COLUMBUS, Ohio - The weekly fishing report provided by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Griggs Reservoir (Delaware County) - For largemouth bass, fish the
steep shorelines in the upper end north of the island with crank baits,
spinner baits, soft plastic, and live baits during early morning and
evening. Night fishing is very productive along the east shoreline for
anglers seeking channel catfish. Use shrimp, chicken livers, and night
crawlers fished along the bottom.
Knox Lake (Knox County) - Largemouth bass and channel catfish
fishing remains good. Largemouth bass can be caught by anglers using
crank baits, Carolina rigs, and spinner baits near brush cover or
downed trees. Channel catfish can be caught with prepared baits or cut
bait fished at night. Ten horsepower limit.
Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - Anglers are catching a variety of
fish including bass, catfish, and bluegill below the Ballville dam.
Worms, minnows and shrimp fished under a bobber or by casting is
working well. Twister tails and spinners have also been working.
Portage River (Sandusky County) - White bass have been taken in good
numbers recently in the Portage River at the end of the Port Clinton
pier. Minnows fished under bobbers or twister tails being cast have
been working well during the last few hours of daylight.
Bucyrus Reservoir No. 4 (Crawford County) - Channel cats in the 2-to
5-pound range have been taken this past week. Chicken liver fished on
the bottom is the best bet near the north east corner or next to the
Riley Reservoir (Crawford County) - For channel cats, fishing
minnows or chicken livers on the bottom near the backside of the
reservoir will bring productive results.
Willard Reservoir (Huron County) - Channel catfish are being taken
after dark on shrimp and cut bait. The best results are near the boat
Spencer Lake (Medina County) - Anglers are taking nice-sized channel
catfish fish from shore in the early morning hours. Chicken livers
fished on a single hook and sinker, while tight-lined on the bottom is
working best for anglers. Largemouth bass anglers continue to have
limited success pitching weighted twister tails (green is most
productive) from shoreline.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) - Walleye are hitting in 16
to 18 feet of water. Anglers are using small, brightly colored floating
jigs tipped with minnows or night crawlers. Place a small split shot on
your line about a foot to 18 inches above the jig and bounce the split
shot off the bottom. This method is working well in the fishable area
around the dam. Unlimited horsepower.
Turkeyfoot Lake (Summit County) - Panfishing is heating up in the Portage Lakes area. Bluegill are biting wax worms.
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - Anglers are catching decent
numbers of walleye. While the best fishing occurs mid-April through
early June, dropping a worm harness about 15 feet deep just after dawn
will bring the best results. Unlimited horsepower.
Little Beaver Creek (Columbiana County) - For smallmouth bass,
fishing slow pools in 2 to 3 feet of water with a popping bug or a
small crank bait works well. Anglers are reminded that a 15-inch
minimum length limit is enforced as well as a daily bag limit of one
fish from the Ohio/Pennsylvania border to state Route 7.
Great Miami River (Montgomery and Warren counties) - For best
results, fish below the dams. Channel catfish and flathead catfish are
being taking by anglers using night crawlers, chicken livers, bluegill,
goldfish, dough baits, or creek chubs. Fish the bait off of the bottom.
There is a lot of current at the dams and heavier sinkers are
necessary. After dark is the best time for fishing for catfish. Anglers
are catching channel and flathead catfish by using chicken livers, cut
bait, earthworms, night crawlers, or live goldfish or bluegill for
flatheads. Cast from the shoreline and fish the bait slowly along the
bottom or just off of the bottom. Also, try fishing the bait tight line
along the bottom. Use a No. 1/0 heavy, long-shanked hook.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Hybrid striped bass are being
caught by anglers trolling or jigging shad colored crank baits or
spoons in 5 to 7 foot depths. Also, try slowly trolling with live
gizzard shad. Shore anglers have been successful using night crawlers
and chicken livers. The best area to fish is around the main state park
public swimming beach. Anglers are catching good numbers of sub-legal
fish. All hybrids less than 15 inches long must be immediately released
back into the lake. Also, anglers can only keep a daily limit of 4
hybrids. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using crawdads,
live minnows, or earthworms as bait. Cast into the areas under undercut
banks or near submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait off of the
bottom and about five to eight feet deep. Use a No. 1-3 sized
C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Walleye are being caught by
anglers using crank baits, jigs with plastic bodies or curly tails,
small spinners, or live minnows, leaches, or night crawlers on a No. 6
long-shanked hook as bait. Good curly tail color choices are white,
orange, pink, or chartreuse. Fish by slowly trolling or drifting baits
in 10 to 15 foot depths. Walleye are being caught in the main lake
river channel and around structure. Fishing is best in the early
morning and early evening hours. Most walleye are undersized fish but
some legal fish are being caught. All walleye less than 15 inches long
must be immediately released back into the lake.
