** 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”.**
Walleye: The best fishing in the western basin has been NE of West Sister Island, east of Middle Sister along the Canadian border, and 3-5 miles east, northeast of Kelleys. Casters are using 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: The best perch reports have come from Marblehead, Kelleys Island, and Green Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been excellent between Ruggles Reef and Lorain in 28 to 36’ of water, on Avon point, 40 to 55’ NE off Edgewater Park in Cleveland and 40 to 60’ NW off Wildwood State Park, 30 to 50’ NW off Fairport and 50 to 60’ NW off Ashtabula. Trollers are using black, purple, orange and green spoons and worm harnesses off planer boards and jet divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 45 to 50’ NW off Cleveland and 38 to 41’ NE off Edgewater Park in Cleveland, 50 to 55’ NW off Fairport, 37’ NE off Ashtabula and 37 to 39’ NE off Conneaut. 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 10 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, smoke and brown tube jigs, and by trolling crankbaits.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 72 degrees off of Toledo and 66 degrees off of Cleveland.