Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – April 10th, 2015

• The daily bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleyes 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 runs on the rivers:

Anglers should be aware that some popular accesses and parking locations have been temporarily closed due to recent ice damage. Toledo’s Side Cut Metropark and Wood County’s Buttonwood Metropark have been closed because of safety concerns.
Ice jams on the river caused flooding and pushed large ice sheets out of the river banks, causing significant structural damage to roads, trails, and parking lots in some areas. After the ice jams broke and the river receded, large blocks of ice remained, which must now be removed. 
Anglers looking for other access areas are reminded that Fort Meigs fishing access, Orleans Park in Perrysburg, and White Street access in Maumee remain open. Some areas off Harrison Street are accessible, but much of the tow path and access trails are closed on both sides of Conant Street. For boaters, the Maple Street and Cory Street boat ramps are open. 
For status updates and the latest information about ongoing cleanup efforts, refer to Wood County and Toledo Metroparks online at woodcountyparkdistrict.org and metroparkstoledo.com.
The Rocky River water level is currently elevated and muddy.  Depending on when the river level begins to recede, the Rocky could be fishable into this weekend, according to reports from Cleveland Metroparks. Lots of anglers reported catching steelhead over the past week, with most of the fish being in the 16-25-inch range and a handful of lucky anglers even caught bonus brown trout. Anglers reported hooking steelhead on a variety of offerings, including dime-size spawn sacks, small marabou jigs tipped with a few maggots, live minnows, spinners (Vibrax and RoosterTail are good), and egg and streamer fly patterns. There are lots of emerald shiners in the northern river right now, which is a relief to see after a winter where they were so sparse along the Cleveland lakefront. A good number of lake-run white suckers have also begun their spawning migration, with immediately below Morley Ford being a good place to find them concentrated. A worm or small jig/flies fished near the river bottom will often catch plenty of suckers.
Thin ice on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes is lingering, but anglers are fishing the limited open water around Wallace Lake, as well as fishing through thin ice from the safety of shore.  Wallace Lake was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout two weeks ago. Shadow, Ledge, and Judge’s lakes all still have trout remaining, as well, and expect these trout to begin biting very well as ice cover disappears from the lakes in the near future.  Daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, which is five per day. Trout often 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.
The East Branch Rocky River was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. Note: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day per angler. Trout were biting great on PowerBait, small jigs tipped with maggots, and small spinners. If the river level recedes enough, Cleveland Metroparks plans to stock the river again (with 700 pounds this time).
Although ice on Lake Erie continues to break up, ice remains in marinas at E. 55th, Edgewater, and Wildwood parks. As the ice melts in the coming few weeks, steelhead, crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike will all be prowling the marinas and nearshore waters along the Cleveland shoreline.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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