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Fish Ohio Report, June 15, 2011

June 16, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR

CENTRAL OHIO

Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) - This 1,287-acre lake southwest of Columbus provides good largemouth bass and crappie fishing. Fish shoreline cover and riprap for largemouth bass; throwing creature baits, tubes and crankbaits is popular. When crappie fishing use a minnow suspended under a bobber for best results. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. When fishing for catfish using cut shad, shrimp or catfish baits can be productive.

Kokosing River (Knox County) - Ohio's first water trail, this scenic river in Knox County offers paddlers and anglers access to 28 miles of river fishing. Smallmouth bass and rock bass can be caught on small crankbaits, tubes and jigs. Sunfish, crappies, and catfish are present and offer good fishing.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Delta Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) - Catfish are being caught during the daytime by fishing liver on the bottom.

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - Fishing in the Sandusky for catfish has been excellent...especially at the Ballville Dam area. Water levels have risen slightly over the past few days which should have resulted in more catfish running up to the dam. Night crawlers or shrimp under a bobber is working the best. You can also tight line in some of the areas where the water is not running too fast.

Muddy Creek (Sandusky County) - Nice catches of catfish on Muddy Creek as well. Night crawlers or shrimp fished on the bottom is the best bet.

Killdeer Pond #33 (Wyandot County) - Largemouth bass are being taken in the evenings by still fishing worms or casting spinner baits. South and West shorelines are producing the best catches. Sunfish are also being taken in good numbers. Fishing wax worms just of the bottom or casting small jigs in the early afternoon is working well. Try the west shoreline.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Berlin Lake (Mahoning, Stark, and Portage counties) - All "eyes" on Berlin! The walleye bite at Berlin this past weekend provided a whole lot of rod bending action. About every one in five walleye caught were keepers with the majority being released just shy of the 15 inch limit mark. Worm harnesses and jigs with pieces of crawlers, both trolled or drift-fished, were keys to success. With a decent weather forecast for this week, "eyes" should be kept on Berlin.

Region Wide - Sunfish in the shallows and some major insect larvae hatches make this time of the year a great opportunity to bust out the lighter fly rods. There is wide range of flies that will be successful this time of year due to the aggressive behavior of the sunfish. One of the more exciting presentations is watching a glass surface break when a sunfish smacks a small popper. Look for nice shallow flats with woody debris and snags along side dropoffs to deeper water.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Woodbury Wildlife Area Ponds (Coshocton County) - Both sunfish and bass have been biting - try using minnow type lures in four feet of water. Fish are moving into the shallow edges in the late evening and early morning hours.

Lake Rupert [Wellston Reservoir] (Vinton County) - Nice catches of bluegill have been reported over the past week. Wax worms have been the most successful, but minnows have been getting hits as well. Fishing for channel cats should start picking up, and night fishing can be a fun alternative to the bright and hot sun of daytime fishing. Try chicken livers or night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) - Largemouth bass were biting over the weekend in this 1,376 acre lake. Spinner baits fished in three- to six-feet of water were the most successful, with plenty of 12-13-inch fish reeled in.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Walleye fishing is excellent. 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 catching some nice walleye. Recent reports indicate that anglers trolling deep diving crank baits are beginning to catch some larger fish. 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 red worms fished under a bobber. A few crappie are still being caught on minnow and wax worms around the marina.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties) - Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using minnows when fishing in shallow water. In deeper water channel catfish are being caught on shrimp or night crawlers fished off of the bottom or tight line along the bottom. Casting from the lake into the rocky areas is very productive for catfish. A particularly good spot is Windy Point along the West Bank. Cast into the rocky riprap areas or the mouths of the creeks entering the lake. Bluegills are being a caught by anglers using wax worms on ice jigs as bait. Keep the bait under a bobber and about six the eight inches deep. Fish the bait along the shore, near any type of structure including the rocky areas and seawalls, and into the channels. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using black, black-purple, or pumpkinseed colored jigs. Keep the bait about a foot deep and close to the shoreline in water about two to three feet deep.

OHIO RIVER

Monroe County - Flatheads and freshwater drum are being caught after dark on cut bait, minnows, and chicken livers. Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and chicken livers. Overall, fishing conditions are good in the Willow Island pool of the Ohio River. A few smallmouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, especially near the tailwater.

Gallia County - Good numbers of channel catfish and flatheads are being caught in deep water using fresh cut bait. Preferred baits are bluegill and large shiners and are being fished below large slip bobbers or on the bottom using ½ ounce sinkers. A few hybrid striped bass were caught at the R.C. Byrd dam abutment access using chicken livers and night crawlers. Most hybrids are running between 10 and 15 inches.

Meldahl Dam to Cincinnati (Clermont and Hamilton Counties) - Channel catfish are being taken in good numbers all along the river. Try chicken livers, shrimp, or night crawlers fished on the bottom.

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 is improving and has been best around West Sister Island, N of West Reef, between North Bass Island and Kelleys Island, and E of Kelleys Island. 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 has been very good NW of Lorain in 46' of water, 50-62' N of Edgewater Park, 52-60' NW of Gordon Park, 50' NW of Fairport Harbor, 60' NW of Geneva and 30' NW of Conneaut. Anglers are using inline weights, jet divers, and dipsy divers with orange, pink, green, and silver spoons. Anglers are also using worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 35-40' NE of Edgewater Park, 30-38' NE of Gordon Park, 42-52' NW of Fairport, 30-38' NE of Geneva and 30-36' N of Conneaut.

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

and Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best. Anglers are catching catfish and white perch in the Grand River. Look for white bass to begin heating up at Eastlake CEI breakwall.

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, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Fact Box

Western Basin
Walleye fishing is improving and has been best around West Sister Island, N of West Reef, between North Bass Island and Kelleys Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, inline weights and worm harnesses, and crankbaits.

 
 

 

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