** The 15" walleye minimum size limit remains in effect for the entire|
season. Beginning May 1 the walleye daily bag limit on Ohio waters of
Lake Erie returned to 6 fish. On May 16 the trout and salmon bag limit
increased to 5 fish per day. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.**
**From May 1 through Friday June 24 there is a no-possession season for
smallmouth bass on Lake Erie. Anglers can legally target smallmouth
bass, but they must be immediately returned to the water.**
The best walleye fishing has been W and N of North Bass Island, outside
of Maumee Bay, around Niagara reef of the Camp Perry firing range, and N
of Kelleys Island. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling
crankbaits or spoons produce the most fish.
Yellow perch fishing has been best near the Marblehead lighthouse, near
the Sandusky Bay foghorn, and E of Kelleys Island. 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 around Ruggles reef E of Huron and off
of the Cleveland piers. Trolling spoons, crankbaits, or crawler
harnesses, along with drifting crawler harnesses or casting crankbaits
from shore have produced the best catches.
Yellow perch fishing has been best off of Ruggles reef, 1 to 2 miles N
of the Vermilion River mouth, NW of Lorain, off of the E 72nd street
lighthouse of Cleveland in 30' of water, and 1 mile N of Ashtabula in
30' of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around Ruggles reef and the
shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water around Fairport, Geneva,
Ashtabula and Conneaut. Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches, tube jigs
and crankbaits have been the most productive lures.
Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 50 to 55 degrees.