Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 3rd, 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.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been fair in the western basin. Recent winds have slowed the fishing down. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting around north of West Sister Island, and around the Toledo Channel marker “Sputnik,” north of “C” can in the Camp Perry firing range, 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, one to five miles offshore between Metzger’s Marsh and Crane Creek, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and around Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy near the Canadian line north of Vermilion and nearshore in 15 to 30 of water from Old Woman Creek to Vermilion. Anglers are picking up a few fish in 73 feet of water north of the Chagrin River and in 58 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park. There has been excellent fishing in 68-72 feet of water northeast and northwest of Ashtabula. Trollers are using planer boards, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers and wire line with purple, blue, green, pink, and yellow spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good. The best locations to fish include 35 feet of water north of the Cuyahoga River and in 32 feet of water north of the Gordon Park ramp. Further east, perch catches have been excellent in 40-45 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 43-48 feet of water north 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 29-foot depths and 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. In the Grand River, anglers are catching smallmouth bass and some largemouth bass.
White bass anglers are catching white bass near shore in 12-25 feet of water north of Cleveland Harbor, 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. 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.
Steelhead trout anglers are catching fish while trolling for walleyes off Ashtabula. A potential state-record brown trout and some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleye above.
The water temperature as of July 25 was 77 degrees off of Toledo and 77 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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