** The 15" walleye minimum size limit remains in effect for the entire|
season. Anglers are reminded that the daily bag limit for trout and
salmon on Lake Erie and its tributaries is 2, beginning September 1
through May 15, 2005. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.**
Surface temperatures range from 43 to 48 degrees.
Windy weather over Thanksgiving week reduced main lake fishing
opportunities. When conditions allow fishing should pick back up in the
same areas as a few weeks ago.
Walleye fishing had been excellent at times from Cedar Point to
Cleveland. Fish were caught during the day by anglers fishing offshore
in water from 35 to 45' deep from Cedar Point to Lorain. Trolling
crankbaits or spoons has produced the most fish. At night fish were
caught by trollers fishing near Catawba, from the Mazurik access to
Marblehead, from Cedar Point to Vermilion, and near the Lorain and
Cleveland breakwalls. Exceptional catches of fish over 10 pounds were
common off of the Cleveland breakwall at night. Trollers are using
minnow-imitating stickbaits pulled behind inline planer boards along
breakwalls and in shallow nearshore areas around the locations mentioned
earlier. Pier fishing has also been good this fall. Cast crankbaits
that imitate shad or shiners in any of the following areas: Catawba,
Lakeside/Marblehead, Huron, Lorain and Cleveland.
Yellow perch fishing was exceptional with limit catches of fish between
9 and 13 inches being common. The best areas included (but are not
limited to): Cleveland, Lorain and Marblehead. Use shiners on spreaders
or crappie rigs near the bottom in areas within a few miles of shore for
Steelhead (December 1, 2004)
Most rivers and streams are in poor shape with higher flows and lower
clarity with the spate of recent showers. Smaller tributaries and rivers
will clear first. Expect fresh fish in the major rivers and smaller
tributaries. Active fish can be found from the beaches to the upper
Vermilion River: Fish from the river mouth up to Birmingham.
Rocky River: Fish from the Emerald Necklace marina up to the Nature
Cuyahoga River: Fish from the harbor area up past the Rt. 82 dam up to
Chagrin River: Fish from the soccer fields to Daniels Park.
Grand River: Fish from the Mentor Headlands and Fairport piers up to
Harpersfield Dam. NOTE: Construction advisory in Painesville Twp. at SR
Arcola Creek: Fish in the estuary pond area and beach.
Ashtabula River: Fish from the Walnut Creek breakwall up through Indian
Conneaut Creek: Fish from the harbor up to the State line.