Burr Oak (Morgan County) - Largemouth bass are being caught on black
plastic worms. Productive areas for largemouth include the Twin Bays
area and along submerged weed beds or woody cover in 6 to 12 feet of
water. Submerged structure maps of this lake can be obtained by
contacting the Division of Wildlife District Four office in Athens at
(740) 589-9930. Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers
fished along the rocky shoreline to the left of Dock Four.
Jackson City Reservoir (Jackson County) - Small channel catfish are
being caught on night crawlers and chicken livers on the park side of
the lake near the shelter house. The lake is down about three feet due
to the dry conditions.
Jackson Lake (Jackson County) - Numerous small bluegill are being
caught below the dam using night crawlers and wax worms. Good numbers
of channel catfish are also being caught from state Route 279 by
anglers using chicken livers and night crawlers. Most channels are
running in the one pound range.
Muskingum River (Morgan County) - Channel catfish and flatheads are
being caught at the Stockport dam and tailwater from the mill side of
the river. Preferred baits are chicken liver, shrimp and night crawlers.
Seneca Lake (Guernsey County) - Flatheads are being caught from the
shore using live bait and cut baits. Flatheads can be caught on a
variety of live baits, but most anglers choose to use live chubs, shad
or bluegill. Both tight-line and float fishing techniques work well on
this species. Saugeye angling success continues to be good this week
with catches running in the 15-to19-inch range. Saugeye are being
caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with night crawlers fished in
eight to 10 foot depths. Saugeye anglers have also been successful
trolling crank baits in 8 to 10 feet of water. Hot spots for saugeye
include the area around the upper island and in Cadillac Bay.
Walleye_Walleye fishing is improving in the western basin of Lake
Erie. The best walleye fishing has been west of West Sister Island, on
the gravel pit seven miles north of Wards canal, and around the Toledo
water intake. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling spoons
produce the most fish.
Yellow Perch_Yellow perch fishing has been slow. The best areas have
been northwest of Kelleys Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and north
of Niagara Reef. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped
Smallmouth Bass_The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the
Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have
been caught in Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.
Walleye_Walleye fishing continues to be good in eastern Ohio's
waters of the central basin. The best fishing has been 7 to 9 miles
north off Fairport Harbor in 65 to 72 feet of water and 7 to 9 miles
north of Ashtabula in 65 to 72 feet water. Trolling 30 to 50 feet down
with spoons or crawler harnesses using planer boards, dipsy divers or
jet divers, have produced the best catches. The best spoon colors have
been confusion, watermelon and black/silver. Fish have ranged from 15
to 28 inches.
Yellow Perch_Yellow perch fishing has been best one mile north of
Euclid in 30 feet of water, 2 to 4 miles north of Ashtabula in 40 to 55
feet of water, and 2 to 4 miles north of Conneaut in 40 to 55 feet of
water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set up.
Fish have ranged from 7 to13 inches.
White Bass_The best white bass fishing has been from the shore at
the Eastlake CEI wall. Anglers are using agitators with small spinners
and twister tails. Fish have ranged from 8 to 14 inches.
Smallmouth Bass_Smallmouth bass fishing has been good on Ruggles
Reef and around the shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water
around Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Jigs tipped with
shiners, tube jigs, jerk baits and crank baits have been the most
Steelhead_Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same
areas mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 22 to 28
Lake Erie surface temperatures are around 75 degrees.
Belmont County - Channel catfish success continues to be good in the
Hannibal Pool of the Ohio River. Most channel cats are being caught on
the bottom using tight-lining techniques with cut bait, night crawlers,
and chicken livers.
Tip of the Week
For the best fishing success, fish in the early morning and late
evening hours. Fishing for catfish is good right after a hardy rain or
in the late evening. Fish the bait along the bottom and where a stream
enters another body of water. Channel catfish like chicken liver,
bullheads like earthworms, and flatheads like cut bait.