ODNR Fishing Report 01/07/2020|
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 (singly or in combination) per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is 5 fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Effective January 1, 2020, it is legal to use three rods per angler in the Lake Erie Sportfishing District.
A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from January 1 to April 30, 2020 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.
See the Ohio Fishing Regulations for more information.
Lake Erie Western Basin
Where: Limits are being reported in the western basin all the way east to Cleveland. The most popular launches have been the Lucas County Ramp, Mazurik, Catawba, Huron, and Lorain. Anglers are going out trying to find marks, which may come from 18-30 feet in the western basin, and 40-60 feet of water closer to Cleveland. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution with cold water temperatures, and to use lifejackets or float coats at all times.
How: Trolling deep diving crankbaits and stick baits has been the most popular technique at speeds 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers have been experimenting with lures 50-150 feet back without any additional weight, or 20-40 feet back to a 2 oz. weight, and another 20-40 feet back to the lure. Natural colors have been best.
The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 36 degrees, off Cleveland 39 degrees, and off Erie 37 degrees.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while on the water.