Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 21st, 2013
• The daily bag limit for walleyes on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleyes 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 five through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) through June 28. On Saturday, June 29, the daily bag limit returns to five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Walleye fishing was excellent over the past week (as of 6/11). The best areas were west of West Sister Island, south of Middle Sister Island, around the northern reefs and also “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around Rattlesnake Island, south of Middle Island in Ohio waters and Gull Island Shoal along the border, 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 has been picking up, with good catches over the past week. The best areas have been around West Sister Island, near Rattlesnake Island, and between North Bass and Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has also been very good in 10-20 feet of water around the Bass Islands. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
Channel catfish catches have been good throughout the western basin, with anglers catching several during each outing.
Walleyes have been caught nearshore from Cranberry Creek to Vermilion, including Ruggles Reef, on the dumping grounds north of Lorain, in 38 to 42 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and in 50 to 60 feet of water north of the Chagrin River. Fishing has been good in 61 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor. There also has been excellent fishing this past week in 52 to 60 feet of water northwest of Geneva and in 50 to 60 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses and spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 35 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park, in 33 feet of water northeast of the Chagrin River, in 40 to 56 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 36 to 48 feet of water north-northeast of Conneaut. 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 and off the Fairport Harbor pier. 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.
Channel catfish has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.
The water temperature as of June 11 was 64 degrees off of Toledo and 54 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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