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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – October 26th, 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. As temperatures drop, walleyes will return to the islands area. Most walleyes are caught in the fall by trolling crankbaits off of planer boards.
Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best spots have been 1 to 3 miles off Little Cedar Point, around West Sister Island, north of Green Island, east of Kelleys Island, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. 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 and around the Huron dumping grounds. Most fish have been caught by trolling with worm harnesses or crankbaits. No current reports from the Ashtabula-Conneaut area. Look for walleyes in 64 feet of water 8.5 miles out north of Conneaut. Try trolling with Dipsy and Jet Divers, or in-line weights with worm harnesses. 
Yellow perch fishing has been good within one mile of Huron and Vermilion. Farther east, fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 38-40 feet of water northwest of Edgewater along the Gold Coast, in 38-39 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park, in 52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 57 feet of water north of Ashtabula. 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. Fair catches were reported this past week at Headlands Beach Pier and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using crappie rigs and spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.
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 up to the Uniroyal hole. Boat anglers are having good luck in the Grand River as well as the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek. Try using small spoons, spinner baits, and jigs with maggots.
The water temperature as of Oct. 16 was 53 degrees off of Toledo and 59 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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