ODNR Fishing Report for 05/25/2010:

Article Posted: May 25, 2010

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** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15. **

** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**

** The steelhead daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler through August 31. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.


** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) season is closed to possession (catch-and-release only) from May 1 through June 25. On June 26 the daily bag limit will return to 5 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 14.**

Western Basin

Walleye: Muddy water has limited walleye fishing in the far western basin. Farther east the best fishing was around Niagara Reef, D can of the Camp Perry firing range, from Green Island to North Bass Island, and also NE of Kelleys Island. Casters are switching over to mayfly rigs or drifting bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Trollers are catching fish on spoons and dipsys or jet divers, worm harnesses with inline weights, or with crankbaits.


Yellow perch: With most of the fishing effort being directed towards walleye, there have been very few perch reports. The best reports have come from between Marblehead and Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.


Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent between Ruggles Reef and Lorain in 28 to 32 of water, and nearshore in 10-25 off Cleveland. Anglers are also catching fish in 35-44 off Fairport Harbor. Trollers are using crank baits, spoons and worm harnesses off planer boards and jet divers and also flatline trolling. Fishing is picking up on the piers at Eastlake and Cleveland. The best times are in the evening and early morning.


Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 40-42 off Cleveland, Wildwood State Park, Fairport and Geneva. Shore anglers have been catching fish off the Headlands Beach and Fairport piers on the Grand River and in Cleveland off the E 55th and E 72 st piers in Cleveland. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.


Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 5 to 20 around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on soft-crawls, jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, green and brown tube jigs, and by trolling crankbaits.

Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 61 degrees off of Toledo and 54 degrees off of Cleveland.



Source: ODNR






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