ODNR Fishing Report for 07/08/2008:

Article Posted: July 08, 2008

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**The daily bag limit for Lake Erie yellow perch will dropped from 30 to 25 fish per angler effective July 1, 2008 in waters west of the Huron pier. The daily bag limit will remain at 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters from Huron eastward. Any boats landing west of Huron, Ohio will be subject to the 25 fish daily bag limit, while boats landing at Huron or points east will be subject to a 30 fish daily bag limit. Shore-based anglers west of the Huron pier will be subject to a 25 fish daily bag limit, while those on the pier and eastward will remain at 30 fish daily.**

**The walleye bag limit is 6 fish per day. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15.**

**The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a 14 minimum size limit.**

**The steelhead trout daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**

Western Basin

Over the past week walleye fishing was slow for anglers that were casting. Trollers are still catching fish, but the action is a littler slower than past weeks. West of the islands the best fishing has been between West Sister Island and the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, between the northern cans of the Camp Perry range and West Sister Island, and NE of Niagara Reef. Around the Island area Kelleys Island has been best with most of the fish being caught from NW or NE of the Island. Drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses or casting mayfly rigs has been productive. Trollers have been catching fish on spoons with divers, or worm harnesses fished with inline weights, snap weights, bottom bouncers, or divers. The best spoon colors have been pinks and purples.

Yellow perch reports have been few and far between recently. Try the green can W of Catawba, the airport reef E of Kelleys Island, Lakeside or Cedar Point for summer yellow perch. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been very good N of Cranberry Creek marina in 32 of water, on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, NW of the Chagrin River in 56 to 62 of water, NW of Wildwood State Park in 60 to 62 of water, N of Fairport Harbor in 60 to 72 of water, NW of Geneva in 60 to 72 of water, and NW of Ashtabula in 60 to 72 of water. Trollers are using crankbaits or spoons and worm harnesses off jet divers, dipsy divers, planer boards and downriggers. The best action has been 20 down and the best spoon colors have been chartreuse, silver, orange, green and pink.

Yellow perch fishing has been good NW of Edgewater State Park in 43 to 47 of water, NW of Chagrin River in 38 to 44 of water, NW of Fairport Harbor in 45 to 55 of water, and N of Ashtabula in 50 to 60 of water. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Fish have ranged from 7 to 12 inches.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 5 to 20 of water around Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors. Fish are being caught on watermelon, pumpkinseed and green tube jigs.

Steelhead fishing is picking up and fish are being caught off Chagrin River, Fairport, Geneva and Ashtabula. Anglers are catching steelhead on spoons while trolling for walleye.

Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 70 off of Toledo and 69 off of Cleveland.



Source: ODNR






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