Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – August 30th, 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.
Walleye fishing was best around “L” can, Toussaint Reef, and the islands area near the Canadian border. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms.
Yellow perch fishing was best north of the water intake off of Toledo, north of Port Clinton, north of the navigation buoy off of Catawba Island, near Niagara Reef, “D” and “C” cans, west of North Bass Island, east of the Kelleys Island airport, and on the dumping grounds east of Marblehead. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.
Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, west of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, the best of the year, was reported in 65 to 72 feet of water north of Ashtabula and in 65 to 72 feet of water north of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, silver, orange, red, yellow and green stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 48 to 52 feet of water north of Gordon Park, in 48 to 50 feet of water north of Wildwood Park, in 48 to 52 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 46 to 61 feet of water northeast of Geneva, and in 52 to 62 feet of water northeast of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good 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 is picking up with small fish hitting off the short pier in Fairport harbor. Best spots to try are East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Grand River and the short 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.
Channel catfish are hitting off the Edgewater and East 55th Street piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
The water temperature as of Aug. 21 was 70 degrees off of Toledo and 71 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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