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Fish Ohio Report, April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR

CENTRAL OHIO

Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) - Lake water temperatures last week were in the mid-40 degrees Fahrenheit. As water temperatures increase, crappies should move from deep water into shallower water. Fish creek channels and deep drop-offs with woody cover using jigs and minnows. Look for areas around submerged timber. Saugeye in the two to five pound range are located by the dam in good numbers right now. Try using minnow-imitating lures for saugeye. White bass should be moving up the creeks in two to three weeks if the weather continues to warm. They can be caught on small jigs or rooster tails. There is a 10 horsepower limit at this reservoir.

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) - This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus in known for large crappie. Fish the old river channel and deep water with woody cover using a jig tipped with a minnow. As water warms this spring, crappie will move to shallower water to spawn. Channel catfish can be caught using cut bait; target the north end of the lake. Largemouth bass can be caught using plastics around stumps and other woody cover.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - The water temperature is 48 degrees. The river level is above normal and the water clarity is poor. Walleye have moved into the river and anglers are catching good numbers of limits. Fishermen have been most successful with Carolina rigged floating jig heads with a three foot leader. The jigs should be tipped with a twister tail-fluorescent colors are working the best. Anglers are catching fish in all areas of the spawning grounds. The fishing conditions should stay excellent. Anglers need to be cautious as thunderstorms and rain moves through the area and raises water levels. REMINDER: Do not keep any walleye shorter than 15 inches. It is recommended that you take a ruler with you.

Maumee River (Wood and Lucas Counties) - The water temperature is 44 degrees. The river level is above normal and rising. The islands are not accessible and the water clarity is low. Anglers are catching good numbers of fish, mostly males, in the 18 to 22 inch range. The Division of Wildlife's sampling in the river shows excellent numbers of walleye in the river with good numbers of females present. Fishermen have been most successful with Carolina rigged floating jig heads with a two foot leader. The jigs should be tipped with a twister tail-fluorescent colors are working the best. The top spots this week should be in the Orleans Park area and the White Street Access. The fishing conditions should stay excellent. Anglers need to be cautious as thunderstorms and rain moves through the area and raises water levels. REMINDER: Do not keep any walleye shorter than 15 inches. It is recommended that you take a ruler with you.

NORTHEAST OHIO

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) - This 2,300-acre lake located just east of Ravenna offers over 40 miles of shoreline fishing as well as two boat ramps which are both accessible from Cable Line Road. Anglers fishing west of Rock Springs Road have seen good catches of crappie nine to 12 inches, most of which are in the 11 to 12-inch range. Fish jig heads with grub tails tipped with minnows in 13 to 20-feet of water about six to 10-feet down. Walleye anglers are catching fair numbers, one reporting #10 husky jerks as the lure of choice. Reports are that fishing is best when the sun is shining and there is little or no wind. Boat anglers new to this lake should call Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293 to discuss this lake with a fisheries biologist since it can be tough to navigate due shallow spots throughout the lake. A map can be viewed at www.wildohio.com

Pymatuning Reservoir (Ashtabula County) - Walleye populations are improving for going on the fourth year in a row thanks for a combined effort between the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In 2008, the agencies began stocking walleye fingerlings instead of fry which has vastly improved the walleye survival rate over the last few years. The improved stocking strategy, in addition to providing underwater artificial reefs and structures, has provided impressive opportunities for anglers. The walleye and crappie bites have been fairing well lately as the water temperature continues to increase. The last report indicates temps in the mid to upper 30s. An occasional muskie has been reported by anglers as well. Pymatuning Lake is the largest inland lake in Ohio at 16,349 acres. The fishable portion of Pymatuning Lake (i.e., excluding the sanctuary east of Hartstown Road in Linesville, Pennsylvania) totals 14,334 acres. For additional information contact Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293 or visit www.wildohio.com.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Burr Oak Lake (Morgan and Athens counties) - Anglers are beginning to reel in crappies and largemouth bass in this 628-acre lake. Fish management staff has regularly placed structure throughout this lake every spring. To obtain a map of structure locations contact the Wildlife District Four office at (740)589-9930. Try fishing for crappie over structure locations using minnows or twisters tipped with a minnow. For largemouth bass try throwing jig 'n pig or spinner baits.

