Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 5th, 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 good over the past week (as of 6/25). The best areas were north of West Sister Island, “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef (west of North Bass Island), and two to four miles 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 fishing was good over the past week (as of 6/25). The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, northeast of West Sister Island, “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between South Bass Island and Green Island, and one to three miles east of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits.
Walleye fishing has been good west of the Huron dumping grounds, at the weather buoy, 1.5 miles north of Beaver Creek, and near shore from Sheffield to Avon point. Fishing has been excellent in 63 to 65 feet of water north of Rocky River, in 62 to 65 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 65 to 70 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 60 to 69 feet of water northeast of Geneva. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses and spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 30 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park, in 37 feet of water north of Chagrin River, in 42 to 52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and in 21 to 44 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Shore anglers are catching fish off E. 55th St. in Cleveland. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
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 and leeches.
White bass fishing has been good in the evenings off Euclid Beach. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
Rock bass are being caught off the breakwalls in Fairport Harbor.
Channel catfish fishing has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.
The water temperature as of June 25 was 71 degrees off of Toledo and 65 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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