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Fish Ohio Report - June 22, 2011

June 23, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR

CENTRAL OHIO

Big Darby Creek (Franklin and Madison counties) - A float trip on or wading a creek during summer is a great time to stream fish in central Ohio. Smallmouth bass can be caught in stream pools using crankbaits that simulate crawfish or on plastic tubes and creature baits. Target any cover you see. Rock bass are fun to catch and plentiful in Ohio streams. This aggressive fish is often caught while fishing for smallmouth bass. Others species to catch include crappie, carp, saugeye and catfish.

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - Largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish are all active now in this western Champaign County lake. Largemouth bass up to five pounds can be caught around aquatic vegetation and wood using plastics and crankbaits. Crappies are moving toward deeper water, fish minnows or jigs around woody cover. Sunfish are found throughout the lake. Try night crawlers, wax worms or crickets under a bobber for relaxing summer fishing. Fly fishing around the lily pads for bluegill can be fun and rewarding. No motors allowed.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Beaver Creek Reservoir (Seneca County) - Crappies are being taken during the daylight hours. Casting small chartreuse jigs or fishing minnows under a slip bobber is working great. Bluegills are also being taken during the daylight hours by fishing wax worms under a slip bobber or using power baits.

Sandusky River (Seneca County) - Catfish are being taken all the time by still fishing wax worms, shrimp, or dough balls.

Nettle Lake (Williams County) - The water temperature is 70 degrees, is clear, and at normal levels. Crappies are being taken in the mornings by fishing minnows under a slip bobber. Casting small black and white spinner jigs are working great as well. The best spot is in the old channel by Stoneys.

Lake Barton (Williams County) - The water temperature is 68 degrees, the water clarity is cloudy, and the water level is normal. Largemouth bass are being taken in the evenings by casting top water buzz baits or spinner baits. A 30 inch pike was taken last week by using a spinner bait along the west edge.

Mckarns Lake (Williams County) - The water temperature is 68 degrees, the water clear, and the water level is normal. Bluegills are being caught at any time by casting worms, wax worms, or wet flys. The north shore and the northwest corner is the best spot.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - Bass fishing has been hot, with anglers taking both largemouth and smallmouth. Many larger fish have moved offshore, and are being caught in eight to 12-feet of water on bass jigs, crankbaits, and spinner baits. Look for structure like points and drop-offs to locate these fish. Some bass remain on shoreline habitat as well, and can be caught on shallower running baits and weedless soft plastics. Channel catfish are also biting well near riprap. Slip sinker rigs with a variety of baits, including cut fish, night crawlers, and stink baits have been producing good numbers of eaters.

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) - The big ones have been active in this U.S. Army Corps reservoir. Muskellunge have been hitting around the campground shoreline. Large crankbaits or bucktails cast or trolled near weedlines are a preferred presentation for these trophy sportfish. Large flatheads have also been caught recently. Anglers fishing large live bait rigs near the eastern-most boat launch, or around the western end of the lake have a shot at these monster catfish, which can range over 50 pounds.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Piedmont Lake (Belmont Co.) - Black crappie are being caught on submerged woody debris along steep drop-offs in eight to 10 feet of water. Most fish are being caught on minnows fished below a slip bobber. Largemouth bass are being caught on soft baits fished off the bottom throughout the lake. Muskie fishing has been good near Sixmile Bay, try targeting the area next to the lilypads.

Lake Alma (Vinton County) - Anglers are reeling in good catches of bluegill using live bait, including wax worms and night crawlers. Largemouth bass have been caught using artificial baits including jigs with twister tails and rattletraps. Try fishing the back side of this 74-acre lake and under the bridge. Electric motors only.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) - Crappies are being caught by anglers using curly tails, small spinner baits, or live minnows. White or chartreuse are good color choices for artificial lures. Cast into areas with submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait under a slip bobber and about five to six feet deep. Some anglers are finding success with minnows under a bobber. Bluegills and sunfish are being caught by anglers using redworms or wax worms as bait. Fish the bait under a slip bobber and keep the bait about three to four feet deep. Look for good fishing in areas with woody debris, such as fallen trees or over-hanging brush. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, crayfish, stink bait, or night crawlers as bait. Fish in the area beneath the dam. Keep bait five to six feet deep. Fish the bait along the rocky bottom areas. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using jigs with plastic bodies, spinner baits, small top water lures, or plastic worms as bait. Choose an artificial lure colored black or pumpkinseed. Cast into area with woody debris. Fish the bait slowly along the bottom in water about four to five feet deep.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Crappies are being caught by anglers using live minnows as bait. Cast into areas with submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait under a slip bobber and between 12 to 15 feet deep. Good fishing opportunities abound in the area around the island, Saddle dam, and near the beaches. Largemouth bass are being caught by using plastic chartreuse, black, or green colored worms on a Texas rig, or plastic lizards as bait. Cast into areas with submerged trees or brush. Keep the bait about four to five feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught using chicken livers, cut bait, or soft crayfish as bait. Keep the bait under a bobber and off of the bottom. Channel catfish are being caught off of Tunnel Mill. Hybrid striped bass are being caught in shallow water one to three feet deep by fishing with chicken liver or night crawlers as bait. Keep the bait just off of the bottom.

OHIO RIVER

Gallipolis Lock and Dam (Gallia County) - Access the dam and tail waters off State Route 7 at Eureka. Anglers have been reeling in the catfish. Try casting cut bait (shad and skipjack) or livers into current where there is cover.

Western Ohio River and 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. Frozen skip jack are the choice for blue cat fishing.

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. The bass season opens Saturday, June 25 with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a minimum size limit of 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing continues to be best around West Sister Island, 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 around Rattlesnake Island, E of Ballast Island, and E of the Kelleys Island airport using minnows on perch spreaders fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye has been excellent NE of Lorain in 46' of water, 40-61' NE of Edgewater Park, 40-65' NE of Gordon Park, 65-73' N-NW of Fairport Harbor, 50-62' N-NW of Geneva. Anglers are using jet divers, and dipsy divers with orange, pink, green, and silver spoons. Anglers are also using worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been very good 25-40' NW of Gordon Park, 25-36' NE of Wildwood Park, 42-52' NW of Fairport, 56' N of Ashtabula and 48-50' NE 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.

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.

Catfish and white perch anglers are catching catfish and white perch in the Grand River.

Look for white bass to begin heating up at Eastlake CEI breakwall.

According to the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 69 degrees off of Toledo and 61 degrees off of Cleveland.

Fact Box

SOUTHEAST OHIO
Piedmont Lake (Belmont Co.) - Black crappie are being caught on submerged woody debris along steep drop-offs in eight to 10 feet of water. Most fish are being caught on minnows fished below a slip bobber. Largemouth bass are being caught on soft baits fished off the bottom throughout the lake.

 
 

 

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