ODNR Fishing Report 06/12/2012:

Article Posted: June 13, 2012

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 15.**

** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**

** The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler from May 16 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12.

** It is illegal to possess black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie from May 1 through June 29. The season re-opens on Saturday, June 30 with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a 14 minimum size limit.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has slowed due to the rough lake conditions. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting NW of West Sister Island, at the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, and along the Canadian border from North Bass Island to Gull Island Shoal. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best around Gull Island Shoal, off of Niagara Reef, off of Marblehead, N of Cedar Point, and in the south passage off of West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good. Fish have been caught from Ruggles Reef to Vermilion, in 50 of water NW of Lorain, in 63-64 of water N of Gordon Park, in 30-40 of water NW of Fairport Harbor and in 68-70 of water NE of Geneva. Trollers are using divers with blue, pink and purple spoons and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair to good. The best locations to fish include 27-38 N of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 35 NW of Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula, and 42-47 NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor out at the lighthouse.

Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best. Shore anglers are also catching rock bass off the Cleveland piers.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25 around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crank baits. East of Fairport Harbor anglers are trolling crank baits in 17-22 with good success.

Catfish fishing continues to be very good in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 68 degrees off of Toledo and 63 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

Source: ODNR

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