Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 20th, 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 five  fish per angler through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

Western Basin

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, west of Green Island to Rattlesnake Island, and on the Canadian border west of Gull Island Shoal. 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, south of “G” can of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Gull Island Shoal, southeast of Kelleys Island, and east of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent at the weather buoy near the Canadian line north of Vermilion and nearshore in 15 to 30 feet of water from Cranberry Creek to Old Woman Creek. Fishing has picked up off Cleveland with the best locations in 20 feet of water northeast of Rocky River and in 58 feet of water north of Edgewater Park. There has been excellent fishing, best of the year, in 68-72 feet of water northeast and northwest of Geneva and in 58-62 feet, and 72 feet of water northeast and northwest of Ashtabula. Trollers are using planer boards, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers and wireline with blue, green, yellow, pink, and purple spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish include 40 feet and also 45-46 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, in 38-45 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 47-48 feet of water 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 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 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. East of Fairport Harbor, anglers are trolling crankbaits in 22-24 feet of water with good success. In the Grand River, anglers are catching smallmouth and some largemouth bass.
White bass anglers are catching fish nearshore in 15-20 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-15 feet of water north of Eastlake CEI. 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 has slowed down in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing but fish are still being caught. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
The water temperature as of July 11 was 79 degrees off of Toledo and 76 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast

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