ODNR Fishing Report 5/21/2014:

Article Posted: May 21, 2014

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Regulations to Remember:

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 inches.
The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
From May 16 through August 31 the daily bag limit increases to 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): May 1 through June 27 is closed to possession (catch and release only). On June 28 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14 inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Where: Anglers trolling are catching fish along the northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, around Kelleys Island, and in 30 to 40-feet of water from Huron to Lorain. Anglers jigging are still catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and in Maumee Bay; although, jig fishing will be ending shortly as fish migrate away from spawning areas.
How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using deep diving crankbaits such as Rapala deep husky jerks and Reef Runners, as well as with worm harnesses using inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers. Hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners are the most popular jigging lures.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 20-feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass are being caught on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Where: are being caught off the Cleveland area in 45-feet of water and off Fairport Harbor in 42 to 43-feet of water.
How:Anglers are trolling using worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Fishing has been good in 48-feet of water near the Cleveland water intake crib, in 50-feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 39 to 47-feet of water northeast of Ashtabula. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass
Where: Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25-feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using leeches, tube jigs and crankbaits.

Channel Catfish
Where: Fishing has been very good in the Grand River.
How: Anglers are using night crawlers and large chubs.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 56 off Toledo and 51 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Source: ODNR

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