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Fish Ohio Report, June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – This 361-acre lake in Columbus offers shore-fishing access on the east side of the lake.  Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting right now.  Try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along riprap and cover for the best results.  Crappies are still being found in shallow water around woody cover.  Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber fished right in the cover.  Carp are large and plentiful in this local lake.  Use prepared baits and doughballs. 

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield and Perry counties) – Largemouth bass can be caught using plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits around shoreline cover and standing trees.  Remember there is a 15-inch minimum length limit for keeper largemouth.  Crappies are beginning to move to deeper woody cover in four to 10 feet of water.  Minnows and a slip bobber work best.  Numerous carp can be caught on doughballs.  This lake has a good channel catfish population; fish with cut gizzard shad and chicken liver.  There is 10 horsepower limit at Rush Creek Lake. 


Van Wert Reservoir #2 (Van Wert County) – The water temperature is 65 degrees and the water level is high.  Bluegills are being caught in the evenings by fishing wax worms under a slip bobber.  The south bank seems to be the best.

Findlay Reservoir #1 (Hancock County) – The water temperature is 70 degrees.  Smallmouth bass are biting on leaches fished under a bobber.  Fishing the dock area seems to be working the best.

Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) – The water temperature is 70 degrees.  White bass and walleye are biting on light colored jigs in the evening.  The best spot seems to be the northeast corner.

Killdeer Pond # 33 (Wyandot County) – The water temperature is 70 degrees and the water is muddy.  The water levels are normal.  Largemouth bass are being taken during the evenings by casting spinner baits or fishing worms under a slip bobber.  The south and west shorelines are producing the best catches in the shallow areas. 


Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Walleye continue to bite well at Ohio’s largest inland lake.  Good numbers of 17-26 inch fish are being caught in the southern end of the lake.  Anglers are catching them between 10 and 16 feet deep, casting or trolling minnows or night crawlers.  Crappie have moved to deeper water but continue to bite well, and channel catfish are appearing in angler’s creel’s as well.  Try a minnow 6’ bellow a bobber for crappie.  Finally, bass fishing has also heated up.  Try topwater during low light, or comb the weed flats with spinnerbaits or soft plastics.

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – Bluegill have moved on to their beds, and can be readily caught in about 3 feet of water, using small jigs or live bait. To locate these fish, look for groups of dinner-plate sized indentations.  Bass are moving into their summer patterns, with larger fish moving toward offshore structure, or into thicker cover.  Large common carp have been shallow and present opportunities for anglers and bow-fishermen alike.  Bowfishers should note that they may not target similar looking grass carp when shooting common carp. 


Adams Lake (Adams County)- Anglers are having good success fishing from the shore line.  They are taking decent size bluegills and crappie on nightcrawlers and wax worms.  Great for fishing with youth.  Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank.  Fish are hitting at about 18 inches. 

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Saugeye action is heating up, with anglers taking better numbers of 13 to 20-inch fish.  Try casting a jig tipped with a piece of night crawler, and hop it along the bottom in five to 12 feet of water near the beach.  If you prefer trolling, saugeyes can be taken on shad pattern medium or deep diving crank baits.  Lots of seven to eight inch crappies are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fishing near submerged trees six to15 feet deep.  Bluegills can be caught on red worms or wax worms near boat docks or the edges of lily pads.

Lake Loramie (Shelby County) – Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom.  Lots of six to seven inch bluegills have been caught recently around boat docks, rip rap shorelines, and along the edges of lily pads.  Try using small jigs tipped with wax worms fished just one to two feet under a small bobber. 


Fox Lake (Athens County) – Nice catches of catfish are being caught in the upper, shallow end of the lake and any of the water inlet areas.  Try fishing shrimp off the bottom.  Catches of sunfish have also been good - fish along the shoreline using a worm fished under a bobber.

Wills Creek Reservoir (Coshocton County) – The tail water area below Wills Creek Dam provides some of the best fishing at this water area.  Saugeye concentrate just below the dam during high volume water releases.  Try casting jigs and twister tails tipped with a minnow.  Flathead catfish anywhere from 12 to 30 pounds have been reeled in below the dam and in the tail waters in the late afternoon and evening hours.  Successful catfish anglers have been using night crawlers and chicken livers. 

AEP ReCreation Area (Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble Counties) - Bluegill are found in nearly every impoundment at the ReCreation lands.  Night crawlers or wax worms fished under a bobber over submerged structure is the most successful bait presentation.  Fishing for largemouth bass has been good in several of the impoundments using top-water lures.  Campground Area C is a good area to fish for channel catfish.  Users of AEP ReCreation Lands must first obtain a free AEP permit before using the area, available at any AEP Office or by writing to American Electric Power, P.O. Box 328, McConnelsville, OH  43756 or call 1-800-WILDLIFE 


** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish.  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 5 fish per angler through August 31.  The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12”. 

** 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 NW of West Sister Island, off of Niagara Reef, N of West Reef, and along the Canadian border east of Gull Island Shoal.  Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, inline weights and worm harnesses, and crankbaits.  Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses. 

Yellow perch fishing has been best E of Ballast Island, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and S of Gull Island Shoal 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 good 36-40’ NW of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 25-28’ NW of Wildwood State Park, 42’ N of Geneva and 32-35’ N-NE of Ashtabula. 

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 using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Fish are being caught on soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits. 

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

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Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Channel catfish are being taken in good numbers all along the river. Try chicken livers, shrimp, or night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Scioto County – Anglers have been reeling in hybrid striped bass at the Greenup dam.  Most fishing is taking place on the riprap and also off the concrete walkway using shad, spoons, or large white jigs with twisters or chicken livers.  Most hybrid stripers have been in the three pound range, but some fish have ranged upwards of 12 pounds, with several anglers catching their limits of 15-inch fish.  While fishing for catfish, the mouth of the Scioto River has been productive.  Try using chicken livers and cut bait.

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Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Walleye continue to bite well at Ohio’s largest inland lake.  Good numbers of 17-26 inch fish are being caught in the southern end of the lake.  Anglers are catching them between 10 and 16 feet deep, casting or trolling minnows or night crawlers.



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