Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 16th, 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.
• The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was best around the Toledo water intake and West Sister Island, west of North Bass Island, and at American Eagle shoal.  A hit-or-miss bite has been between North Bass Island and Gull Island 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 best around the Toledo water intake, West Sister Island, southeast and east of Kelleys Island, and at Kelleys Island shoal. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Largemouth bass fishing has been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, in less than 20 feet of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion, and four miles north of Vermilion trolling crankbaits and worm harnesses. Excellent fishing was reported in 70 top 73 feet of water north of Geneva and in 70 to 73 feet of water northeast of  Ashtabula. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers, and wire line with yellow, pink, green, and orange spoons.
Yellow perch fishing has been good six miles north of Huron, in 46 feet of water northwest of Rocky River (Gold Coast), in 40 feet of water northwest of Gordon Park, in 36 to 52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 48 feet of water north of Geneva, and in 50 feet of water north of Ashtabula.   Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.  Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 10 to 20 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.  Anglers are using nightcrawlers, soft craws, leeches, and crankbaits.
White bass fishing has been slow.  Best spots to try are E. 55th St. and E. 72nd St. piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor.  On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
The water temperature as of Aug. 6 was 69 degrees off of Toledo and 70 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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