**The yellow perch daily bag limit on Lake Erie has been reduced to 30 fish per day. The change in yellow perch bag limit occurred after the printing of fishing regulations brochure. The 2007-2008 fishing regulations brochure incorrectly lists the Lake Erie yellow perch bag limit as 40 fish per day, which has now been changed to 30.**|
**From May 1 through June 29 black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) are illegal to possess on Ohio waters of Lake Erie. It is legal to fish for black bass during the closed season, but any that are caught must me immediately released.**
**The walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”.**
**The steelhead trout daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.**
Walleye fishing has been excellent in many areas of the western basin. In the far west the best fishing has been from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to the gravel pit and West Sister Island. The firing range and the islands area have also been excellent. Fish have been caught near “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island to Niagara Reef, and from the west side of Kelleys Island to Mouse Island. Worm harnesses have been very effective drifted behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights or jet divers. Trollers have also had success with spoons on jets or dipsys.
Although most of the angling effort has been directed towards walleye plenty of opportunities exist to catch yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Remember that we are currently in the catch and release only season for smallmouth bass and the yellow perch daily bag limit has been reduced to 30 for the entire season.
Walleye fishing has been excellent from Cranberry Creek to Beaver Creek in 30 to 40 feet of water and also occasionally as shallow as 16’, including Ruggles Reef. Trolling dipsys or jets with spoons or worm harnesses has been productive. Drifters are catching fish on bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Walleye has been very good 3 to 4 miles off Eastlake, Fairport, Cleveland and Geneva in 47 to 55 feet of water. Anglers are trolling jet divers or dipsy divers with spoons ranging in watermelon, copper, monkey puke, purple/black, blue/silver color combos. Trolling worm harnesses (same colors) has also been successful.
Yellow perch fishing has been best off of the Lorain lighthouse, 2 to 3 miles N of Edgewater State Park (Cleveland) in 30-40 feet of water, 2 to 3 miles NW of Fairport in 25-35 feet and 1 to 2 1/2 miles off Ashtabula and Conneaut in 20 to 45 feet of water. Shore anglers are catching yellow perch off the piers in Lorain, Fairport and Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners or worm harnesses fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in harbor areas, and in 15 to 25 feet of water along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva and Fairport Harbor. Fish were caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, and jigs tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers, or leeches.
Surface temperatures range from 67 degrees off of Toledo to 62 degrees off of Cleveland