ODNR Fishing Report 07/23/2013:

Article Posted: July 24, 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 7/23). The best areas were NW of West Sister Island, around the Toledo water intake, and to a lesser extent SW of Kelleys Island on American Eagle Shoal. 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 7/23). The best areas have been the Toledo water intake, A can of the Camp Perry firing range, and within 1 mile of the SW corner of Kelleys Island and the SE corner of Kelleys Island. 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 and in 17 of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion. Excellent fishing was reported in 72-74 of water NE of Geneva and in 72-74 of water NW of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with yellow, pink, green, and orange spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been good just off the Huron River mouth, off of the condos E of Vermilion, in 32-42 and 48 of water N of Edgewater Park, and in 50 of water NW of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing was reported this past week in 42-52 of water NW (the Hump) of Fairport Harbor and in 44-49 of water NW of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow due to muddy water from the big rain storms.

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. 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, E. 55th St in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. Look for fishing to pick up once the water clears up from the rain storms. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.

The water temperature is 75 degrees off of Toledo and 73 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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