Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012
- The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 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 5 fish per angler through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
Walleye fishing has been fair in the western basin. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting north of West Sister Island, at the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, on the reef complex in the Camp Perry firing range, and west of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with in-line weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been best around the Toledo water intake, east of the Kelleys Island airport, and southeast of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been good. Fish have been caught at the weather buoy near the Canadian line north of Vermilion, in 60 feet of water north of Gordon Park, and in 67-77 feet of water northeast of Chagrin River. There has been excellent fishing in 72-73 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 69-72 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula. Trollers are using divers with green, yellow, black, blue, pink and purple spoons, and worm harnesses.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish include 35 feet of water northeast of Wildwood State Park, in 40 feet of water in the North Chagrin River, in 30-38 feet northeast and northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 40-47 feet 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 and evenings 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 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. East of Fairport Harbor anglers are trolling crankbaits in 17-22 inches with good success.
White bass anglers are catching fish near shore along the shoreline. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with Twister Tails or using small spoons.
Catfish fishing continues to be very good in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using nightcrawlers.