ODNR Fishing Report for 8/15/2006: OH

Article Posted: August 15, 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 was excellent through Thursday 8/10, but the NE winds on Friday 8/11 have slowed fishing. Before 8/11 the Toledo water intake, N of �B� and �C� cans of the Camp Perry range, and SW of Kelleys Island on American Eagle Shoal were producing the most fish. Maumee Bay and the Toledo water intake were extremely muddy after the NE winds. Over the past weekend (8/12 and 8/13) walleye were caught N of �B� and �C� cans and SW of Kelleys Island, but fishing was much slower than before the weekend. Drifters are using mayfly rigs or weight forward spinners, while most trollers are using worm harnesses or spoons with jet or dipsy divers. The best spoon colors have been patterns that include gold and purple or red.

The best yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been SW of Kelleys Island, W of the Kelleys Island stone docks, around Green Island, and NE of Ballast Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

White bass fishing has been excellent off of the Cedar Point breakwall and foghorn.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing in the central basin has been very good. Fish have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, 5-6 miles N of the Cleveland Crib in 58-62�of water, 10 miles N of Wildwood State Park (Euclid) to Eastlake in 68-70� of water, 10 to 12 miles N of Geneva in 68 to 74� of water, and 10 to 12 miles N of Ashtabula in 70 to 74� of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses or spoons colored in orange and black, red and black, or purple and black with copper backs, trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers off planer boards. Some anglers are also drifting worm harnesses. Fish are suspended and anglers are fishing down 35 to 50'.

Yellow perch fishing is improving in the central basin with very good catches reported 5 miles N of Bratenahl in 49-60 feet of water, 4 miles N of Wildwood State Park (Euclid) in 42 to 45� of water, 2 to 4 miles N of Fairport in 35 to 50� of water, and 2 to 4 miles N of Ashtabula and Conneaut in 55 to 65� of water. Fish have ranged from 7 to 11 inches. Perch rigs 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 15 to 29� of water. Fish have been caught on goby color tube jigs, goby color drop shot rigs, jigs tipped with minnows or leeches, or by trolling crankbaits.

The best white bass fishing has been 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, Mentor Headlands lighthouse, Wildwood State Park, Rocky River, Avon Lake and Lorain piers using agitators with white, yellow and green twister tails or small spoons.

Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the mid 70�s.




Source: ODNR






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