ODNR Fishing Report 08/01/2012:

Article Posted: August 01, 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 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 casting N of West Sister Island and N of “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best from 1 to 4 miles offshore between Metzger’s Marsh and Crane Creek, around “A”, “B”, “C”, and “H” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green and Rattlesnake Islands, and NE of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy near the Canadian border N of Vermilion. Anglers are picking up a few fish in 70-77’ of water N of Chagrin River. Excellent continues fishing in 70-74’ of water N of Geneva and NW of Ashtabula. Trollers are using planer boards, dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with purple, blue, green, pink and yellow spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good. The best locations to fish include 39-47’ of water N of the Cuyahoga River and in 40-44’ of water N of Wildwood State Park. Further east, perch catches have been good in 45’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 40-50’ of water NE of Geneva and in 43-48’ of water N 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 29’ depths and around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. This past week anglers are having good luck using crayfish. Also try drop shot rigs with rubber worms, leeches, tube jigs, and crank baits.

White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 12-25’ of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20’ of water N of Eastlake CEI. 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.

Steelhead Trout anglers are catching fish while trolling for walleye off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.

The water temperature is 76 degrees off of Toledo and 80 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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