ODNR Fishing Report 08/27/2013:

Article Posted: August 28, 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. Beginning September 1st the daily bag limit reduces to 2 fish. 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. The best areas were E of West Sister Island, around L, C and E cans of the Camp Perry firing range, NW of North Bass Island along the Canadian border, on West Reef, W of Rattlesnake Island, and along the Canadian border NE of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms.

Yellow perch fishing was best 1-2 miles N of the Toledo water intake, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, off Little Cedar Point, both SE and W of West Sister Island, around B and C cans of the Camp Perry firing range, NW of Rattlesnake Island and Green Island, on the dumping grounds E of Marblehead, off of Cedar Point, and 1-5 miles E of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the SW corner of the sandbar (N of Vermilion), W of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, the best of the year, was reported in 70-72 of water NE of Ashtabula and in 68-72 of water N-NE of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, white, orange, yellow and green stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair in 47 of water N of Edgewater Park and in 65 of water N of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing in 56-58 of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 46-60 of water NE of Geneva, in 58-70 of water NE of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good 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 tube jigs.

White Bass fishing has been good with larger adult fish being caught off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. 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.

Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and E 55 St piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Catfish are also being caught in the Grand River. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.

The water temperature is 72 degrees off of Toledo and 72 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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