Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – July 14th, 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 7/9). The best areas were north of West Sister Island, south of Middle Sister Island along the Canadian border, “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, and Northwest Reef (west of North Bass 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 7/9). The best areas have been a mile north of Metzger’s Marsh, “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Rattlesnake Island and West Reef, around Starve Island, and around Gull Island Shoal. 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. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.
Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border, in 69 to 72 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula, and in 70 to 72 feet of water northwest of Conneaut. A few fish are also being caught in 34 to 40 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park. Anglers are finding success by trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses and yellow, orange, pink, green, and purple spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 36 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 37 to 38 feet of water north of Wildwood State Park, in 41 to 47 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 42 to 45 feet of water northeast of Geneva, and in 44 to 50 feet of water northwest of Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching a few fish off the E. 55 St. pier in Cleveland and the short pier on the Grand River. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent 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 fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach and Sims Park in Euclid and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
Channel catfishing has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs.
The water temperature as of July 9 was 71 degrees off of Toledo and 65 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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