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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 31st, 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 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 north of "B" and "C" cans of the Camp Perry firing range and west of Rattlesnake Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with in-line weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been good. The best areas have been near buoy 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, the Toledo water intake, around "A" and "B" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Rattlesnake Island, and between Lakeside and Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good offshore at the weather buoy near the Canadian border north of Vermilion. A few walleyes have been caught nearshore early in the morning off Cleveland. Excellent fishing, probably the best of the year with many limit catches, continues in 70-72 feet of water north and northeast of Ashtabula and in 70-72 feet of water north and northeast of Conneaut. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and Dipsy Divers, with purple, pink, yellow, orange, and brown spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good off of the castle near Ruggles Reef and off the condos east of Vermilion. Farther east, the perch fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish are in 48 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 50-55 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park, in 49-52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 54-66 feet of water north of Ashtabula, and in 55-66 feet of water north of Conneaut. Many large fish are being caught. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.
Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be very good in 15 to 23 feet depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Recently anglers were having good luck using crayfish, leeches, drop shot rigs and tube jigs.
White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try nearshore in 15-30 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. 22 was 70 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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