** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie 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 trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler through May 15. The daily bag limit increases to 5 from May 16 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12”.
** Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) from May 1 through June 28. On Saturday, June 29 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14” minimum size limit.**
Walleye fishing was fair over the past week (as of 5/15). The best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, from Rattlesnake Island to Green Island, E of South Bass Island, and N of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on crankbaits and worm harnesses. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.
Yellow perch have been caught N of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye have been caught nearshore off Cleveland after 6:00 pm and at night in 35-38’ of water using rapalas, husky jerks and reef runners.
Yellow perch fishing has been good weather permitting in 38’ of water N of Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 38’ of water N of the Fairport Harbor lighthouse and in 42 to 50’ of water NE of the Ashtabula. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has picked up off the E 55th St. pier in Cleveland. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 15 to 25’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas. Anglers are using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
For steelhead fishing reports visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx
The water temperature is 55 degrees off of Toledo and 52 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.