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) - This 3,106-acre lake is a popular destination for crappie anglers. Fish any of the brushy shoreline structure or sunken structure piles using a jig tipped with a minnow or twister. To obtain a map of structure locations contact the Wildlife District Four office at (740)589-9930. Spring fishing for saugeye is best near the beach or shallow flats using twisters, stickbaits, or blade baits. Muskie fishing should also be kicking into gear. Try trolling shallow crankbaits near the shore at 10 feet or less.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Crappies are being caught using live minnows, or jigs with plastic bodies. Anglers are catching crappies in the shallow areas near stickups and brush piles. Anglers are also following the wood lines back into the tributary creeks such as Poplar, Clover, Flat, and Barns creeks. Spotted and largemouth bass are being caught by using spinner baits and plastic jigs colored black and blue. Hybrid striped bass are being caught by fishing chicken liver or night crawlers off of the bottom. All fish are being caught in shallow water one to three feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using night crawlers as bait.

Grant Lake (Brown County) - Crappie fishing has turned on due to water temperatures on the rise as a result of the warm weather this past weekend. Anglers are reporting good success from the boat ramp south to the dam and along brushy shoreline areas. Eight to 10 inch crappies are being caught fishing minnows with floats at about two to three feet down. Jigheads with small tubes or curly tails are also recommended.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton counties) - Some white bass are being caught in the upper end of the lake where the two creeks pass under SR 380 and Roxanna-New Burlington Rd. Try small spinners or white or chartreuse jigs. Muskie are being caught in 10 feet or less - some off main lake flats, the backs of coves and some were caught off riprap. Anglers are having success with crankbaits: Jakes, Shallowraiders, etc. Try lipless crankbaits fast through brush piles and banging them off rocks.

Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby counties) - The annual fishing derby and campout will be held at Lake Loramie State Park starting Friday May 6-8. For information, call (937) 295-2011. Also, the Lake Loramie Improvement Association, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks, Division of Wildlife and the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District are hosting a fishing seminar for women ages 16 and up for no charge. The seminar will be held at Earl's Island Pavilion, Lake Loramie, on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pre-registration by May 20th is required and limited to the first 25 applicants. For additional information please contact Lynda Adams, Education Coordinator, at Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District, 492-6520, ext. 117.

Davis Lake ( Auglaize County) - Approximately 500 rainbow trout, measuring 10 to 11 inches in length will be stocked in Davis Lake on April 21, 2011. The 13-acre Davis Lake is owned by the City of St. Marys and is located at the Solid Waste and Recycling Center, 15500 River Rd. St. Marys, OH 45885. Hours of operation will be during daylight only. A fishing license is required. Fishing will be from the shoreline only, no boats are allowed. The statewide bag limit of five trout per day will apply at Davis Lake.

OHIO RIVER

Cincinnati to Meldahl Dam ( Hamilton, Clermont, Brown and Adams counties) - Current river conditions are high and muddy from heavy showers early in the week. The river is expected to crest in the Cincinnati area by Saturday and will be close to flood levels. Tributaries are running high and fast, caution should be taken if fishing in these areas during current conditions. For current conditions and forecasts log on to http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/index.shtml.

Greenup Pool (Gallia, Lawrence and Scioto counties) - Waters on most of the Ohio River remain high and muddy. Some anglers fishing shad and skipjacks in the upper Greenup tailwaters, stream confluences and other warm-water discharge areas along the River report success fishing for hybrid striped bass. As water levels drop and clarity increases, sauger fishing at the Greenup Dam can be good with many fish averaging two-pounds. Try fishing chartreuse or white jigs tipped with minnows from the shoreline four to five feet off the bottom.



Regulations to Remember:

The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 4 fish per angler March 1 through April 30. The minimum size limit is 15 inches.

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 inches. May 1 through June 24 is closed to possession.

Spring walleye fishing on western Lake Erie is under way. Pending weather, fish have been caught with hair jigs tipped with shiners in Maumee Bay, inshore of the reef complex in 8-15' of water, 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 trolling stick baits. Perch fishing is starting to pick up in traditional early spring spots in water depths ranging from 25'-35' using minnows on perch spreaders fished near the bottom.



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

Fact Box

The fishable portion of Pymatuning Lake (i.e., excluding the sanctuary east of Hartstown Road in Linesville, Pennsylvania) totals 14,334 acres. For additional information contact Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293 or visit www.wildohio.com.

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