Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015

• 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 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 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent for anglers trolling, mostly around the eastern and northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Fish have also been caught by jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.
How: Anglers trolling have been using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks and deep diving Reef Runners) at speeds from 1.0 mph to 1.6 mph. Anglers jigging are catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.
The steelhead fishing this past week had been very good in the Rocky River and other area streams until rain muddied the waters, according to a report from Cleveland Metroparks. With more rain in the forecast, stream conditions this weekend are likely to remain elevated and muddy, but when the river levels drop expect the excellent steelhead fishing to continue. The same goes for stocked trout in the East Branch Rocky River. Earlier, anglers reported excellent steelhead fishing throughout the river, with many spawning fish further upstream (around Cedar Point Road), and fresh fish entering the river farther north. 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. Lake-run smallmouth bass are just beginning to trickle into the system, and lots of lake-run white suckers are currently in the river. A worm or small jig/flies fished near the river bottom will often catch plenty of suckers.
Trout fishing at several lakes has been excellent, with 350 pounds of trout stocked in Wallace Lake recently. Hinckley Lake (2,500 trout) and Shadow Lake (500 trout) were stocked by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and have also been giving up lots of trout, although Hinckley Lake was muddy from rain. Ledge and Judge’s lakes both still have some trout remaining, as well. Please take note that the 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 spinners (roostertail spinners are good), 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. As an added bonus, several hundred quality size bluegill, largemouth bass, and white crappie were stocked in Wallace Lake recently.
The East Branch Rocky River was stocked with 350 pounds of rainbow trout between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. This area has been stocked three weeks in a row. Trout were biting excellent in the river before it was muddied by rain. NOTE: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day/angler with a 12-inch minimum size limit.

Cleveland Metroparks

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