** 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 NW of West Sister Island, east of Middle Sister along the Canadian border, and east of Kelleys Island. Fish were also caught at Crane Creek and B-can. 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 between Marblehead and Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been very good 4 to 6 miles offshore between Vermilion and Lorain, in 30’ to 35’ of water from Huron to Cranberry Creek, 70-75’ NW off Wildwood State Park, 40-44’ NE off Chagrin River, 38 to 42’ NW off Fairport, 70 to 75’ NE off Ashtabula and 65 to 72’ N off Lakeshore Park. Anglers are fishing down 30 to 40’. Trollers are using pink, red, yellow, black, purple, orange and green spoons and worm harnesses off planer boards and jet divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been good to excellent in 38 to 45’ NW off Edgewater Park, 38 to 45’’ N off Wildwood State Park, 59 to 65’ NW off Ashtabula and 47 to 74’ N off Conneaut. 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 jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, green, smoke and brown tube jigs, and by trolling crankbaits.
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 74 degrees off of Toledo and 71 degrees off of Cleveland.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.