The Press Newspaper
Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities during 2011, according to biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
“When you consider the variety of species and sizes of fish that are available to Ohio anglers, we are optimistic about Lake Erie fishing prospects this year,” said Roger Knight, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the Division of Wildlife. “Weather is always the wild card on Lake Erie, but anglers who take advantage of seasonal fishing opportunities have good odds at catching walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, white bass, and steelhead, often in combination during many trips.”
As a result of the 2011 quota allocation, the yellow perch bag limit will be 30 perch per angler in all Ohio waters from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012. There is no minimum size limit on yellow perch.
Lake Erie anglers can find walleye and yellow perch bag limit information at wildohio.com.
Lake Erie anglers have great access to fishing in the Western and Central basins due to the numerous public boat ramps, private marinas and shoreline areas. They also benefit from having the largest charter boat industry in the Great Lakes.
“Fish from the 2007 hatch grew faster than expected last year and showed up prominently in our fishery in 2010, and they should dominate the Western Basin catch this summer,” said Knight. “The 2003 hatch is still out there, and it will likely contribute many fish in the Central Basin fisheries, particularly as the waters warm up and large fish migrate eastward to cooler waters.”
Anglers are reminded that fishing conditions on Lake Erie can change hourly and adjustments are often necessary to improve success. Anglers should take into account factors such as water temperature, cloud cover, water clarity, boat traffic, wave action, structure and the amount of baitfish in the area. Anglers are also reminded to carefully monitor Lake Erie weather and to seek safe harbor before storms approach.
During the season, updated Lake Erie fishing reports are available online at wildohio.com and 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 additional information on lodging, charter boat services and local launch ramps, contact one of the following lakeshore visitors’ bureaus:
• Sandusky County Visitors Bureau - 800-255-8070
• 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.
• Meinke Marina West, 10955 Corduroy Rd., Curtice. 419-836-7774
• Meinke Marina East, 12805 Bono Rd., Curtice. 419-836-8610
• Fenwick Marina, 10261 W. Oak Harbor Southeast Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-7009
• Lamberjack’s Marina, 10221 W. Locust Point Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-1974
• Maumee Bay Resort Marina, 1750 Park Rd #2, Oregon. 1-800-At-A-Park
• Toussaint River Marina, 4685 North Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-7020
• Turtle Creek Marina & Campground, 10041 W SR2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-7745
• Turtle Point Marina, 10275 W. Lakeview Blvd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-2003
• Wild Wings Marina & RV Park, 6395 N Russell Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-1416
• Beef Creek Marina, 4385 N Rider Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-1829
• Al’s Harbor, 9115 W Long Beach Rd., Oak Harbor. 419-898-5346
Note: Several marinas also provide boat ramps for the public.
• 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.