**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.**|
Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with many limits being caught. The best fishing has been along the Canadian border from Middle Sister to North Bass Island, nearshore from the Toledo harbor light to Metzgers Marsh in 19 to 21 of water, around A and B cans of the Camp Perry firing range, and 2 to 4 miles east of Niagara Reef towards Green Island. 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 around the Toledo water intake, off of Lakeside, and N of Kelleys Island around Gull and Kelleys Island shoals. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing in the central basin has been excellent. Fish have been caught in 38 of water north of Cranberry Creek, 4 to 5 miles N of Lorain, 4 to 5 miles NE of Lorain (E of the old trash dump),
6 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 50 to 58 of water, 4 to 5 miles N of Eastlake in 45 to 55 of water, 3 to 6 miles NE of Fairport Harbor in 50 to 70 of water, and 3 to 6 miles NW of Geneva in 50 to 70 of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or monkey puke, bloody nose, watermelon, killer bee and copper/back spoons trolled with dipsy divers or trolled with jet divers off planer boards. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 30 to 50'.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent 2 miles N of Wildwood State Park in Euclid in 42 to 45' feet of water, 2 miles N of Bratenal in 40', 2-3 miles N of Ashtabula in 50-55 of water, 2 to 3 miles N of Conneaut in 50-55 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 on Ruggles Reef between Huron and Vermilion, and along the shoreline from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut in 10 to 25 of water. Fish have been caught on tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.
White bass fishing has been fair 1/2 mile N of Eastlake CEI power plant. Anglers are using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails.
Shore anglers are catching white bass at the Eastlake CEI pier using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails and small spoons.
Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 71 to 74 degrees.