Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 8th, 2012
- The daily bag limit for walleyes 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 5 fish per angler through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
- It is illegal to possess black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie from May 1 through June 29. The season re-opens on Saturday, June 30, with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Walleye fishing has been good recently. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting from West Sister Island to the Gravel Pit, off of “A” and “D” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green Island and “D” can, and southwest of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with in-line weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been slow, but fish have been caught on shiners off of the Toledo water intake, Marblehead and Kelleys Island.
Walleye fishing has been very good around Ruggles Reef, north of Lorain, in 45-47 feet of water north and northeast of Gordon Park, in 50-66 feet northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 42-60 feet northwest of Geneva. Trollers are using divers with purple, yellow, black, or blue spoons and also worm harnesses.
Yellow perch fishing has been good in 30 feet of water east of Gordon Park, in 26 feet northeast of Chagrin River, in 38 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 37-42 feet northeast of Ashtabula, and in 36-40 feet north-northeast of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor out at the lighthouse. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best. Shore anglers are also catching rock bass off the Cleveland piers.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs and crankbaits. Anglers are also catching fish in the Grand River up to the Painesville dam using tube jigs and golden shiners.
Catfish fishing has been excellent in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using nightcrawlers.