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Lake Erie Regulations

Fishing Regulations Ohio Freshwater Fishing

Regulations apply to Lake Erie proper and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries. The following regulations for walleye (and sauger and saugeye), yellow perch, black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted), and white bass apply to the waters of Lake Erie, its embayments including Maumee Bay, Sandusky Bay, East Harbor, Middle Harbor, and West Harbor, and from where Lake Erie tributaries enter the lake upstream to the following end points:

  • Arcola, Wheeler, Cowles, and Indian creeks: U.S. Route 20 bridges;
  • Ashtabula River: E. 24th Street bridge.;
  • Black River: State Route 611 bridge;
  • Conneaut Creek: Main Street bridge (downtown to Conneaut);
  • Euclid Creek and Chagrin River: State Route 283 bridges;
  • Rocky River: Detroit Road bridge;
  • Sandusky River: Ballville Dam;
  • Maumee River: First dam upstream (Grand Rapids, Ohio);
  • Vermilion River: State Route 2 bridge;
  • Grand River: State Route 535 bridge;
  • Cuyahoga River: Harvard Road bridge.

WALLEYE AND YELLOW PERCH MAY CHANGE BEGINNING MAY 1, 2017

Updated limits will be announced through a news release, posted at wildohio.gov, and a publication with updated limits for walleye and yellow perch will be available at wildlife district offices and license outlets beginning in April.

All statewide regulations apply to Ohio waters of Lake Erie EXCEPT for those listed below:

SPECIES

DATES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Largemouth, Smallmouth,

& Spotted Bass

March 1 – April 30, 2017 5 (singly or in combination) 14 inches
May 1 – June 23, 2017 Possession is prohibited None
June 24, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 5 (singly or in combination) 14 inches
Walleye,

Saugeye,

& Sauger

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2017 6 (singly or in combination) 15 inches
March 1 – April 30, 2017 4 (singly or in combination) 15 inches
May 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 To be announced 15 inches
White Bass Open year-round None None
Yellow Perch March 1 – April 30, 2017 30 (West, Central, & East Zones) None
May 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 To be announced None
LAKE ERIE REGULATIONS FOR TROUT AND SALMON

Lake Erie proper and the entire length of Lake Erie creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

SPECIES

DATES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Trout & Salmon May 16 – Aug. 31, 2017 5 (singly or in combination) 12 inches
Sept. 1, 2017 – May 15, 2018 2 (singly or in combination) 12 inches
Exception to ABOVE regulations

For the waters of Cold Creek upstream of State Route 2 (Erie County).

This regulation no longer applies to Beaver Creek in Seneca County.

SPECIES DAILY LIMIT MIN. SIZE
Trout & Salmon 5 (singly or in combination) None