Lake Erie Fishing Report
Updated May 8, 2013
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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 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 inches.
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 excellent at times over the past week (as of 5/7). The best areas were W of South Bass Island, between Middle Bass Island and North Bass Island, N of North Bass Island, and N of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on crankbaits and worm harnesses. Jigging has slowed down on the reefs and W of the reefs as the spawning season is ending.
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 10-15’ of water using rapalas, husky jerks and reef runners.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair to average in 36-50’ of water N of Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 36’ of water N of the Fairport Harbor lighthouse, in 38’ of water N of the Ashtabula lighthouse and also NW of Ashtabula in 60’ of water. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been spotty in the Cleveland area and off the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.
Smallmouth bass is picking up in 15 to 25’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crank baits.
The water temperature is 56 degrees off of Toledo and 45 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.
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