If baiting hooks and casting lines are your forte, then the Maumee Bay area offers many wonderful access sites for fishing. The outlook for 2008 looks very promising for the anglers who live in and visit area waterways.
Walleye – Fishing for walleye continues to improve in local rivers. Some limit catches have been reported with most walleye caught being males 18 to 22 inches and a few females at 6 pounds to 10 pounds. Floating jig heads and Carolina rigs with chartreuse or fluorescent orange plastic tails are the recommended baits. After April 30, the daily bag limit is six per day and minimum size is 15 inches. Walleye numbers should increase, especially in the Maumee River as it recedes and the temperature rises.
Yellow Perch – Until further notice, the daily bag limit on Lake Erie is 30 fish per day and no minimum size limit.
Black Bass – Both largemouth and smallmouth daily bag limits are five fish with a 14 inch minimum size limit. Steelhead Trout – Daily bag limit is two. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.
During the season, the Ohio department of Natural Resources provides an updated Lake Erie fishing report at ohiodnr.com/wildlife and www.dnr.state.oh.us or by calling 1-888-HOOKFISH. Division of Wildlife staff members are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Sandusky (419-625-8062) for Western Basin information.
For information on lodging, charter boat services and local launch ramps, contact one of the following regional visitors’ bureaus.
Lake County Visitors Bureau - 1-800-368-LAKE.
Sandusky/Erie County Visitors Bureau - 1-800-255-ERIE.
Ottawa County Visitors Bureau - 1-800-441-1271.
Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau - 1-800-243-4667.
Ohio Division of Travel & Tourism - 1-800-BUCKEYE.
Public Fishing Access Sites:
The following are public access sites to Lake Erie in order of location, east to west. Other sites are available, but be sure that you aren’t fishing on private property without permission.
• Bayshore Access: Bayshore Road, Bayshore to Wynn Roads (one mile north of Cedar Point Road and Maumee Bay State Park). Call 419-424-5000.
• Maumee Bay State Park: 1400 Park Rd #1, Oregon. 419-836-7758.
• Cooley Canal Public Access: Anchor Point Rd., Curtice. 419-8369185
• Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area: SR2 at Bono curve, Curtice. 419-424-5000.
• Crane Creek State Park: 13531 SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0960
• Crane Creek Research Station/Magee Marsh: 13229 W SR 2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0960
• Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: 14000 W SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0014
• Turtle Creek Fishing Access: SR2 at Turtle Creek near Oak Harbor. 419-424-5000
• Toussaint Creek Wildlife Area: SR 19 two miles south of SR 2, Oak Harbor. 419-424-5000.
Note: Several marinas also provide boat ramps for the public.
• Anchor Pointe Marina: 10905 Corduroy Rd., Curtice. 419-836-2455
• Brenner Marina, 1 Main St., Toledo. 419-691-4663
• Fox Marine Construction, 20 Edgewater Park, Toledo.
• Meinke Marina West, 10955 Corduroy Rd., Curtice. 419-836-7774
• Meinke Marina East, 12805 Bono Rd., Curtice. 419-836-8610
• Fenwick Marina, 10195 W SR 2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-7009
• Inland Marina, 10655 W SR 2, Oak Harbor. 419-894-6923
• Lumberjack’s Marina, 10221 W. Locust Point Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-1974
• Maumee Bay Resort Marina, 1750 Park Rd #2, Oregon.
• Toledo Beach Marina, 11840 Toledo Beach Rd., Toledo. 419-242-4351
• Toussaint River Marina, 4685 North Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-7020
• Turtle Creek Marina, 6338 10041 W SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-7745
• Turtle Point Marina, 10275 Lake View, Oak Harbor. 419-898-2003
• Wild Wings Marina, 9055 W SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-3398
Emergency assistance is available by calling:
• U.S. Coast Guard Emergency Search and Rescue Station at 419-729-2020.
• Toledo Harbor Patrol at 419-936-3076.
• Lucas County Sheriff’s Dept. Marine Patrol at 419-266-1667.
• Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Underwater Rescue at 419-734-4404.