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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – December 20th, 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.

Lake-wide

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent for anglers trolling around the Huron dumping grounds and also north of Cranberry Creek. Night fishing has been good on many of the western basin piers, especially the Huron pier.
How: Trollers are using crankbaits such as Reef Runners, Ripsticks, Rogues, or Deep Husky Jerks. The best action has been in the upper portion of the water column. Anglers casting off the piers are primarily using stick baits.
The water temperature as of Nov. 26 was 43 degrees off of Toledo and 53 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore 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 and Chagrin rivers are currently moderately low in level and clear, but that could change with appreciable precipitation. Steelhead fishing in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers was fair for most anglers over the past week.  The big trout are well distributed throughout the systems from the marinas to the reaches well upstream, although most of the minnows have vacated the marina area over the past week and there appear to be fewer steelhead hanging out there, accordingly. Most fish this week were reported by float fishers drifting live minnows, small spawn sacks, and small 1⁄32-1⁄64-ounce marabou/hair jigs (various colors) tipped with a waxworm or a few maggots or 2-3-inch white tube jigs/Berkley Gulp minnows.  A few fish are still being reported on spoons and spinners despite the cooling water, as well. Fall fly fishers typically score best using egg pattern flies, streamers (Woolly Bugger and Clouser minnow patterns), spey patterns for swinging, and size 14-12 nymph patterns.  The river will often have slush in the mornings when night temperatures dip into the mid-20s and below, but it often burns off as the day goes on. Anglers should also expect ice in their guides on those cold mornings. A little Chapstick rubbed on the guides can help remedy this issue.
Steelhead and walleye fishing opportunities from the shore at Lakefront Reservation are available depending on Lake Erie wave conditions. The huge schools of emerald shiners the fish were chasing along the shoreline have largely relocated to marina areas over the past two weeks, but some steelhead are still being taken along the rocks at Edgewater Park, the east facing wall at East 55th Street and the Wildwood Park breakwall.  Anglers have been catching the big trout most consistently on an offering dubbed “The Smorgasbord” by the locals, which consists of a small 1⁄32-ounce marabou jig or painted jighead tipped with several maggots and one or two small emerald shiners suspended a few feet under a bobber.
Walleye action has also been reported at dusk and after dark off the rocks at Edgewater Park and East 72nd Street/Gordon Park access on Husky Jerk, X-Rap, Rattlin Rogue, and Rattle Trap crankbaits. For both fisheries, the action tends to come in spurts and anglers need to bring a long handled landing net and should be very careful on wet and slippery shoreline rocks.
The Ohio and 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 early next week.

Cleveland Metroparks

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