Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016
• The bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four 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.
Where: Walleyes have been caught west of Catawba Island near “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range, and south of Green Island and South Bass Island.
How: Most walleye were caught by trolling with crankbaits or by jigging.
In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead and stocked trout. Area rivers are currently flooded from recent rain and snow melt, but are now dropping in level. Several days without rain or snow melt could see the Rocky River in fishable shape again, so keep an eye on the flow data. Steelhead fishing was good during a brief window of favorable conditions earlier this week. Cleveland Metropark local ponds and lakes are offering plenty of open water to fish at this time.
Area rivers are swollen and muddy from recent rain and snow melt, but are now dropping in level. A window of good conditions earlier in the last week of February saw anglers catching some quality size fresh steelhead, and following the next string of several days of relatively dry weather the river will be offering up more of the big silver trout. Anglers can expect some of the first lake run white suckers of the season to also show up in the near future. Dime to nickel size spawn sacs in brighter colors will be a top offering as the water first begins to clear from muddy to a greenish-brown stain. Steelhead are well distributed all the way up into both branches of the river at this time.
Trout were stocked at Wallace (1,400 pounds), Shadow (750 pounds), Ledge (600 pounds), Judge’s (150 pounds), and Ranger (100 pounds) lakes in February. The lakes are offering open water for trout and panfish anglers. Trout have been biting on a variety of baits this week, with small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms being among the top producers. 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 and Erie Canal. The first of many spring trout stockings in the East Branch Rocky River is planned for around late March this year, depending on river conditions at that time.
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