ODNR Fishing Report 05/21/2013:

Article Posted: May 22, 2013

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** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 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 from May 16 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12.

** Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) from May 1 through June 28. On Saturday, June 29 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14 minimum size limit.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week (as of 5/21). The best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, Niagara Reef, W of Rattlesnake Island and Green Island, and N of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on crankbaits and worm harnesses. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.

Yellow perch have been caught N of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught N of Lorain in 48 to 50 of water, and off Rocky River in 53 of water fishing on the bottom using worm harnesses. Also nearshore off Cleveland in the early mornings and after 6:00 pm in 35-38 of water using rapalas, husky jerks and reef runners. Anglers are starting to catch some fish in 38-42 of water off Mentor Lagoons. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good weather permitting in 42 of water N of Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 38 of water N of Bratenahl, and in 38-42 of water N of Mentor Lagoons. Fishing has been very good in 40-43 of water N of the Ashtabula and in 28-42 NW of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been good off the E. 55th St and E. 72 nd St piers in Cleveland. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 15 to 25 of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas. Anglers are using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits.

For steelhead fishing reports visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx

The water temperature is 63 degrees off of Toledo and 53 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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