ODNR Fishing Report 08/06/2013:

Article Posted: August 06, 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 best around the Toledo water intake and West Sister Island, W of North Bass Island, and at American Eagle shoal. A hit-or-miss bite has been between North Bass Island and Gull Island 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 best around the Toledo water intake, West Sister Island, SE and E of Kelleys Island, and at Kelleys Island shoal. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, in less than 20 of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion, and 4 miles N of Vermilion trolling crankbaits and worm harnesses. Excellent fishing was reported in 70-73 of water N of Geneva and in 70-73 of water NE of Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with yellow, pink, green, and orange spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 6 miles N of Huron, in 46 of water NW of Rocky River (Gold Coast), in 40 of water NW of Gordon Park, in 36-52 of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 48 of water N of Geneva and in 50 of water N of Ashtabula. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 10 to 20 of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using nightcrawlers, soft-craws, leeches and crankbaits.

White Bass fishing has been slow. Best spots to try are E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.

The water temperature is 69 degrees off of Toledo and 70 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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