• The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.
• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
• The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is five fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.
Where: Over the past week, walleyes were caught between Cedar Point and Huron in 35 to 42 feet of water, east of Kelleys Island, and around Cleveland harbor.
How: Anglers trolling are using deep diving crankbaits (deep Husky Jerks and Reef Runners) and shallow diving crankbaits (Husky Jerks and Perfect 10s) in the top half of the water column. Anglers fishing from shore are casting shallow diving crankbaits.
On Dec. 9, Cleveland Metroparks stocked Wallace and Ranger lakes with a combined total of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout. The Rocky River is stained, but fishable, and anglers reported catching some steelhead. As we moved into late December, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks included steelhead trout, walleye, and panfish. This past week has been among the best of the year for steelhead in Cleveland Metropark local streams, with plenty of the big trout caught over the extended holiday weekend. The Rocky River is currently exhibiting moderately low flow, but rain forecasted into the weekend could change that. Various sites along the Cleveland lakefront continue to offer opportunities for steelhead and night walleye.
The Rocky River and other area streams offered some of the best steelhead fishing yet this season over the past week. Nickel size spawn sacks (salmon or trout eggs) took the most fish when the water was stained, but the fish are now hitting diverse offerings in the clearing flows and increased fishing pressure. Changing up between several offerings is a good plan under our current conditions, with minnows (live or salted), small jigs tipped with maggots, white tube jigs, salmon egg mimicking beads, and various fly patterns (small eggs, streamers, and nymphs) all producing a share of the fish. Some anglers also reported success using wobbling flatfish style plugs. Steelhead are well distributed throughout the watershed at this time, with the freshest fish concentrated in the river north of Morley Ford/Lorain Road bridge. There is a healthy mix of skippers (smaller 15-18-inch steelhead) and adult steelhead in the river at this time, and stray brown trout (from Pennsylvania and New York programs) continue to turn up on a weekly basis.
The shoreline fishing at E. 55th and E. 72nd accesses are offering great prospects, with the lake very calm at the time of this writing. Anglers have been primarily targeting steelhead and walleye at these locations, as well as the rocks at Edgewater and Wildwood parks. Small jigs tipped with emerald shiner minnows and a few maggots two to four feet under a bobber accounted for many of the steelhead caught there recently, although a spawn sack, minnow (on a small hook, not a jig), or nightcrawler dangled a few feet under a bobber can also be productive. Spoons can also be worth trying when the fish are aggressive. The night walleye bite casting from shore at E. 72nd remains good, with Husky Jerks, Rattlin' Rogues/Perfect 10s, and rattle-type shad crankbaits being among the top producers. Wise anglers bring a long-handled net when fishing these sites, and be very careful on those slippery shoreline rocks.
In early October, a total of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked at Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area and some of these fish still remain. The trout limit at this site is five fish per angler per day. The first round of winter trout stocking in Metroparks lakes and ponds was planned for early December at Wallace Lake.