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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – September 14th, 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 from May 16 through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been good in the western basin. The best fishing has been northeast of Niagara Reef and “C” can 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, with the best spots being the Toledo harbor light, buoy 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, around "B" and "C" cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Green and Rattlesnake islands, 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. Excellent fishing continues in 70-71 feet of water northeast of Ashtabula. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and Dipsy Divers, with purple, pink, blue, green, orange and brown spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good east of the Huron River channel buoys and off of the Castle near Ruggles Reef. Farther east, fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish are in 47-53 feet of water northeast of the Cuyahoga River (water intake crib), in 52-53 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park, in 51-58 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), and in 57-58 feet of water north of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners, and the mornings and evenings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15- to 23-foot depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. This past week, anglers were having good luck using crayfish, drop-shot rigs, and tube jigs.

White bass fishing has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore 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 a few fish while trolling for walleyes off Ashtabula. Some large steelhead have been caught. See locations for walleyes above.

The water temperature as of Sept. 5 was 73 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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