Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 19th, 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 increased May 16 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 has been excellent two miles north of the Toledo water intake, on the Gravel Pit west of West Sister Island, around the Toledo lighthouse, around “A” can and “D” can of the Camp Perry firing range, around Niagara Reef, between Green Island and Rattlesnake Island, from the south passage to American Eagle shoal southwest of Kelleys Island, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, 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.
Largemouth bass
Ohio Outdoor News Contributing Writer Doug Clifford reports that bass are being caught at East and West harbors, as well as along the breakwalls associated with these two areas. Successful anglers are using smoke purple Finesse worms on a 3⁄16-ounce shaky head jig. Spinner baits are taking bass in the weeds also, Clifford reports. Water temperatures in late May ranged from 65 to 69 degrees.
Central Basin
Walleye
Where: Fishing has been good near shore west of Huron (off Sawmill Creek), off Cranberry Creek, in 40 feet of water off the condos east of Vermilion, in 30 to 40 feet of water north of Cleveland, in 40 to 50 feet of water west of Geneva, and in 42 feet of water east of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are trolling divers with stick baits and worm harnesses.
Yellow perch
Where: Anglers are catching fish off the break wall at Lorain, in 50 to 60 feet of water off Cleveland, and in 44 to 46 feet of water off Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fishing from shore has picked up with a few fish being caught off the E. 55th St. and E. 72nd St. 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 10 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using tube jigs and crankbaits.
Cleveland Metroparks
As we move into early summer, highlight species targeted around Cleveland Metroparks include smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, largemouth bass, panfish, channel catfish, and common carp. Smallmouth bass are typically found in the deeper, rocky pools of the Rocky River during the day in early summer, and often move to the heads of such pools in the early morning and evening hours to feed actively.  A dark olive or brown tube jig of about four inches in length is one of the best producers of bass in the river. “Smallies” also bite well on live bait (i.e., minnow, crayfish, and leeches), lures (i.e., spinners and minnow plugs), and flies (i.e., crayfish patterns, Clouser minnows, dark brown or olive sculpin, or muddler minnow patterns). Bass of all sizes are abundant in the river, with a healthy number of trophy fish up to (and over) 20 inches in length available. It has been very encouraging to see most anglers releasing the larger bass recently so that these fine gamefish can be caught again, according to Cleveland Metroparks fishery biologist Mike Durkalec. Also, note that all smallmouth bass must be released immediately if caught downstream of the Detroit Road bridge through June 26. Rock bass are also present in the same river areas as smallmouth, and can be caught using the same offerings listed above.
Channel catfish and large carp are also present in some of these same areas in the river, and fishing for them can be a laid back and relaxing way to enjoy some time on the water. Good numbers of channel catfish stocked in May also remain to be caught at Wallace Lake and the Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area, as well as several smaller Metroparks waters. More catfish will be stocked at various locations in June, as well.  Catfishing is usually best during lower light conditions using baits such as nightcrawlers, minnows, chicken liver, and processed dough baits. A good number of larger catfish are moving into the river from Lake Erie on their spawning run.   Resident channel catfish are available in the river all summer.
Some large carp (some exceeding 15 pounds) will be found in the northern river reaches throughout the month, as well. Carp can often be caught throughout the day on such bait as canned corn, carp dough baits, worms, or crayfish tails. A growing contingent of fly anglers looking for a challenge are targeting carp with nymphs and crayfish imitations, as well. The key to fishing for either carp or catfish is fishing on (or very near) the river/lake bottom. In addition, freshwater drum (sheepshead), white perch, and bullhead catfish are also abundant in the northern river reaches (north of Morley Ford) in early summer. For the angling generalist, any of the species mentioned thus far can be effectively targeted by fishing a nightcrawler right on the river bottom with a sinker.
Summer means family fishing time for many folks, and panfish fit the bill perfectly for a leisurely picnic and fishing outing. Anglers seeking panfish have experienced decent fishing at most of the ponds and lakes in the Park District. Crappies, bluegills, and other sunfish species can be taken with a number of offerings, but a waxworm or red worm on a small hook (or tiny jig) suspended under a stick float and fished around a weedbed or shoreline brush is always a good choice. Wallace Lake, Shadow Lake, and Lakefront Reservation are just a few of many places in the park to wet a line for various panfish species. Largemouth bass fishing is often best in Wallace and Hinckley lakes, although bass can be found in most park waters.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com
 

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