ODNR Fishing Report for 7/05/2006: OH

Article Posted: July 05, 206

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**The walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. A 15" minimum size limit for walleye remains in effect for the entire season. The Lake Erie daily bag limit for yellow perch is 40 fish. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". The steelhead trout bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with many limits being caught. The best fishing has been near the Canadian border SE of Middle Sister Island near the old F and G cans, and also NW of the Toledo shipping channel turnaround buoy. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or worm harnesses with bottom bouncers, while trollers are using worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers and jet or dipsy divers with spoons. The best spoon colors have been patterns that include gold or purples.

The best yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been NW of Kelleys Island, E of Kelleys Island, and N of Kelleys Island around Gull and Kelleys Island shoals. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been good. Fish have been caught 4 to 5 miles NW of Lorain (E of the S end of the sandbar), 4 to 5 miles NE of Lorain (E of the old trash dump), 4 to 5 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 45 to 50 of water, 12 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 62 to 65 of water, 2 to 3 miles N-NW of Fairport Harbor in 54 to 60 of water, and 2 to 3 miles N-NW of Geneva in 54 to 60 of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or monkey puke, bloody nose, watermelon, killer bee and copper/back spoons trolled with dipsy or jet divers. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 20 to 40'.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent 3 miles N of Willowick in 38 to 42' feet of water, 2 miles N of Bratenal in 32', 3 miles N of Ashtabula in 54 of water, 2 miles NW of Conneaut in 42-54 of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent from Fairport Harbor to Perry in 10 to 24 of water. Fish have been caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.

White bass fishing has been good 1/2 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white and yellow jigs.

Shore anglers are catching white bass at the Eastlake CEI pier using agitators with white/yellow twistertails and small spoons.

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 70 to 72 degrees.



Source: ODNR






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