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Fish Ohio Report - June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - This 3,192-acre lake north of Columbus can provide fishing action all summer long. As water temperatures have increased, fish have moved to deeper water. Largemouth bass are being caught off of main and secondary points with crankbaits and spinner baits. Trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits close to the bottom along points can produce saugeye, especially at dawn and dusk. Muskellunge can provide good action this time of year; troll crankbaits along the points and dam.

Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) - Crappie fishing is slowing down as fish move to deeper water. Saugeye are becoming more active as the summer pattern starts to set up. Trolling worm harnesses and crankbaits along the east shore can be productive. Bluegills are active now in shallower areas, flats and the back of coves. Try wax worms or night crawlers suspended by a bobber. Channel catfish are becoming active again. Fish the north basin using shrimp, night crawlers or chicken livers. There is a 10 horsepower limit at this reservoir.


Willard Reservoir (Huron County) - Perch are being taken during the daytime by still fishing worms. The worms need to be at a depth of about 15 feet. Some great catches have occurred off the dock by the boat ramp.

Bellevue #4 (Huron County) - Largemouth bass have been caught during the mornings and evenings by casting crankbaits or plastic worms. The north and south shore are working the best.

New London Reservoir (Huron County) - Catfish are being taken on the bottom during the evening by still fishing worms. West side is the best.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir (Huron County) - Largemouth bass are being taken in the evenings by fishing night crawlers under a slip bobber or casting dark colored spinner baits. Try the south shoreline for best results. Bluegills are also being taken here. Early afternoon is the best. Fish wax worms under a slip bobber or cast small jigs. Fish the standing timber and brush.


Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) - This 1,529 acre Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lake has been producing and should continue to produce nice catches of saugeye. The daily bag limit is six saugeye with a 15-inch minimum length limit. A good morning or evening of casting jigs tipped with pieces of night crawlers has resulted in reports of many limits going home on ice.

Turkeyfoot Lake (Summit County) - Changing weather conditions are periodically turning on largemouth bass fishing. Look for oncoming fronts to spur fish activity. Anglers have been taking good numbers of bass off deep weed edges. Jigs and soft plastics in green, brown, and black have been producing, as have crankbaits and rattle baits, and don't forget top-waters during low light. Weedbeds near shore have also been producing decent catches of bluegills and sunfish. Small live bait offerings like red worms or wax worms fished about two feet below a bobber have been productive.


Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) - Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass in the river from Enterprise to Nelsonville and also at White's Mill in Athens County. Most anglers have been fishing from canoes or shoreline and casting minnows or artificial baits including spinner baits or jigs. Cast into current or areas with submerged structure. Channel catfish have also been biting at White's Mill on cut baits, bluegill and minnows.

Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) - White crappie are biting now and are being caught throughout the lake. Using night crawlers has been very successful for most anglers, but minnows fished under a bobber are another popular technique. Try the area around the handicapped accessible ramp. Bluegill continue to be caught on jigs and wax worms fished a few feet deep along submerged fence rows and trees. For dusk to dawn fishing opportunities, fish for channel cats using chicken livers, night crawlers or other cut bait in shallow areas.


Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye on the Butler County side of lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait between 10 and 12 feet deep for the best results. Crappies are hitting on minnows fished six to eight feet under bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

Whitewater River and Lake (Hamilton County) - Anglers are catching bass and bluegills in the lake. For bass try jigging, crankbaits, and soft plastics. The bluegills are easy to catch there provided you rent a boat. Fish along the woods with wax worms, and a bobber. You can also try smaller inline spinner baits. Catfish in the 10 lb.range are also being reported. Use goldfish, shiners, and suckers. These can be purchased at the marina. In spring and early summer try the pool where the river meets US 50. Anglers have caught saugers, whitebass, channel catfish, smallmouth, and largemouth bass. They report good success when the water is a little higher than the normal and clear. Summer fishing is also good here if you fish early in the morning or at dusk. Try a jighead with a plain white grub. Spoons and rattle-traps are also recommended.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Good catches of saugeye are coming from six to 15 foot depths near the island area at the east end of the lake. Cast jigs with plastic curly tails or jigs tipped with a night crawler. Troll shad pattern crankbaits over underwater humps or along shoreline points. Bluegills are being taken from two to four feet deep using red worms, wax worms, or small jigs. Anglers are catching crappie by live minnows or wax worms as bait. Fishing is good throughout the lake but look for areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be more productive. Fish the bait using a slip bobber keeping it greater than eight feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by shore anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, and chicken liver. Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in three to six foot depths.


Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Anglers are reporting steady fishing, with catches of gar, catfish, and a few white bass. Try fishing up close to the dam. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for catfish. Try chicken liver or cut shad.

Racine Dam (Meigs County) - Just below the Racine tail waters anglers have been out in the early mornings casting shad, minnows, wiggle-warts and rooster-tails to reel in white bass and hybrid striped bass. Early morning fishing can also be productive for channel cats and flatheads using night crawlers or cut bait.

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 slowed over the past week (as of 6/28). The best reports came from West Sister Island, Niagara Reef, and the area around Lucy's Point of Middle Bass Island. Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on inline weights with worm harnesses. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing is improving. The best areas have been around Ballast Island, Lakeside, and the SE corner of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

There have been good catches of largemouth bass reported from the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good near the weather buoy at the N end of the Sandbar, 60-62' N of Rocky River, 55-72' N of Chagrin River, 65-70' NE and NW of Fairport Harbor, 65-70' NW of Ashtabula. Anglers are using jet divers, and dipsy divers with pink, blue, and silver spoons. Anglers are also using worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been good off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek, 23-45' NW of Gordon Park, 35-45' NE of Wildwood Park, 42-52' NW of Fairport, 28-55' NE of Ashtabula and 38-41' 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.

Anglers are catching catfish and white perch in the Grand River.

Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

According to the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 63 degrees off of Cleveland.

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

Fact Box

Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) - This 1,529 acre Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lake has been producing and should continue to produce nice catches of saugeye. The daily bag limit is six saugeye with a 15-inch minimum length limit.



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