Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – March 29th, 2013
• The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie through April 30 is four fish per angler with a 15-inch minimum size limit.
• 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.
Although cold weather has limited fishing opportunities on Lake Erie, when weather has allowed walleyes have been caught by trolling crankbaits around Catawba and west of South Bass Island. Use caution when boating in cold water.
When Maumee River and Sandusky River walleye fishing starts later this month, reports will be available at: www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/FishingProspectsandReports/fishingfreportwalleyerunreport/tabid/6127/Default.aspx
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports that steelhead streams are coming back down from recent rain events and should be in fishable shape. Recently, the Rocky and Chagrin rivers were rounding into shape. The recent rains did lure fresh runs of silver trout, and the high waters did help to disperse trout throughout the river systems, the newspaper reported. The Grand River will need a couple of more days of calm weather and a relief from the snow and rain to kick off a good session of trout fishing, The Plain Dealer reports. While most of the trout have gathered in the lower Grand, the rains allowed many of the fish to begin to head to the Harpersfield dam, where the steelheading has been very slow. The best fishing on the Grand River has been in Painesville between Richmond Street and St. Clair Street. Steelheaders are casting jig-maggot rigs and spawn sacs, as well as small streamers, egg patterns and blue and black nymphs. A few fishermen have done exceptionally well with live minnows on a bare hook. The offerings have been weighted with split shot and worked 3 to 4 feet below a float in deeper waters.
The Lake Erie water temperature as of March 19 was 36 degrees off of Toledo and 35 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.