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Fish Ohio Report, April 20, 2011

April 21, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR

CENTRAL OHIO

Antrim Lake (Franklin County) - Antrim Lake, on the north side of Columbus, will be stocked with 10 to 13-inch rainbow trout on Friday, April 22. A variety of baits prove successful for these hatchery-raised fish. Try corn, cheese, marshmallows or prepared baits such as Power Bait. The bag limit is five trout and anglers 16 and older need to have a fishing license. No boats are permitted at Antrim Lake.

Indian Lake (Logan County) - Saugeye and crappie are the two most active fish right now in this 5040-acre lake northwest of Columbus. Saugeye are being taken with tubes and jigs tipped with a minnow in deep water. Fish the Old Indian Lake area, south of Dream Bridge, and Moundwood areas. The riprap along Southbank is also worth a try. Crappies are being caught using jigs or jigs and minnows around woody structure and boat docks. As water warms crappie will move toward canals.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - The water temperature is 55 degrees. The river level is above normal and the water clarity is good. Walleye have moved into the river and anglers are catching good numbers of limits. This is the best fishing we have seen in years. 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 continue to stay excellent. REMINDER: Do not keep any walleye shorter than 15 inches. It is recommended that you take a ruler with you.

Maumee River (Lucas and Wood Counties) - The water temperature is 54 degrees. The river level is above normal. The islands are accessible and the water clarity is fair. Anglers are catching excellent numbers of fish, including some large females. 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. Anglers are catching fish in all areas of the spawning grounds. The fishing conditions should continue to be excellent. REMINDER: Do not keep any walleye shorter than 15 inches. It is recommended that you take a ruler with you.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Berlin Reservoir (Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties) - This 3,300-acre lake is located on and is accessible from U. S. Route 224 and State Routes 14 and 225. Walleye are being caught from a variety of locations and by anglers fishing minnows under bobbers or jigs tipped with twister tails. Anglers should note the six walleye daily bag limit with the 15-inch minimum length limit. White bass fishing is just starting to pick up from the Greenbower and Price Street bridges. Anglers should try locating these fish in deep water associated with structure such as humps, drop offs, points or submerged road beds. Small flashy spoons or spinners are effective in addition to the same setup used for walleye this time of year.

Northeast Ohio trout stockings - Rainbow trout have been or will be stocked by Division of Wildlife in the following lakes. Trout can be caught in a variety of ways but casting jigs with maggots while using a stop and retrieve approach will produce good results. Canal Fulton - youth only 8am-11am (Stark Co.) 04/30/11, Forest Hill Pond (Cuyahoga Co.) 04/01/11, Hinckley Lake (Medina Co.) 04/14/11, Jefferson Lake (Jefferson Co.) 04/08/11, Little Turtle Pond - youth only (Summit Co.) 04/16/11, Mill Creek Lake (Mahoning Co.) 04/21/11, Punderson Lake - youth only 9am-noon (Geauga Co.) 4/16/11, Shadow Lake (Cuyahoga Co.) 04/01/11, Silver Creek Lake (Summit Co.) 04/15/11, Westlake Recreation Center (Cuyahoga Co.) 04/01/11.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont, Guernsey, and Harrison counties) - This 3,300-acre lake is on State Route 22 midway between Cambridge and Cadiz and approximately 10 miles north of Interstate 70 off State Route 800. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught on a variety of baits including live night crawlers, jerk baits, shiners, crankbaits and plastics fished three to five feet deep, five to six feet from shore. Largemouth bass anglers have the most success from mid-lake to the upper or shallower end. Smallmouth bass are caught mainly from mid-lake to the dam and action is best this time of year. Warmer weather will likely improve conditions. Anglers should pack a pair of binoculars too for a better look at the local eagles and ospreys in the area. Boat launching facilities, food, gasoline, and boats and motors are available for rent at Piedmont Marina, (740) 658-1029, at the northern end of the lake off State Route 800.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Muskingum River (Morgan, Muskingum and Washington counties) - Both the pools and tail waters offer good early crappie fishing. Black crappie will average nine to 11 inches and white crappie 10 to 11 inches. Try fishing heavy cover with small jigs or minnows. Anglers report limited success fishing for spotted bass - as temperatures increase try casting rubber worms, crankbaits, and spinners over submerged structure, docks, weed beds, and deep holes. River conditions may be unfavorable for the next week due to recent and forecasted rains for the area. As temperatures continue to warm, flathead catfish fishing may pick up. Flathead catfish prefer live bait such as gizzard shad, try eight inches or larger.

Jackson City Reservoir/Hammertown Lake (Jackson County) - Trout fishing is popular in this 190-acre lake due largely to the trout that is stocked every spring. The annual trout derby will be held this Saturday, April 23rd. Largemouth bass should begin hitting regularly as water temperatures warm. Concentrate in shallow areas or back ends of coves using spinner baits, crankbaits, and jig-and-pig combinations. Jackson City Reservoir is noted for being very clear compared to other lakes in Disitrict Four.

AEP ReCreation Area - (Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties) - Largemouth bass and sunfish are biting well. Better fishing is found in ponds that are "off the beaten path" since these lakes do not receive as much fishing pressure as lakes adjacent to campsites. Bass can be caught on spinner baits and jig-and-pig combinations. Bluegills can be taken with live bait such as redworms or mealworms or small spinners and poppers. A permit is required to fish the AEP ReCreation Area.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Adams Lake (Adams County) - Anglers are catching trout by using wax worms, Berkley Power Bait, or corn as bait. Cast into areas with submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep. The water is a little muddy do to heavy rains last week.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Walleye fishing continues to improve. Early morning boat anglers fishing jigs tipped with a night crawler over the mid-lake humps and in the north end of the lake are beginning to catch some nice walleye. Remember there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleye. Bluegills are being caught around the rocky shorelines of the dam and the marina. Also, try fishing the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground. Use wax worms or redworms for bluegill, fished under a bobber. Anglers are still catching a few white bass along the rocky shorelines. Try using small spinners, jigs, or minnows.

Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County) - Bluegill and sunfish are being taken by anglers using red worms, earthworms, or wax worms. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep. The Family Fishing Pond is best and is marked and accessible from Campbell Road in the wildlife area.

OHIO RIVER

Cincinnati Area - Water levels are still high but beginning to drop. Water temps. remain cool. Anglers are reporting some success in the tributaries on worms as well as twister tails tipped with minnows. Catches are mostly bluegill and White bass. For Ohio River conditions go to: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=iln

R.C. Byrd tail waters - Anglers have reported reeling in striped bass in the 10 to 20 inch range using minnows, flukes, white jigs, and spoons. Try jigging off the bottom - best spots have been at the wall and at the end of the riprap. Anglers are catching sauger and saugeye six to 18 inches using white jigs and minnows. Try jigging slowly off the bottom along the riprap. River conditions are high and will remain so for the next week or two.

Lake Erie Weather Forecast

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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.

» River Walleye Fishing Update

» View the most recent steelhead fishing report

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

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OHIO RIVER
R.C. Byrd tail waters - Anglers have reported reeling in striped bass in the 10 to 20 inch range using minnows, flukes, white jigs, and spoons. Try jigging off the bottom - best spots have been at the wall and at the end of the riprap. Anglers are catching sauger and saugeye six to 18 inches using white jigs and minnows. Try jigging slowly off the bottom along the riprap. River conditions are high and will remain so for the next week or two.

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