** The 15" walleye minimum size limit remains in effect for the entire|
Surface temperatures are in the lower 70's.
The best walleye fishing has been in the area near the US/Canada border
where "F" can was, and around Gull Island shoal between Kelleys Island and
Middle Island. Drifting mayfly rigs and trolling spoons or worm harnesses
produce the most fish. Walleye hatched in 2003 (ranging in size from 5 to
10 inches) are already being caught. Please handle these sub-legal fish as
gently as possible and quickly return them to the water.
Yellow perch fishing has been best around Gull Island Shoal, between
Marblehead and Kelleys Island, and around "C" can of the Camp Perry firing
range. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys
Island and Sandusky Bay.
The best walleye fishing has been N of Lorain along the east side of the
sandbar, 12 to 13 miles N-NE of Ashtabula in 70 to 72 feet of water, and 7
miles N of Conneaut in 68 to 70 feet of water. Trolling spoons or worm
harnesses using divers or downriggers has produced the best catches.
Yellow perch fishing has been best 1 to 2 miles N of Vermilion, 4 to 5 miles
N of Cleveland in 48 to 57 feet of water, 3 miles NW of Fairport Harbor in
47 to 50 feet of water, and 2 to 4 miles N of Conneaut in 45 to 52 feet of
water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around Ruggles Reef and Avon
Point. Tube jigs have been the most productive lures.
Steelhead have been caught by anglers trolling spoons 14 to 16 miles N of
Ashtabula in 70 to 74 feet of water and 12 to 15 miles N of Fairport Harbor
in 70 to 76 feet of water. Target areas with schools of baitfish where
walleye are also being caught.
White bass have been caught by anglers using shiners at Edgewater and the
Cleveland lakefront in 15 to 30 feet of water.