Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – December 7th, 2012
• The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 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 two fish per angler. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
• The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Through Thanksgiving day, walleye fishing was excellent with many limits being caught, including some fish over 10 pounds. Fish were caught 1.5 miles south of “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, and north of Kelleys Island. Wind after Thanksgiving temporarily limited fishing opportunities on the main lake. Trollers are using crankbaits such as Reef Runners and Rapala Deep Husky Jerks. Most walleyes are caught in the fall by trolling crankbaits in open water or by fishing at night nearshore and around piers. Fall yellow perch fishing can also produce some of the best catches of the season.
Most perch anglers fish around the islands or within a few miles of the ports from Huron to Conneaut.
The water temperature as of Nov. 27 was 41 degrees off of Toledo and 46 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.
The Rocky River fishing conditions are currently challenging with the water on the low side. The water was becoming clear. There is a chance of rain on Nov. 30, which could serve to improve weekend fishing conditions. Most anglers were disappointed with tough fishing over the past week. Following and early start to the steelhead season, it now appears that numbers of steelhead trout are currently below average in all our tributaries for this time of year, as mid to late November traditionally offers up lots of trout in our streams. Given modest numbers of steelhead in the rivers, heavy angling pressure over the past week, challenging low water conditions, and a forecast for warm weather, Cleveland Metroparks biologist Mike Durkalec expects this tough fishing to continue. Despite the challenging conditions, steelhead were caught recently and a small handful of adaptable anglers even reported good fishing in some areas. For the most part, the best fishing was reported in the deeper holes on the northern few miles of the Rocky and Chagrin rivers. Live minnows were a top producer, and small 1⁄64- and 1⁄32-ounce jigs tipped with a few maggots or wax worms and salmon egg imitating beads also accounted for their share of fish. Small to medium size Vibrax or Roostertail spinners and Little Cleo spoons have also been hooking a few fish, especially by the marina and northern river. Fly-fishers are using a mix of beadhead nymphs and eggs patterns (sizes 12-16) and baitfish imitation streamers. Anglers having the most success are using lighter fluorocarbon leaders (4-6-pound) and smaller split shot and floats/indicators.
Wallace Lake was stocked with 600 pounds of catchable channel catfish in mid-October. These fish bite well on chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished near the lake bottom along shoreline drop-offs. The Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area off East 49th Street was stocked with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout in mid October. These fish, ranging from 1-3 pounds, were been biting well on various colors of PowerBait. The canal was also stocked with 1,000 yearling channel catfish by ODNR recently. Please heed clearly posted fishing regulations at these (and other) Cleveland Metroparks fishing locations. Wallace and Hinckley lake anglers willing to slow down their presentations have reported decent largemouth bass fishing recently.
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