Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – September 13th, 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 two fish with a minimum size limit of 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 northeast of Niagara Reef and “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, northwest of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, northwest of Green Island, and along the Canadian border northeast of Kelleys Island. 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 two miles north of the Toledo water intake, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, northeast of West Sister Island, northwest of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, on Northwest Reef, northwest of Green Island, on the dumping grounds east of Marblehead, off of Cedar Point, and 1-5 miles east of Kelleys Island. 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 southwest corner of the sandbar (north of Vermilion), and nearshore from Sawmill Creek to Ruggles Reef trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, the best of the year, was reported in 70 to 72 feet of water northeast of Ashtabula and in 70 to 72 feet of water north of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, and red stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair on the Huron dumping grounds, north of Vermilion, and in 45-50 feet of water north of Edgewater Park. Fishing has been excellent in 50 to 60 feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 46-60 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula, and in 58 to 68 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 tube jigs.
White bass fishing has been good with a few larger adult fish being caught off the E. 55th St. and E. 72nd St. piers in Cleveland and the short and long piers in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. 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 being caught off the Edgewater and E. 55th St. piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Catfish are also being caught in the Grand River. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
The water temperature as of Sept. 3 was 74 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
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