ODNR Fishing Report for 10/16/2014:

Article Posted: October 17, 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 north of North Bass Island. 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.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on numbers of fish and the size of fish is starting to improve as the temperatures drop. The best spots have been 4-to-5 miles north of Cooley Canal, south of Green Island, off Port Clinton, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, northwest of Kelleys Island, and between Kelleys Island and 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, drop shot rigs with soft plastics, crankbaits, or jerkbaits.


Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Some walleye have been caught just north of the Huron dumping grounds and also east of the dumping grounds. Anglers are also catching fish in 35 feet of water north-northwest of Cleveland, and in 40-to-60 feet of water from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut.
How: Anglers are trolling planer boards or Dipsy divers with worm harnesses and crankbaits.

Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch 2.5 miles north of Vermilion and near the weather buoy around the sandbar. Good fishing has been reported in 40 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 50-to-58 feet of water north 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. Fish are being caught from shore off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the short pier in Fairport Harbor.
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 boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland in 40-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. 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, jigs and maggots, spinners, and small crank baits either by casting or trolling.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 55 off Toledo and 60 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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