Weekly fishing report

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Jul 30, 2014

 

Last Updated: July 30, 2014

The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.

The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

From May 16 through August 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit increases to 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

 

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been good north of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, west and north of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, around northwest reef and west of Rattlesnake Island.

How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good just off Turtle Island, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and from Marblehead to Kelleys Island.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught north of Kelleys Island, around South Bass Island and around Marblehead.

How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.

How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off both Huron and Lorain, at the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain including the weather buoy near the Canadian border, in 50-to-60 feet of water northeast of Rocky River, and in 60-feet of water north of Cleveland. Excellent fishing has been reported in 56-to-72 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north of Ashtabula.

How: Anglers are using planer boards, Dipsy and Jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow Perch
Where: Anglers are catching some perch in 30-to-40 feet of water north of Gordon Park and in 30-to-40 feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 48-to-51 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 54-to-70 feet of water north of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been excellent in 17-to-22 feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with tubes baits, leeches and soft craws.

White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 20-to-40 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and the Grand River, with the evenings being the best time. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.

How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.

Channel Catfish
Where: Fishing has slowed down along the Grand River.

How: Anglers are using night crawlers and large chubs.

Water Temperature
The Lake Erie water temperature is 72 degrees off Toledo and 72 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating

Comments

SassieSuzieSez

Any word on Mercury levels in the fish caught ? Used to remember them telling the public not to eat Perch more than once a week, due to Mercury levels in them. Any new developments in this area of concern?