Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 17th, 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. The best fishing has been around West Sister Island and north of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with in-line weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing is improving and has been best around the Toledo water intake, near the Toledo lighthouse and also buoy 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, south of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green and Rattlesnake Islands, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good offshore on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, and nearshore off of the castle between Huron and Vermilion. Anglers are picking up a few fish in 69 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park. Excellent continues fishing in 70-72 feet of water north of Geneva and 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 the condos east of the Vermilion River, in 40-42 feet of water north of the Cuyahoga River and in 43 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park. Further east, perch catches have been very good in 39-49 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (south the hump), in 40-50 feet of water northeast of Geneva and in 50 feet of water west of Ashtabula and in 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. This past week anglers are having good luck using crayfish, leeches and tube jigs.
White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 12-30 feet of water north of Cleveland Harbor, northeast of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20 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.
Steelhead trout anglers are catching fish while trolling for walleyes off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleyes above.
The water temperature as of Aug. 8 was 77 degrees off of Toledo and 80 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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