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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – September 27th, 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.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing effort has dropped recently as there have been very few reports.  The best reports from the past week have been near the “L” can of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef, and northwest of Green 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 slow over the past week. The best areas have been the Toledo harbor light, northeast of West Sister Island, “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, northeast of Niagara Reef, a mile southwest of Kelleys Island, 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, and in Sandusky Bay.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing is good in 68 to 72 feet northeast of Ashtabula and in 70 to 72 feet 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 at the south end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, and on the Lorain dumping grounds. Excellent fishing was reported in 47 to 50 feet north of Edgewater Park, in 50 feet north of Gordon Park, in 45 to 52 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), and in 45 to 52 feet northeast of Ashtabula. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. 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 soft craws and leeches.
White bass fishing has been hit and miss off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street 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 East 55th Street piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
Steelhead trout are being caught off the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Anglers are using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. A few fish have been caught in the Ashtabula River.
The water temperature as of Sept. 17 was 64 degrees off of Toledo and 71 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine forecast.
Cleveland Metroparks,

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