**The walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. A 15" minimum size limit for walleye remains in effect for the entire season. The Lake Erie daily bag limit for yellow perch is 40 fish. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 14". The steelhead trout bag limit 2. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**|
With decreasing water temperatures, be sure to take extra precaution when fishing on Lake Erie.
Walleye fishing has been sporadic. Walleye were caught from Cedar Point to Vermilion. Water depths have ranged from 24’ to 38’; anticipate frequent moves to find schools of active fish. Fish have been caught on spoons (try Blueberry Muffin) trolled with dipsy divers or jet divers, but the crankbait bite is picking up (Blue Hawaiian Reef Runners and Ripsticks appear to be hot). Night pier fishing has been sporadic.
Yellow perch fishing had been spotty with recent weather patterns, but should improve when conditions allow. The best reports have been from Cleveland, where a steady bite has been found in 40’ to 43’ of water. Fish have ranged from 8 to 12 inches. Perch rigs with shiners fished near the bottom have produced the most fish.
Steelhead fishing has been fair to good in the Vermilion River, Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River, Arcola Creek, Cowles Creek, Geneva State Park, Conneaut Creek, and along the Conneaut west breakwall. Shore anglers are using small spinners and spoons, and jigs and maggots rigged with a split shot under a light bobber. For recent updates on the steelhead fishery visit the Division of Wildlife steelhead web page at: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/fishing/fairport/steelhead.htm
Lake Erie surface temperatures are in the mid- to upper 40’s.