ODNR Fishing Report for 03/30/2004: OH

Article Posted: March 30, 2004

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**As of March 1, 2004 the bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie and its tributaries is 3 fish. On May 1 the bag limit will return to 6
walleye. A new 15" minimum size limit for walleye is in place for the
entire season. Single hook restrictions have also been extended to the
mouth of Maumee Bay and Sandusky Bay. See the 2004-2005 Ohio fishing
regulations brochure for a complete listing of all fishing regulations.
2004 licenses are required as of March 1.**

Anglers are fishing for walleye on the reef complex north of Camp Perry, the
Bass Islands area and around Marblehead. Water temperatures are in the mid
to upper 30's and water clarities range from less than one foot around
Marblehead to over three feet around the Islands and outside of the reef
complex. Over the past weekend (3/27) limits of male walleye were caught by
jigging the reefs and larger females were caught trolling near the reefs.
ODNR walleye sampling on the reefs last week (3/25) produced many male
walleye, and also the first females of the season. As the water warms
expect more walleye to move into the reef complex area. Popular spring
techniques include jigging shallow reef areas with shiner-tipped jigs or
trolling crankbaits in open water surrounding the reefs. When fishing the
reef complex be aware that ODNR sampling will be taking place throughout the
spring. Nets are clearly marked with yellow flags and floats. Please stay
clear of areas with nets.


Rivers (report as of 3/29/2004)-

Maumee River - 50, water is muddy, level is high. Anglers are taking good
to excellent numbers of walleye (approx. 17"-23"), in the areas of Orleans
Park, White Street & Ft. Meigs. Blue Grass Island is inaccessible. Anglers
are using Carolina rigs with floating jig heads or oz. -3/4 oz. jigs with
white, chartreuse, orange & hot pink twister tails. Outlook is excellent.

Sandusky River - 47, water is muddy, level is high. Anglers are taking
excellent numbers of male & female walleye (approx. 18"-24"), between State
Street and Hayes Street. Fish are being caught on oz. jigs with
chartreuse, yellow & hot pink twister tails. Outlook is excellent.

Steelhead:

This is peak time to fish the Lake Erie tributaries for steelhead. As of
3/29/04 the main tributaries are improving, but rain in the forecast could
quickly raise river levels again. If main tributaries become unfishable try
smaller feeder creeks. Spawn sacs, jigs tipped with maggots, and flies are
popular deep pool presentations. In shallower areas with gravel substrate
and high current sucker spawn or brightly colored streamers work best.

Rocky River:Fish from the Emerald Necklace marina up past the Nature Center.
Cuyahoga River: Fish from the Rt. 82 dam up through the CVNRA.
Chagrin River: Fish from the soccer fields to North Chagrin Reservation and also Eastlake CEI.
Grand River: Fish from the Fairport pier up to Harpersfield Dam.
Also try Big, Kellogg, and Paine creeks.
Arcola Creek:
Fish in the estuary pond area. Also try Cowles and Wheeler creeks.
Ashtabula River: Fish the harbor up through Indian Trails Park.
Conneaut Creek: Fish the harbor up through the PA line.
Vermilion River: Fish from the boat ramp up past the Rt. 2 bridge to Kipton and Wakeman dams.


Source: ODNR






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