Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – March 27th, 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.  

Walleye

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. 

Panfish

Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba. 
How: Most anglers are using small jigs with waxworms or soft plastics.
Rainbow trout (600 pounds) were stocked in Wallace Lake at Cleveland Metroparks recently because the East Branch Rocky River is elevated and muddy. 
The Rocky River is currently flowing high and muddy due to melt-off and the ice has been clearing out by the day. At the time of this writing, the remaining ice is from the marina to Lake Erie, with some slabs pushing two feet thick. As the water level drops and clears, expect the best fishing prospects in over two months. In addition to steelhead, expect white suckers to begin their spawning run. 
Although snow and ice are melting, ice anglers are still out on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes primarily pursuing stocked rainbow trout, although some are seeking panfish, largemouth bass, and even catfish. Wallace, Shadow, Ledge, and Judge’s lakes were stocked with a total of 2,000 pounds of trout this winter.  Expect trout to turn on as the lakes are freshened by melt-off over the next few weeks, with some of the best fishing offered as the lakes become open water. Be especially wary around inflows/outflows and edges of the lakes, as these are the first areas to become thin during the thaw. Also be sure that there is at least a minimum of four inches of solid ice where you are fishing.  Daily trout limit is three/day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake which is five/day.  Trout bite on small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, 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.  
Marinas at E. 55th, Edgewater, and Wildwood parks on Lake Erie can all be worth a look from ice anglers. Overall, anglers have reported a slow to inconsistent bite along the lakefront, with the abundant schools of shiners that were present last year largely lacking, but Cleveland Metroparks biologist Mike Durkalec expects this to change for the better as we transition into spring. Steelhead often roam into the marinas and nearshore areas in late winter and will bite on the same baits they will in the rivers.  Crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike are around in winter, and even more so into early spring.  Unlike inland Metroparks waters, you can fish the Lake Erie marinas 24 hours/day.
Cleveland Metroparks

 

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