ODNR Fishing Report 10/02/2012:

Article Posted: October 03, 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 2 fish per angler. 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: There have been very few reports over the past week. The best reports have come from NE of C can of the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have been using divers with spoons, or crankbaits off of planer boards.

Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best spots have been buoy 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, the Gravel Pit W of West Sister Island, N and W of West Sister Island, N of B and C cans of the Camp Perry firing range, W of Green Island, S of Rattlesnake Island, N of North Bass Island, the green buoy W of Catawba, and NE of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Not many reports are coming in from the Ashtabula-Conneaut area. Look for walleye in 65-70 of water 8-9 miles out. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, black, red, green, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 10 miles N of Vermilion, 2 miles N of Beaver Creek, and off of the Avon power plant. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 35-38 of water N of Rocky River, in 38-42 of water N of Gordon Park, in 32-34 of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 47-50 of water NE of Ashtabula and in 60-64 of water NE of Conneaut.. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be very good in 15 to 23 depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are having good luck using crayfish, drop shot rigs and tube jigs.

White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 10-25 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 off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river. Try using small spoons, spinner baits and jigs with maggots.

The water temperature is 60 degrees off of Toledo and 65 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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