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Initial Fish Ohio Report Available - Updated Each Wednesday

April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR

CENTRAL OHIO

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - Saugeye is an early favorite in this 3192 acre lake north of Columbus. Fish minnow-imitating crankbaits along the dam and causeways at dawn and dusk. Saugeye caught in the lake must be 15 inches or longer to harvest. After a water release, fish the spillway with jigs for saugeye. For crappie, try jigging off deep points that have old stumps and in the northern basin of the lake around fallen trees in the creek channel. Crappies are staging in deep water close to spawning sites. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to harvest. Channel Catfish can be caught in the north end of the lake using cut bait fished on the bottom.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – With water temperatures in the low to mid 40’s fish activity should increase with increasing water temperatures this week. Hybrid striped bass will become active along the north shore between Seller’s Point and Watkins Island in four to eight feet of water. Try using chicken livers fished on the bottom or suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass are being caught in the channels on plastic baits. Crappie and channel catfish are moving into more shallow water and the channels as the water temperature increases. Use small jigs or minnows to catch crappie in channel openings and around any available cover. Saugeye are active lake wide, use jigs tipped with a minnow or crankbaits fished near the bottom. Saugeye must be 15 inches or longer to harvest.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – The water temperature is 48 degrees. Anglers have been most successful with ¼ oz. lead jigs tipped with a 2-3” twister tail in white, chartreuse, orange, or pink. The best areas are between Roger Young Park and Walsh Park. The water level should come up with the rains that are moving through on Monday. Remember…DO NOT KEEP any walleye shorter than 15 inches. Take a ruler with you.

Maumee River (Wood and Lucas Counties) – The water temperature is 46 degrees. Anglers are catching a few fish, mostly males, in the 18-22” range. Most anglers are using a Carolina rigged floating jig head with a 18-24” leader. The jig is tipped with a twister tail usually in fluorescent colors. Fish are being caught in all areas of the spawning grounds but the best spot is Bluegrass Island. The fishing should start to improve with warmer weather and rain which is predicted for Monday. Remember…DO NOT KEEP any walleye shorter than 15 inches. Take a ruler with you.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Portage Lakes- Turkeyfoot and West reservoirs (Summit County) – Anglers from shore and boats are catching crappies in both good sizes and numbers on twister tails and minnows. White and chartreuse twister tails and mini-mites are providing best results. Locate fish in deeper water such as ten to 15 feet, just off the bottom. Locate a site-specific map of the Portage Lakes at www.wildohio.com'>www.wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Mohican River- Clear Fork branch (Ashland County) – Anglers fishing near the covered bridge are experiencing fair to good catches of brown trout ranging from eight up to 16-inches or more. Anglers of reminded of the 12-inch minimum length limit on trout species. Both experienced and casual fishermen and women will enjoy fishing this scenic waterway which is accessible from State Route 97. Chest waders are recommended but some pools will accommodate hip waders. Occasionally anglers report catching smallmouth bass, bluegill, and crappie as well. Call Wildlife District Three, fish management for more information (330) 644-2293.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby Counties) - In the spillway below the dam, saugeyes are being caught on small jigs tipped with twister tails or minnows fished along the bottom.

Acton Lake-Hueston Woods S.P. (Preble County) – As the lake warms, anglers are starting to catch crappie on minnows or small curly-tailed jigs around fallen trees in six to 12 feet of water. Remember the 9-inch size limit and daily bag limit of 30 for crappie.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Stocked with trout on April 2, 2011. Trout have been stocked in a blocked-off bay at the campground marina which has excellent shoreline fishing access. Try using small spinners or jigs tipped with waxworms. The daily catch limit is five trout per angler.

Stonelick Lake (Clermont County) – Stocked with trout on March 27, 2011.

Clark Lake (Clark County) – Stocked with trout on April 1, 2011.

Sycamore S.P. Pond (Montgomery County) – Stocked with trout on March 24, 2011. Anglers are reporting success on; corn, Powerbait, small spinners, and jigs. Try fishing two to four feet deep and be patient. Access to the lake is a 300 yard trail down a long hill; there are steps available if you look for them. Travel light for the walk and use small tackle.

Rush Run Lake (Preble County) – Stocked with trout on March 25, 2011.

Adams Lake (Adams County) – Stocked with trout on March 18, 2011. Trout are being caught on wax worms under a bobber. Channel cats and bullheads are being taken on chicken livers.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – Early season crappie fishing is always popular in this 204-acre lake. Successful anglers report that fishing with minnows or white or chartreuse twister tails in two to eight foot depths near brush piles, stickups or old submerged fencerows have produced catches of seven to nine inch long fish. Tycoon is also a favorite bass fishing destination. Jig n’ pig combos have been typical early spring success bait while fished along the old fencerows or among the many subsurface stumps. An 18-inch minimum length limit has been in effect for Tycoon’s largemouth bass since 2001.

Dow Lake (Athens County) – Rainbow Trout were stocked on March 31st.

Timbre Ridge Lake (Lawrence County) – Rainbow Trout were stocked on March 31st.

Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) – Rainbow Trout were stocked on March 24th.

Barnesville City Reservoir #3 (Belmont County) – Rainbow trout were stocked on March 24th. This reservoir, also known as Slope Creek, provides good opportunity for channel catfish angling as well. Try fishing night crawlers, shrimp, crayfish, chicken liver, stink bait or cut bait near the bottom using an appropriate size sinker.

LAKE ERIE

** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 4 fish per angler March 1 through April 30. On May 1 the limit will return to 6 fish per day. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. **

** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**

** The steelhead daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler through May 15. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.

** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler through April 30 with a minimum size limit of 14”. May 1 through June 24 is closed to possession.**

Spring walleye fishing on western Lake Erie is under way. Fish have been caught with hair jigs in Maumee Bay and on the reef complex in the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have caught fish along the northern and eastern buoys of the Camp Perry firing range.

For the most recent river walleye fishing update visit:

www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/FishingProspectsandReports/fishingfreportwalleyerunreport/tabid/6127/Default.aspx'>www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/FishingProspectsandReports/fishingfreportwalleyerunreport/tabid/6127/Default.aspx

To view the most recent steelhead fishing report on the Division of Wildlife web page visit: www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx'>www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/fisheriesmanagementplaceholder/fishingfairportsteelhead/tabid/6166/Default.aspx

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

To view the predicted weather forecast for Lake Erie visit: http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/fmtbltn.pl?file=/raw/fz/fzus61.kcle.glf.le.txt

To view Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps visit: www.dnr.state.oh.us/default/tabid/2062/Default.aspx'>www.dnr.state.oh.us/default/tabid/2062/Default.aspx

OHIO RIVER

Meldahl Dam Area - Anglers are having some success on hybrid striped bass using bucktails and swim baits

Racine Dam Area - Anglers are catching 12 to 15-inch sauger in the tailwaters of the Racine Dam on the Ohio River. Try fishing twister tails on a jighead near the bottom; bright colors work the best. Early morning hours are best when fishing live minnows on the bottom. With the recent amount of rain, anglers should keep a close watch on the rising water levels that could hinder access.

Fact Box

Mohican River- Clear Fork branch (Ashland County) – Anglers fishing near the covered bridge are experiencing fair to good catches of brown trout ranging from eight up to 16-inches or more. Anglers of reminded of the 12-inch minimum length limit on trout species.

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