ODNR Fishing Report for 9/17/2014:

Article Posted: September 18, 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.
The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from northwest of North Bass Island and north of Kelleys Island.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on number of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been off Little Cedar Point, south of West Sister Island, 3 miles north of the Toledo water intake, Rattlesnake Island, east of Middle Bass Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, northwest of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits spinner baits and soft plastics.


Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Fishing has been good 4 miles north of Vermilion. Excellent fishing has been reported in 68-to-74 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are using planer boards or Dipsy Divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch off St. Anthony's at Lorain. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 38-to-40 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and downtown Cleveland, in 34-to-48 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park and off Bratenahl, in 38-to-60 feet of water north-northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 48-to-67 feet of water north of Conneaut. Fishing from shore has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good in the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crank baits, soft plastic lures with jigs, drop shot rigs with leeches, and soft craws.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 39-to-44 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.

Steelhead
Where: Anglers are trolling and casting in harbors, break walls and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, spinners, and small crank baits either by casting or trolling.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 64 off Toledo and 68 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.



Source: ODNR






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