Lake Erie Region

’Ä¢ The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) season is closed
to possession (catch and release only) from May 1 through June
27.’ÄÇ Beginning June 28 the daily bag limit is 5 fish with a
14-inch minimum size limit.

’Ä¢ The steelhead trout daily bag limit is two through May
15.’ÄÇFrom May 16 through Aug. 31 the bag limit is five. The
minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.

’Ä¢ The walleye bag limit is six fish per day. The minimum size
limit for walleye is 15 inches.

’Ä¢ The yellow perch daily bag limit on Lake Erie is 30 fish per
day.**

Western Basin ’Äì Walleye are post-spawn, with fish migrating to
summer locations.’ÄÇOver the past week, the best fishing has been
around West Sister Island, west of South Bass Island between Green
Island and Rattlesnake Island, and along the Canadian border from
North Bass Island to Gull Island Shoal. Drifting with worm
harnesses or casting mayfly rigs has been productive.’ÄÇTrollers
have been catching fish on worm harnesses fished with inline
weights, snap weights, bottom bouncers, or divers.’ÄÇ Crankbaits
seem to be catching larger fish, but numbers are going to the
harnesses. Spoons fished with divers are catching fish as well.

Yellow perch reports have been sparse.’ÄÇTry fishing some of the
traditional spots around Marblehead and Kelleys Island.

Central Basin ’Äì Walleyes have been caught trolling near shore
from Huron to Lorain in 28 to 36 feet of water, and in 35-45 feet
off Eastlake to Cleveland.’ÄÇTrollers are using stickbaits, spoons,
and worm harnesses off planer boards and also flatline
trolling.’ÄÇFishing is picking up on the piers at Eastlake and
Cleveland.’ÄÇThe best times for shore fishing are in the early
morning and evening with anglers using surface Rapalas.

Yellow perch fishing has been best off of the condos east of
Vermilion, off of the Lorain lighthouse, in 40-50 feet off Fairport
to Conneaut, and 35-40 feet off Cleveland.’ÄÇPerch spreaders with
shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.’ÄÇ Fish have
ranged from 8 to 12 inches.’ÄÇShore anglers are catching fish off
the long pier in Grand River and also the short pier in Fairport
Harbor.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 15 to 25 feet around
harbor areas in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva and Fairport
Harbor.’ÄÇFish are being caught on jigs tipped with minnows,
leeches, tube jigs, and by trolling crankbaits.

’ÄÇThe Rocky River is currently fairly elevated and stained due
to recent rains. Although some anglers were still catching
steelhead last week, this latest rise in water levels will allow
the many dropback (already spawned) steelhead head back to the lake
more easily. With that said, there are always a few steelhead
around in the river up until about mid-May. Although the spring
steelhead run is coming to its end, reports of Lake Erie run
smallmouth bass are on the upswing. Streamer flies and smaller
lures (spinners and plugs) will take their share of smallmouth bass
in the coming weeks, as well as other live baits such as crayfish
and leeches. Most larger smallmouth have been caught in the
northern river reaches. It is strongly encouraged to quickly
release any larger smallmouth this time of year, as they are
getting ready to spawn and natural reproduction is responsible for
sustaining this fishery. When the river levels cooperate, rainbow
trout fishing has been good in deeper holes and around cover in the
East Branch Rocky River between Route 82 (Royalton Road) and the
ford just upstream of Wallace Lake. Spring stocking of trout is
complete as of this time. Trout are also still available at
Hinckley, Shadow and Wallace lakes, too. Power Bait, salmon eggs,
worms, corn and small spinners are among the offerings these trout
will eagerly grab. Additionally, carp and catfish are biting well
in deeper holes throughout the river and white perch and freshwater
drum (sheepshead) are biting well near the marina. Panfish and
largemouth bass have been biting well at various Cleveland
Metroparks lakes and ponds, as well. Some early season boaters have
been reporting great catches of yellow perch and walleye out of the
Emerald Necklace Marina, as well.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clemetparks.com

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