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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – September 28th, 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 two fish per angler. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
• The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

There have been very few reports of walleye fishing over the past week. The best reports came from around West Sister Island. Trollers have been using divers with spoons, or crankbaits off of planer boards.
Yellow perch fishing has been good, with the best spots being buoys 12 and 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, 3 miles off of Little Cedar Point, West Sister Island, “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Green and Rattlesnake islands, east of Kelleys Island, and east of Kelleys Island shoal. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleyes have been caught off of the castle near Ruggles Reef and on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Excellent fishing continues in 70-71 feet of water 10-11 miles out northeast of Ashtabula and in 60-74 feet of water 7.5-10 miles out northeast of Conneaut. Trollers are using wire line off planer boards and dipsy divers, with purple, black, red, green, orange and brown spoons and stickbaits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good east of the Huron River channel buoys and north of the Vermilion River. Farther east, fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 42-47 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 40-43 feet of water northeast of the Chagrin River, in 50-52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and in 51-71 water of water northeast 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 continues to be very good in 15 to 23 feet depths around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Anglers are having good luck using crayfish, drop shot rigs and tube jigs.
White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 10-25 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. 18 was 67 degrees off of Toledo and 71 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.

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