Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 7th, 2013

• The daily bag limit for walleyes on Ohio waters of Lake Erie from March 1 through April 30 is four fish per angler. On May 1, the daily bag limit increased to six fish per angler.  The minimum size limit for walleye is 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 through May 15. The daily bag limit increases to five from May 16 through Aug. 31. 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 through April 30. Black bass fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) from May 1 through June 28. On Saturday, June 29, the daily bag limit returns to five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was excellent over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, “D” can of the Camp Perry firing range, north of Kelleys Island, and east of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.
Yellow perch action was good over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas have been the “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, east of Kelleys Island shoal, and east of Kelleys Island airport reef. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleyes have been caught off Rocky River in 53 feet of water fishing on the bottom using worm harnesses. A few walleyes have been caught off the Cleveland Crib area in 50 feet of water and also in 26 to 34 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons, and stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been good, weather permitting, in 32 to 34 feet of water north off Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 42 feet of water north of Cuyahoga River light house, and in 50 to 55 feet of water north of Mentor Lagoons. Fishing has been very good in 38 to 40 feet of water north of the Ashtabula and in 38 to 49 feet north of Conneaut.  Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been good off the E. 55th St. and E. 72nd St. piers in Cleveland. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas.  Anglers are using soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
White bass fishing has been good in the Grand River up to the Uniroyal hole.
Channel catfish has been very good along the Grand River.  Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.
The water temperature as of May 28 was 59 degrees off of Toledo and 57 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com.  

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