ODNR Fishing Report 07/16/2013:

Article Posted: July 16, 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.

** 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 was good over the past week (as of 7/16). The best areas were between West Sister Island and Middle Sister Island, off of Crane Creek, Northwest Reef (W of North Bass Island), and between Kelleys Island Shoal and the Canadian border. 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 fishing was good over the past week (as of 7/16). The best areas have been the gravel pit, B can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Rattlesnake Island and West Reef, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border, in 20-24 of water NE of Rocky River, in 32-42 of water N of Edgewater, in 68-72 of water NE of Geneva, and in 68-72 of water N of Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses and yellow ,orange, pink, green and purple spoons with copper backs.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 39-43 of water off of Avon point, Edgewater, Eastlake/Mentor, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula, and Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching a few fish off the E. 55 St pier in Cleveland, the Mentor Headlands pier, and the short pier on the Grand River. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15 to 25 of water around harbor areas in Cleveland (5-20 of water), Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas. Anglers are using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, curly tail grubs, soft-craws and leeches.

White Bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach and Sims Park in Euclid and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.

The water temperature is 74 degrees off of Toledo and 68 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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