Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

• The bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye 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.

• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Walleyes

Where: With water temperatures still in the 40s, walleye fishing continues to be excellent around the islands, Catawba, and from Cedar Point to Vermilion. Fishing at night has been good in the same areas and around Cleveland Harbor.

How: Most walleyes have been caught by trolling with crankbaits.

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye. The Rocky River is just dropping to a good level and stain, and should offer excellent steelhead fishing opportunities.

After several days of high and muddy conditions, the Rocky River is just dropping into great shape for the New Year. With no rain in the short-term forecast steelhead fishing prospects look to be excellent. The river has been producing an impressive number of bonus brown trout along with the steelhead. When the water is stained, the majority of the steelhead typically bite brightly colored spawn sacks, with jigs tipped with grubs, live or salted minnows, and various flies taking more fish as the water clears. Medium size silvery spoons and spinners are always worth a try, as well, and require less specialized tackle for newer steelhead anglers. The Cuyahoga River is muddy, but the Chagrin River will also offer good fishing prospects in the coming days.

A fair number of steelhead continue to hang out along the Lake Erie shoreline (especially at E. 55th and Edgewater parks), although their numbers have been decreasing the past few weeks as more fish enter the streams. Popular methods for targeting Lake Erie shoreline steelies include suspending a jig tipped with minnow or nightcrawler two to five  feet below a bobber, as well as casting a spoon (i.e., Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (i.e., Vibrax or RoosterTail).

A total of 3,000 pounds of trout were stocked in Metroparks lakes earlier, as follows: Wallace Lake (1,250 pounds), Shadow Lake (700 pounds), Ledge Lake (550 pounds), Judge’s Lake (250 pounds) and Ranger Lake (250 pounds). The size of the trout varies from 3⁄4-pound to over 3 pounds, and the fish are extra colorful as a result of our supplier changing their diet to include more beta carotene. Along with the predominantly standard rainbow trout are several dozen golden rainbow trout, a few brown trout, and even one cutthroat trout stocked at Wallace. The second (and final) round of winter trout will go into the same lakes around late January/early February. Trout are also available at the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area down the hill from CanalWay Visitor Center off E. 49th Street. Trout bite well on PowerBait, canned corn, small spinners, and jigs tipped with a few maggots/waxworms, and nightcrawlers or shrimp fished right on the bottom. Please note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams two per day, minimum size 12 inches (this includes steelhead); three per day, no size limit at Wallace, Ledge, Judge’s, and Ranger lakes, and five per day, no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal.

Night walleye anglers continue to report catches off Edgewater and E. 72nd/Gordon parks from the shore casting when conditions have allowed, with larger Husky Jerks and Perfect 10 models being top producers. Keep in mind that this fishery can be hit or miss, with one night producing a limit catch in short order and the next, under seemingly identical conditions, not producing a hit, so persistence pays.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

 

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