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Fish Ohio Report, May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR, Division of Wildlife

CENTRAL OHIO

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) - Use crankbaits, tubes and creature baits for largemouth bass around any riprap or woody cover. Try using chicken livers on the north shore from Seller's Point to the north boat ramp when seeking hybrid striped bass. For bluegill, fish the eastern side of the lake using small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber around lily pads. Crappie measuring up to 12 inches can be taken using minnows suspended by a bobber in the lily pads. This is central Ohio's top lake for flathead catfish. Use live chubs or small sunfish fished along the lake bottom for best results. This is also one of the region's top lakes for carp, try prepared baits and dough balls fished along the bottom.

Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) - Crappies are active in coves and around woody cover. Use minnows or small jigs under a bobber. A good number of bluegill and redear sunfish up to 8 inches can be caught on wax worms in shallow areas this time of year. A large population of largemouth bass from 12 to15 inches inhabits this lake with fish over 20 inches present. Largemouth bass can be caught on crankbaits, plastics tubes and creature baits. Note: 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass and electric motors only.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - The water temperature is 60 degrees. Water clarity is poor. Successful anglers are using spinner baits, minnows, or brightly colored twister tails. All areas, from the mouth of the river to the Ballville Dam, are producing good catches of white bass. The white bass run is at its peak or slightly declining. Reminders: Black bass season is closed to possession from May 1 through the last Friday in June (June 24, 2011); any caught must be released immediately unharmed. Black bass are protected by a 14-inch minimum length limit at all times. Walleye have a 15-inch minimum size limit the entire season.

Maumee River (Lucas and Wood Counties) - The water temperature is 58 degrees. Water clarity is poor. The river is high and will stay high. The islands are not accessible at this time. Anglers are catching a few white bass with the occasional male walleye. The white bass fishing should increase as the water levels drop and the water temperature rises. White bass anglers are using spinner baits, minnows, or brightly colored twister tails. White bass are being caught in all areas. Reminders: Black bass season is closed to possession from May 1 through the last Friday in June (June 24, 2011); any caught must be released immediately unharmed. Black bass are protected by a 14-inch minimum length limit at all times. Walleye have a 15-inch minimum size limit the entire season.

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) - The water temperature is 70 degrees and the water is clear. Saugeye are being caught in the mornings and evenings by casting jigs with twister tails attached. The wave washed shorelines are producing the best catches.

Stokley Pond (Paulding County) - The water temperature is 72 degrees and the water is cloudy. Bluegills are being caught in the mornings and evenings by still fishing wax worms.

Six-Mile Creek (Paulding County) - The water temperature is 68 degrees and is muddy. Bullheads are being caught in the mornings and evenings by still fishing night crawlers. The Six-Mile Creek access area is producing the best results.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Portage Lakes (Summit County) - The redear sunfish spawn is in full swing on this popular chain of lakes. Anglers are catching numerous large sunfish in two to three feet of water on pinmins tipped with maggots or very small twister tails fished under a bobber. Crappie fishing has also been excellent with most fish being caught in seven to eight feet of water. Crappies up to 15 inches long are occasionally being caught.

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - By the sounds of the chatter, the walleye bite is pretty good right now. Most of the reports of the walleye being caught are coming from anglers that are bass fishing. The edge of the weed lines seems to be the ticket. Walleye are being caught by a variety of crankbaits, rattle traps, spinner baits, and even soft plastics. Casting a jig with either a twister tail or a piece of crawler will most likely be the best bet.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Piedmont Lake (Belmont and Harrison Counties) - Rock bass have started spawning and are being caught throughout the lake on 8oz. jigs. Nice sized crappie are also being caught on jigs in six to 10 feet of water. Try fishing around downed trees. Saugeye are being caught near Reynolds Road and in front of the dam by bouncing white twister tails off the bottom. Muskies are being caught throughout the lake on large plugs.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) - Fishing in this 143-acre lake has been good, with anglers reporting successful catches of bass, bluegill, catfish and trout. From the boardwalk try fishing worms under bobbers for bluegill. Trout can be caught on powerbait fished off the bottoms near the boat dock. Fish for catfish all along the lake shoreline on the bottom using cutbait or night crawlers. Largemouth bass in the 17 to 18 inch range have been reeled in on a variety of artificial baits fished in the coves along the northwest bank between the dock and the beach. Black bass are being caught near the headwaters of the lake near the point.

Lake Snowden (Athens County) - Largemouth bass have just moved off of spawning beds and anglers are beginning to have success catching bass using jig 'n pig and spinner baits. Redear sunfish have also been on and off the beds. Anglers using wax worms, meal worms and night crawlers fished under a bobber have been successful fishing for sunfish over submerged brush.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Prior to the heavy rains bluegills were being taken in 2-4 feet of water along shorelines with fallen trees and brush. Use wax worms, red worms, or pieces of night crawlers fished 1 ½ - 2 feet below a small bobber. Try saugeye fishing in 5-10 feet of water near the islands and along shoreline points. Cast silver-colored crankbaits and jigs with twister tails, or trying slowly drifting while bouncing a night crawler along the bottom.

Acton Lake (Butler County) - Crappies are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Fish a live minnow or wax worm two to five feet below a bobber near fallen trees or brush along the shore. Also try casting jigs with plastic twister tails or tube bodies for crappies. Largemouth bass fishing is also excellent at this lake. Try casting crankbaits or jigs along the east shore from the lodge to the dam.

OHIO RIVER

Pike Island Dam (Belmont County) - Water clarity is clearing up as the river returns to a more normal level. Sauger fishing has been good, and anglers have been fishing the pier by vertical jigging with ¼ oz. or smaller jigging spoons. Other methods for sauger fishing on the river include cast and a slow retrieve off the bottom of jigs with pearl or chartreuse twister tails tipped with a minnow. Catfishing has been picking up in the evenings and early mornings, try night crawlers or chicken livers. Anglers fishing for catfish have also reeled in the occasional hybrid striped bass. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair, try casting spinner baits, crankbaits, tube baits or top water "walk-the-dog" style baits off of stony points.

Ohio River (Jefferson County) - There are several anglers catching smallmouth below the New Cumberland lock. The numbers being caught are in the double digits and the sizes range from 12-inch fish up to 18 inches. Anglers are using jigheads with twister tails or grubs. White and chartreuse colors were the hot picks this past weekend. This tackle is ideal because it is effective and not expensive. Tackle loss at this location can be high.

Riverbend to downtown area (Hamilton County) - Water levels are still high but anglers report channel cats off gravel humps in about 20 feet of water near channel drop-offs. Fish depths from 15 to 30 feet and try cut skipjack and shad.

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 5 fish per angler through August 31. 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.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has been best around the islands, with the cleaner water north of Kelleys Island and east of Kelleys Island producing the best results. Fish have been caught by trolling mostly with crankbaits, but also with worm harnesses or spoons fished behind inline weights or divers. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow 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.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught in the evenings in 15-25' around the Cleveland breakwalls. Anglers are using stick baits such as rapalas, husky jerks, and bombers.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair to average 36-40' NW of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 25-28' NW of Wildwood State Park, 44-52' NW of Fairport Harbor and 42' NE of Geneva. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off East 55 St Pier in Cleveland and Headlands Beach Pier out at the lighthouse.

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

Fact Box

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - By the sounds of the chatter, the walleye bite is pretty good right now. Most of the reports of the walleye being caught are coming from anglers that are bass fishing.

 
 

 

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