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Fish Ohio Report, May 5, 2011

May 9, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - Fish plastic baits and crankbaits for largemouth bass in and along lily pads on the south side of lake and near woody cover on the north shore.  As the water warms, bluegill can be caught in shallow water areas using night crawlers or wax worms fished under a bobber.  Fly fishing for bluegills using floating flies and spiders can also be very productive and exciting.  Chicken livers fished on the lake bottom can reward an angler with channel catfish or hybrid striped bass.  No motors are allowed on this lake.

Madison Lake (Madison County) - This 104-acre lake southwest of Columbus is a good place to pick up some spring crappies.  Use jigs or minnows suspended by a bobber around wood to catch a mess of these tasty fish.  Fish will move north and shallower as the water warms.  Many fish are over 10 inches with some 12 inches long.  Channel catfish are also plentiful in this lake.  Fish cut bait around wood, and target the creek mouth after a rain event.  Only electric motors are allowed.


Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) - The water temperature is 53 degrees, the water is cloudy and at normal levels.  Largemouth bass have been caught in the evenings by fishing flathead minnows under a slip bobber or by casting twister tail jigs.  The shallow shoreline area along the south shore is the best spot.  Yellow perch are also being taken in the early afternoon by fishing minnows or worms under a slip bobber.  The best spot is the deep water west of the brush line.

Killdeer Reservoir (Wyandot County) - The water temperature is 52 degrees, the water is cloudy and at low levels.  Smallmouth bass are being caught in the evenings by trolling or casting softcraws, leeches, and twister tailed jigs. The island area is the best spot.  Walleye are being taken in the evenings by still fishing minnows.  The south shore is best for walleye fishing.

Findlay Reservoir #1 (Hancock County) - The water temperature is 55 degrees.  Walleye and yellow perch are biting on night crawlers fished in about 10 feet of water.  The best time seems to be in the morning from the dock.


Mahoning River (Stark County) - Run baby, run...The popular white bass run has shown some life in the Mahoning River outside of Alliance. It hasn't peaked yet so the opportunity is still there. Anglers can catch white bass while fishing with minnows and/or twister tails. Fishing the dam near the intersection of E. Gaskill Street and Apple Avenue usually produces good numbers. Limited parking is available at a pull-off area or nearby Early Hill Park on Vine Street. Parking and fishing access is also available near the bike trail off of E. Gaskill Street, just east of SR 225/Union Avenue.

Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) - Results of a change in stocking strategy a few years ago have this lake back on track to be a top tier inland walleye lake. Great numbers of walleye right below the minimum length limit of 15 inches are being caught on vibe/cicada and jigs with night crawlers. Early creel surveys are reporting crappie being caught lakewide. Many are also hooking into perch when fishing for crappie. Minnow under a bobber has produced the best results.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - The crappie have moved into shallower water and can be found in woody snags and along rip rap. They are biting on the usual crappie gear: crappie tubes, chartreuse and white twister tails, and minnow under a bobber. It is important to remember that there is a nine inch length limit and a daily bag limit of 30 crappie on this lake.


Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) - Saugeye in the 20 to 25 inch range are being taken near the dam by shore and boat anglers. Best fishing is at dusk or dawn or all day if there is cloud cover. Most fish are being taken on jig and minnows fished six to eight feet deep using a slip bobber. Fair numbers of nice (12 to 14 inch) black crappies are being taken in the same area with live bait minnows fished three to four feet deep. A few largemouth bass from 12 to 19 inches are being caught on spinner baits fished slowly in shallow water.

Lake Logan (Hocking County) - Saugeye angling success continues to be good this week. Saugeye can be caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with night crawlers fished in 6-10 feet depths. Saugeye anglers have also been successful trolling crank baits in 6-10 feet of water.  Crappie anglers should begin to look for white crappies moving into shallower water around shoreline structure to spawn. Crappie can be caught using small plastic bodied jigs or live minnows fished below bobbers in depths less than six feet.  Sunfish are also biting well along the shore.  Try a wax worm fished under a bobber.


C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Prior to heavy rains over the weekend crappies and bluegills were being caught around the marina and the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground.  Use minnows for crappie and wax worms or redworms for bluegill, fished under a bobber.  Anglers are catching white bass along the rocky shorelines and up in the creek.  Try using small spinners, jigs, or minnows.  Walleye fishing has started to turn on with anglers having success bouncing along the bottom with night crawlers.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County) - Largemouth bass are being caught around shoreline cover and rip rap shorelines using crank baits, jigs, and soft plastic lures.  Saugeyes are starting to bite in 6-12 feet of water-try using jigs with twister tails, or a plain jig tipped with a minnow.  Some white bass are being caught in Anderson Fork . Use small spinners, white or chartreuse jigs for the white bass.


Water levels on the Ohio River are still unusually high and/or flooded this week. Rain is forecasted through the week. Anglers are encouraged to check water levels before deciding to fish.  

Regulations to Remember:

The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish. 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. May 16 through August 31 the daily bag limit is 5. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches.

The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is closed to possession May 1 through June 24.

Walleye have been caught sporadically by anglers jigging nearshore from Maumee Bay to Port Clinton, and also on the Camp Perry reef complex. Trollers have caught post-spawn fish outside of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, and north of Kelleys Island. Muddy water from the islands to Toledo has limited trolling success. 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.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and improving fish and wildlife resources and habitats, and promoting their use and appreciation by the public so that these resources continue to enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans.

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