ODNR Fishing Report for 10/9/2014:

Article Posted: October 11, 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

Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come north of North Bass Island and along the Canadian border to Gull Island Shoal. As water temperatures drop walleye should return to the island area from farther east.
How: Anglers trolling are using crankbaits, 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 numbers of fish and the size of the fish is starting to improve as temperatures drop. The best spots have been the Toledo lighthouse, 3 miles north of Little Cedar Point, west of West Sister Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, east of Middle Bass Island, off Kelleys Island airport reef, southeast of Kelleys Island Shoal, between Kelleys Island and Marblehead, and the dumping grounds east of Marblehead.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

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

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

Central Basin

Where: Some walleye have been caught just north of the Huron dumping grounds and east of the dumping grounds with deep diving crankbaits. Farther east there were very few reports this week due to rough weather. From last week, try in 68-to-72 feet of water north of Ashtabula and in the same depth north of Conneaut. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are trolling planer boards or Dipsy divers with worm harnesses or stick baits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch on the dumping grounds near Lorain and near the weather buoy around the sandbar. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 50-to-60 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 39-to-60 feet of water north-northeast of Gordon Park, in 55-to-71 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 60-to-74 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 around 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 boat are catching white bass north of Cleveland in 50-to-60 feet of water while fishing for yellow perch. 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 time. 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.

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, jigs and maggots, spinners, and small crank baits either by casting or trolling.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 57 off Toledo and 63 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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