ODNR Fishing Report 07/03/2012:

Article Posted: July 04, 2012

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Lake Erie Fishing Report July 3, 2012

** 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.

** The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14 minimum size limit.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been fair in the western basin. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting N of West Sister Island, at the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, and W of Green Island to Rattlesnake Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best around the Toledo water intake, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and SE of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good. Fish have been caught at the weather buoy near the Canadian line N of Vermilion. Fishing has slowed down off Cleveland with the best locations in 20 of water NW of Rocky River and in 49-55 of water N of Gordon Park. There has been very good fishing in 69-72 of water NE of Geneva and in 65-70 of water NE of Conneaut. Trollers are using planer boards, dipsy divers and jet divers with green, yellow, pink, and purple spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good to excellent. The best locations to fish include 38-40 of water NE of Edgewater Park, in 40-42 NW of Fairport Harbor and in 43-47 NW and 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 22-24 with good success. In the Grand River, anglers are catching smallmouth and some largemouth bass.

White Bass Anglers are catch white bass near shore along the shoreline. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.

Catfish fishing has slowed down in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing but fish are still being caught.. Anglers are using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 74 degrees off of Toledo and 73 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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