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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - November 23rd, 2012

Posted on November 22, 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.

Walleyes have been caught from Green Island and Rattlesnake Island to “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range by trollers 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.

For steelhead fishing reports visit: www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx

The water temperature as of Nov. 13 was 44 degrees off of Toledo and 50 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

We are approaching prime time of the fall steelhead season, according to Mike Durkalec at Cleveland Metroparks. There is a fresh run of steelhead trout in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers following the massive flooding in early November and fishing has been good. A highlight has been a number of the largest fish of the year making a showing. Local angler Karl Ternay landed a 14-pound buck steelie on the Rocky River on his second drift of the morning this past Sunday, and angler Todd Dyckes caught and released a 32-inch length by 20-inch girth buck (calculated out to about 15 pounds) in the Chagrin River on his spey rod earlier this week, his largest Ohio steelhead in many years of fishing here.

Earlier, bright nickel size eggs sacs and brightly colored egg pattern flies were the top producers. As the water has continued to clear, anglers have also been hooking up well on marabou jigs tipped with maggots, minnows, and more subdued fly patterns. Silvery spoons and spinners can be a good bet for fresh run fish, too. As the water continues to clear into the weekend and fish see more pressure, wise anglers will begin employing finesse techniques with smaller offerings on lighter 4-6 pound leaders, such as small jigs tipped with a few maggots, live minnows, small spinners, beads that simulate single salmon eggs, tiny egg sacs (index fingernail size), and beadhead nymph (size 14 is a good bet in clear water) and streamer fly patterns (Clouser minnows and Woolly Buggers are good). Fish will become more concentrated in the deeper holes as the water continues to drop.

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 & Erie Canal fishing area off East 49th Street was stocked with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout in mid-October, as well. These fish, ranging from 1-3 pounds, were been biting well on rainbow color PowerBait, although most reports from anglers indicate the bite has tapered off there. 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.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clemetparks.com