Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015
• The bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is sox fish per angler. 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 through May 15. Starting May 16, the daily bag limit increases to five fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is closed to possession May 1 through June 26 (no harvest). On June 27, the daily bag limit returns to five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Where: Fishing was good over the past week and fish were caught in Maumee Bay, near K can of the Camp Perry firing range, on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, north of Mouse Island, and nearshore between
Huron and Lorain.
How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners) and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers jigging are still catching fish using hair jigs.
Where: Yellow perch have been caught off the Marblehead lighthouse and off Vermilion.
How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Anglers running planer boards and purple-patterned Reef Runners are catching walleyes in 15 feet of water off rock piles in the Lorain area, according to charter captain Ed Abel. Most walleyes are running large, from 22 to 30 inches or better.
Elsewhere in the central basin, anglers fishing for perch on minnow rigs are also picking up walleyes, according to charter captain Mark Bottone.
The Rocky River is currently exhibiting low and clear conditions, but that could change if the weekend rain proves to be heavy. There are still lots of postspawn (“dropback”) steelhead throughout the river, although the run is beginning to show signs of winding down. Fish will continue to migrate back to Lake Erie over the next few weeks but, for now, appreciate the unseasonably late fishing due to the cool, late spring. 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), as well as egg, nymph, and streamer fly patterns.
The lake-run smallmouth bass fishing has been a highlight, with a three- to four-inch dark brown or olive tube jig being a very effective offering much of the time. Many of these bass are 2-4 pounds and even larger.
Trout remain to be caught at Wallace Lake, Hinckley Lake, and Shadow Lake, according to Cleveland Metroparks. 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. 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 can be expected for a few more weeks until the weather warms appreciably. As an added bonus, just shy of 1,500 quality size bluegill, largemouth bass, and white crappie were stocked in Wallace and Shadow lakes in April, as well.
The spring trout stocking of the East Branch Rocky River concluded recently with 500 pounds of rainbow trout released between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. This stretch of river was stocked for five weeks in a row, and plenty of trout remain and are well distributed along that entire stretch. Trout have been biting well on PowerBait, small jigs tipped with maggots, salmon eggs, and small spinners. NOTE: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day per angler with a 12-inch minimum size limit.
Anglers fishing the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie are pursuing walleyes, steelhead, crappies, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a menagerie of panfish species. Many fish can be found prowling the marinas and other nearshore areas. The postspawn walleye night bite has been good along the Cleveland shoreline, with Edgewater Park, E.55th/E.72nd (Gordon Park), and Wildwood Park all worth a look. Anglers are primarily casting Husky Jerks, Rattlin Rogues, and Perfect 10 crankbaits for walleyes from the shoreline rocks. Be sure to bring a long-handled landing net and a head lamp.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com