ODNR Fishing Report 05/28/2013:

Article Posted: May 29, 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 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) 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 excellent over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, D can of the Camp Perry firing range, N of Kelleys Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.

Yellow perch was good over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas have been B can of the Camp Perry firing range, E of Kelleys Island shoal, and E of Kelleys Island airport reef. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught off Rocky River in 53 of water fishing on the bottom using worm harnesses. A few walleye have been caught off the Cleveland Crib area in 50 of water and also in 26-34 of water NW of Fairport Harbor. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good weather permitting in 32-34 of water N off Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 42 of water N of Cuyahoga River light house, in 50-55 of water N of Mentor Lagoons. Fishing has been very good in 38-40 of water N of the Ashtabula and in 38-49 N 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 very 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 soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits.

White Bass fishing has been good in the Grand River up to the Uniroyal hole.

Channel Catfish has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.

The water temperature is 59 degrees off of Toledo and 57 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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