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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015

• 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.

Walleye
Where: Walleyes were caught through the weekend in open water between Cedar Point and Huron, and off Cleveland harbor. Weather conditions will most likely limit open water fishing opportunities.
How: Anglers trolling were 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 and piers are casting shallow diving crankbaits.

River ice is breaking up and slush is much reduced on the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, according to Mike Durkalec at Cleveland Metroparks.  The northern mile of river and slower stretches have the most ice.  Looking ahead in the forecast, this situation is expected to continue to improve, although depending on how much rain we receive the rivers could get muddy. Last week, the river stayed quite muddy at flows that are typically transitioning to green. The river currently has good flow and stain, but slush and ice has become an issue. The marina area was iced over all the way across. Expect mornings to have the worst slush, which typically burns off appreciably throughout the day (especially if the sun peeks out).
For anglers who don’t like a lot of company out there, this cold weather is really thinning the herd. Anglers have been hooking up on a variety of offerings, including dime/nickel size spawn sacks, minnows (live or salted), small marabou jigs tipped with maggots, white tube jigs, salmon-egg mimicking beads, and various fly patterns (small eggs, streamers, and nymphs). Steelhead are well distributed throughout the watershed at this time, although the bulk of the fish down by the marina have been skippers (smaller 15- to 18-inch trout), with a greater proportion of adult fish as you move upstream. So far, this year has been above average on the Rocky for numbers, but bigger fish (28 inches plus) have been few and far between. Steelhead on the Chagrin are up into North and South Chagrin reservations in decent numbers, as well, and up to the Route 82 dam on the Cuyahoga River.

Cleveland Metropark inland lakes are mostly covered by a thin layer of ice. Anglers can fish these areas from the safety of shore where the water drops off quickly, such as off docks, fishing platforms, and the sandstone ledges at Wallace Lake. The following lakes received trout in mid-December:  Wallace Lake (900 pounds), Shadow Lake (450 pounds), Ledge Lake (450 pounds), Ranger Lake (100 pounds), and Judge’s Lake (100 pounds). Daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, which is five per day.  The rainbow trout averages between 3⁄4 pound and 2 pounds, with a handful of bonus golden rainbows and brown trout also released in Wallace. Trout continue to be caught on Power Bait (rainbow and other bright colors have been best) about the size of a marble near the lake bottom with a small sinker, small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, waxworm, minnow, corn) suspended under a float, as well as lures like small spoons, spinners, and Gulp minnows. The lakes have offered a mix of thin ice cover with some open water. The second (and final) winter trout stocking will be sometime in early February.

A strong west wind left the protected bay at E. 55th Street as one of few Lake Erie shore fishing options. Although fishing for steelhead was slow there, anglers reported a good bite a few days prior. 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 along the lakefront this fall, 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. A few boaters were out over the past week still catching some walleyes and yellow perch off Cleveland.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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