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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – October 12th, 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

Walleye: There have been very few reports recently. The best reports have come from northeast of “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have been using divers with spoons, or crankbaits off of planer boards.
Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best spots have been buoy 13 of the Toledo shipping channel, the Gravel Pit west of West Sister Island, north and west of West Sister Island, north of “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Green Island, south of Rattlesnake Island, north of North Bass Island, the green buoy west of Catawba, and northeast of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleyes have been caught on the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Not many reports are coming in from the Ashtabula-Conneaut area. Look for walleyes in 65-70 feet of water 8-9 miles out. 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 10 miles north of Vermilion, 2 miles north of Beaver Creek, and off of the Avon power plant. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 35-38 feet of water north of Rocky River, in 38-42 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 32-34 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 47-50 feet of water northeast of Ashtabula and in 60-64 feet 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-foot 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 fishing 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 fish off the Fairport pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river. Try using small spoons, spinnerbaits, and jigs with maggots.
The water temperature is 60 degrees off of Toledo and 65 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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