Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – March 13th, 2015
• Starting March 1, the new 2015 fishing licenses are required.
• The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler through April 30. 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.
Due to safety concerns, parking at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will be limited to the parking lots and along the northbound lane between the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and the beach only, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. With the enormous increase in ice-anglers launching from the wildlife area last weekend, first responders and emergency personnel expressed concerns in getting vehicles back into the area in the event of an emergency. In order to address these safety concerns, while still trying to maximize recreational opportunities, parking will no longer be allowed next to the southbound lane.
Anglers are asked to park as efficiently as possible in order that the wildlife area may accommodate as many people as possible. During peak use, Division of Wildlife personnel will be on hand to assist in parking. In the event that all parking spots are filled, anglers will need to utilize other facilities.
Use caution when ice fishing on Lake Erie. Ice conditions are extremely variable and can change quickly.
Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been north of Catawba, west of Catawba, and three to nine miles off Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.
How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners.
Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba.
How: Most anglers are using small jigs with waxworms or soft plastics.
(For a more detailed ice report from Lake Erie, see the full story on Page 1 of this issue of Ohio Outdoor News.)
Area rivers are very iced up with the continued arctic weather. Anglers can check the latest river flows and temperature at the following links (be aware ice on the flow gage sensors can cause erroneous readings): <Rocky River flow gage data> <Chagrin River flow gage data>. Anglers have been out ice fishing on local inland lakes and Lake Erie marinas this week catching trout, largemouth bass, and panfish.
Steelhead fishing opportunities in Cleveland Metropark area rivers continue to be extremely limited due to frozen rivers, and the forecast shows no sign of winter lessening its icy grip on the region. A few anglers have been ice fishing the deep, slow marina area off the boats ramps as well as to the north. Please exercise extreme caution on river ice if you venture out there.
Ice fishers have been out on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes having success this week. Wallace Lake was stocked with 1,000 pounds of trout on Feb. 4, and Shadow (500 pounds), Ledge (400 pounds), and Judge’s (100 pounds) lakes were stocked on Feb. 10. Ranger Lake was not stocked this final round of winter trout stocking. Daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, which is five per day. Winter trout bite on small jigs tipped with bait (maggot, waxworm, minnow, corn) suspended under a float, spawn sacks, small to medium size jigging spoons (like Swedish Pimple or Forage Minnow), and Power Bait (rainbow and other bright colors have been best) about the size of a marble near the lake bottom with a small sinker. One angler using tip-ups baited with live minnows at Wallace Lake caught a mixed bag of trout, bass, and crappie. It is always a good strategy to try a variety of offerings when pursuing trout on Cleveland Metropark lakes until you find what they are in the mood for.