Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

• The bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six 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.

Western Basin
Walleye
Where: Fishing was good over the past week as fish were caught around “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, around some of the reefs (Niagara, Crane, and Toussaint) of the Camp Perry firing range, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, north of the Marblehead Lighthouse, southwest of Kelleys Island, and north of Kelleys Island and Kelleys Island Shoal.
How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners), spoons behind divers, and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.
Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch have been caught east of Kelleys Island and off the Marblehead Lighthouse.
How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin
Walleye
Where: Fishing was good nearshore west of Huron (Sawmill Creek), off Cranberry Creek, between Vermilion and Lorain, off Cleveland in 37 to 42 feet of water, and from Geneva to Conneaut in 35 to 55 feet of water.
How: Anglers are trolling stick baits and worm harnesses.
Yellow Perch
Where: Anglers are catching fish with a few limits reported just off the breakwall at Lorain, in 50 to 60 feet of water off Cleveland, in 46 feet of water off Ashtabula, and in 45 to 55 feet of water off Conneaut. Fishing from shore has picked up with a few fish being caught off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and in Fairport Harbor.
How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been excellent in five to 20 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using tube jigs and crankbaits.
Steelhead
In late spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include smallmouth bass, stocked trout, panfish, walleyes, and largemouth bass.  The rivers are offering lake-run smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and carp this week with some late season steelhead still around.  Walleye and smallmouth bass are hitting along the Cleveland shoreline, and largemouth bass, trout, catfish, and panfish have been biting in inland lakes.
Lake-run smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, with three- to four-inch dark brown or olive tube jigs being an effective offering much of the time. Many of these bass are 2-4 pounds and even larger. A surprising number of lingering late season steelhead have been reported this week, as well. A spinner, live minnow or baitfish crankbait can catch both smallmouth and bonus steelhead – often from the same hole.
Channel catfish and carp are available in the northern reaches of local rivers. Catfish hang out in deeper holes, especially those with some woody cover in the water and bite best at dawn and dusk, unless the water is muddy, under which conditions they’ll bite throughout the day. Catfish bite best on the river bottom with an egg slip sinker holding down baits such as nightcrawlers, chicken liver (it lasts much longer if tied up in mesh spawn sack style), fish cutbait, and shrimp. Some steelhead anglers use their drift gear and floats for catfish, which works quite well as long as you set your depth to be very close to or on the river bottom.  Hard fighting carp bite well on baits like canned corn, worms, doughbaits, and crayfish fished on the river bottom in holes. Fly fishers can target carp using nymph, bugger and crayfish patterns.
Many trout and channel catfish stocked for the kid’s fishing derbies remain to be caught at Wallace Lake and the Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area. Wallace received 700 pounds of catfish and 800 pounds of trout, and the canal received 700 pounds of catfish and approximately 1,900 pounds of trout (the canal is stocked by Metroparks and ODNR for this event, hence the greater number of trout stocked there). Trout often bite on small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, waxworm) suspended under a float, small to medium size spinners (RoosterTail spinners are good), a few kernels of canned corn, 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. Catfish like chicken liver, and either species can be caught on raw shrimp or a nightcrawler on the bottom. Please note that the daily trout limit is three/day at Wallace Lake and five/day at the canal. Sunfish and largemouth bass are also biting well at area lakes, with one angler hooking and breaking off a bass estimated at 5-6 pounds while targeting trout with a RoosterTail spinner.
Anglers fishing the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie are pursuing walleyes, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, northern pike. Many fish can be found prowling the marinas and other nearshore areas throughout spring and early summer. The post-spawn walleye shore night bite and daytime boat bite have been good along the Cleveland shoreline, with Edgewater Park, E.55th/E.72nd (Gordon Park), and Wildwood Park all worth a look. 

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