Fishing Regulations

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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 Have Changed Beginning May 1, 2017

    Updated limits will be announced through a news release, 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 Date 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, Sauger,
    & Saugeye
    Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, 2017
    6 (singly or in combination)
    15 inches
    March 1 - April 30, 2017
    4 (singly or in combination)
    May 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018
    To be announced
    White Bass Open year-round None None
    Yellow Perch March 1 - April 30, 2017
    West Zone, 30
    Central Zone, 30
    East Zone, 30
    None
    May 1, 2017 - Feb. 28, 2018
    To be announced


    Lake Erie Regulations for Trout and Salmon

    Lake Erie proper and the entire length of Lake Erie Creeks, Rivers, and Tributaries

    Species Date Daily Limit Min. Size
    Trout & Salmon May 16 - Aug. 31, 2017
    5 (singly or in combination)
    12 inches
    Sept. 1, 2016 - May 15, 2017
    Sept. 1, 2017 - May 15, 2018
    2 (singly or in combination)


    Exception to Above Regulations for Trout and Salmon

    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


    Fishing Regulations