** 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 2 fish per angler September 1 through May 15. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.
** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 14”.**
Walleye: There has been very little walleye fishing effort in the western basin recently. Expect fishing to improve around Kelleys Island and the Bass Islands as temperatures drop and fish start returning to the area.
Yellow perch: Perch fishing has been good in the western basin when conditions have allowed. The best reports have come from the gravel pit W of West Sister Island, between “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Ballast Island, the green buoy off of Catawba State Park, and off of the Marblehead lighthouse. Most fish have been in the 7 to 9” range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye has slowed down with very few anglers targeting them. Conditions have limited fishing opportunities and greatly reduced water clarity as of 10/5/10. A few fish have been caught between Cedar Point and Vermilion, and 19 miles NE of Conneaut in 76’. Trollers are using green, yellow, and orange spoons off dipsy divers, planer boards and jet divers. Crankbaits are also being used with some success.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 35-40’ and 50-51’ N-NE of Edgewater State Park, 40-46’ N-NE of Wildwood State Park, 49’ NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and 42-44’ NE of Geneva. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Steelhead fishing from shore is picking up as fish begin to move up into the rivers and anglers are catching fish at the mouth of the Chagrin River, Grand River, Geneva State Park, Euclid Creek (Wildwood State Park), Conneaut Creek and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Anglers are using small spoons and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber.
To view the most recent steelhead fishing report on the Division of Wildlife web page visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx
Based on the nearshore forecast the water temperature is 57 degrees off of Toledo and 63 degrees off of Cleveland.