Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 2nd, 2013
• The daily bag limit for walleyes on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 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 5 through Aug. 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth): As of Saturday, June 29, the daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Walleye fishing was good over the past week (as of July 23). The best areas were northwest of West Sister Island, around the Toledo water intake, and to a lesser extent southwest of Kelleys Island on American Eagle Shoal. 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 July 23). The best areas have been the Toledo water intake, “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, and within 1 mile of the southwest corner of Kelleys Island and the southeast corner of Kelleys Island. 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 and in 17 feet of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion. Excellent fishing was reported in 72-74 feet of water northeast of Geneva and in 72-74 feet of water northwest of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers, and wire line with yellow, pink, green, and orange spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been good just off the Huron River mouth, off of the condos east of Vermilion, in 32-42 feet and 48 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 50 feet of water northwest of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing was reported this past week in 42-52 feet of water northwest (the Hump) of Fairport Harbor and in 44-49 feet of water northwest of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow due to muddy water from the big rain storms.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland (5-20 feet of water), Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut. Anglers are using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, curly tail grubs, soft-craws, and leeches.
White bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach, E. 55th St. in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. Look for fishing to pick up once the water clears from the rainstorms. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
The water temperature as of July 23 was 75 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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