January 14, 2019|
The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is to 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
New for 2019:
A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.
Where: The open water season is coming to a close. Ramps and harbors in the western basin beginning to form significant ice, though the main lake remains open. A few brave anglers will continue to search out open water, but it is not advised.
How: Anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits 80 to 100 feet back at speeds of 1.0 to 1.4 mph unassisted, or adding snap weights up to 2 oz. 40 feet back to get down to the fish. Anglers have also reported success jigging lipless crankbaits and spoons tipped with shiners, like ice fishing presentations.
Where: Fishing effort for yellow perch has been low, but some anglers are still targeting and catching fish near harbor mouths in the Cleveland area.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Where: Good fishing reported from anglers trolling inside the Fairport Harbor break wall and inside the Conneaut break wall. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the Edgewater, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor, and Painesville Township piers, and the Fairport Harbor break wall.
How: The best baits have been small spoons and crankbaits for anglers trolling fishing from boats, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber or small spoons for anglers fishing from shore.
The Lake Erie water temperature is 34 off Toledo and 37 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the water.