• 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: Recent weather has limited fishing opportunities.
Where: Most walleye anglers have been fishing nearshore from Ruggles Reef to Cedar Point.
How: Troll using deep diving crankbaits such as Reef Runners or Deep Husky Jerks, fished in the middle portion of the water column or higher.
Where: For some of the biggest perch of the year, try traditional fall spots such as the green buoy off Catawba State Park; Green and Rattlesnake islands; Ballast Island; Kelleys Island shoal; east of Kelleys Island airport; between Kelleys Island and Lakeside; the Marblehead Lighthouse; north of Cedar Point; the south end of the sandbar offshore between Vermilion and Lorain; and just off most of the ports from Huron to Conneaut.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners, near the bottom.
Where: Bass start moving shallow to feed as water temperatures drop. Try fishing rocky areas along both island and mainland shorelines to find feeding smallmouth bass. Areas with gizzard shad, shiners, or gobies will be best.
How: Tube jigs, drop shots with goby imitations, and crankbaits or jerkbaits.
The water temperature as of Nov. 13 was 43 degrees off of Toledo and 53 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the near-shore marine forecast.
Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout and yellow perch, with anglers also pursuing largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout, and panfish. The Rocky River is currently exhibiting moderately elevated and stained conditions, but is dropping nicely. The Chagrin River is more elevated than the Rock, but should still be fishable. Steelhead fishing in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers had picked up noticeably this week, although fallen leaves in the water added to the challenge. The Rocky is looking to be in prime shape for the weekend and a fresh batch of steelhead should be waiting to greet anglers. The big trout are spread out throughout the systems from the marinas to the reaches well upstream. Fish this week have been reported hooked on live minnows, dime- to nickel-size spawn sacks (pink and chartreuse have been producers), spinners/spoons and small 1⁄32-1⁄64-ounce marabou/hair jigs (various colors) tipped with a wax worm or a few maggots or two- to three-inch white tube jigs suspended under a small float. Fall fly fishers typically score well using egg pattern flies, streamers (Woolly Bugger and Clouser minnow patterns), and size 14-12 nymph patterns. Expect the steelhead run to really begin gaining steam from mid-November onward.
Steelhead fishing along the lakefront has been good as lake conditions permit recently, although getting lucky and being there at the right time has been an important part of the equation. Steelhead are feeding on schools of minnows along the rocks at Edgewater Park, the east facing wall at E. 55th Street, and the Wildwood Park breakwall and anglers have been catching them on spoons (Little Cleo 2⁄5-ounce with silver has been working well), spinners, and minnows or small jigs tipped with a few maggots suspended under a bobber. Fish tend to provide action in spurts on the good days, with several fish hooked between anglers in short order interspersed between lulls in the action. A light northwest wind and slight chop seem to equate to a better bite. Remember to take a long-handled landing net when fishing these locations. Anglers trolling the river mouths and shallow nearshore areas with crankbaits are also reporting some steelhead success. The north facing wall at E. 55th has been producing yellow perch, including a few limit catches of larger fish, for anglers fishing emerald shiners on the bottom.
Largemouth bass and sunfish fishing prospects in Metroparks lakes and ponds are good, as natural populations of fish in these waters have been supplemented with stockings of over 2,600 catchable size bass and sunfish, many of trophy size, since mid-September. Stocking activities are expected to continue throughout November depending on weather. Wallace, Ledge, Ranger, Shadow, Judges, and Bunns lakes, as well as Oxbow Lagoon (Rocky River Reservation) and the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area, have all been beneficiaries of some of these fish recently.
The Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area was stocked in October with 1,000 pounds each of rainbow trout and farm-raised channel catfish. Trout typically bite well on PowerBait, and catfish like chicken liver, although a nightcrawler will catch either species. The first round of winter trout stockings in Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds is scheduled for mid-December.
Anglers out of Lakefront Reservation, Euclid Reservation, and the Emerald Necklace marina on the Rocky River are making some excellent catches of larger yellow perch this week as lake conditions permit, with many nine- to 12-inch fish and an impressive number up to 14 inches. A few productive spots have been 39 feet of water off the Gold Coast and Lighthouse and 49 feet of water off Wildwood. The north-facing wall at E. 55th Street has also been producing yellow perch for shore anglers fishing minnows on the bottom, including a few limit catches of larger perch up to 12 inches plus. The walleye night bite along the Cleveland shoreline has been heating up this week, with trollers hooking fish off E. 72nd Street in 38-40 feet of water on Reef Runner, Rattlin Rogue, and Husky Jerk crankbaits. A few should be available for shore anglers casting after dark at Edgewater and E. 72nd Street, as well.