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The Fish Ohio Report - July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


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 fished around wood 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.

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) - Saugeyes can be caught trolling worm harnesses and small crankbaits in the south end of the reservoir. Bluegills are being caught in the north end and on shallow flats of the lake using wax worms and night crawlers. Largemouth bass are being found lake-wide around shoreline cover. Also fish secondary points and riprap areas. Try crankbaits, spinner baits, and tube baits in morning and evening for best results. Fish for channel catfish in the late evening and night for best results, try cut bait, prepared catfish baits or chicken liver.


Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – The water level is low and cloudy. Catfish are being caught anytime by fishing worms or crayfish under a bobber. The fishing under the Ballville Dam is great right now.

Raccoon Creek Reservoir (Sandusky County) – The water level is high and the clarity is clear. Crappie are being taken in good numbers by fishing minnows under a bobber or by casting small jigs just before dark. Anywhere along the shoreline is producing great catches.

Bressler Reservoir (Allen County) – The water temperature is 81 degrees. Channel catfish are biting on shrimp during the daytime. The best place to fish for these cats seems to be around the boat ramp.

Fostoria Reservoir #1 (Seneca County) – The water temperature is 82 degrees. Largemouth bass are being taken by casting light green jigs during the daytime. They are being caught anywhere in the reservoir.

Fostoria Reservoir #2 (Seneca County) – The water temperature is 82 degrees. Bluegills and channel catfish are being taken on night crawlers during the daytime.


Rocky River (Cuyahoga County) – The Rocky River, well known for its steelhead fishing, is producing quality smallmouth fishing right now. The Cleveland Metroparks owns 26 miles of river providing excellent fishing access. Soft plastics and crankbaits mimicking crayfish have been the go-to bait.

Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit counties) – With 84.9 miles of river and several public fishing access points along the way, the Cuyahoga River provides some great mid-summer fishing action. The Cuyahoga has a variety of different fish species and not knowing what might be at the other end adds an extra thrill to the fishing experience. The hot bite right now is from the toothy northern pike. Your best bet is casting spinner baits, crankbaits, or working top-water baits. Don’t be surprised if you land some nice smallmouths while working those same baits.


CJ Brown (Clark County) – Walleye anglers reporting success trolling deep diving lures. Try keeping lures between 9-14 feet.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Anglers are reporting success with crappie. Try chartreuse jigs near shore at about 3-10 feet.


Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) –Saugeye angling success has improved this week with catches up to 22 inches. Most saugeye are being caught on twister jigs tipped with a night crawler and fished on a slow retrieve along the bottom. Try targeting areas around the upper island and in Cadillac Bay. Channel catfish anglers are having good success fishing from the shore at access points along State Route 313. Most catfish anglers are using night crawlers and chicken livers for bait.

Ross Lake (Ross County) – Bass fishermen are successfully using a variety of spinner baits and plastic baits. Bluegills are being caught on night crawlers and red worms fished under a bobber. Fishing for channel catfish has picked up; try using chicken liver or night crawlers. Nighttime fishing for catfish is popular at this lake and is a great opportunity to take advantage of cooler temperatures.

Turkey Creek Lake (Scioto County) - Channel catfish are being caught from the dam at this small lake in Shawnee State Park. Most fish are in the 20 to 24 inch range and are being caught on the bottom using chicken livers.

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – The water temperature was 84°F over the holiday weekend, and anglers are pulling in the largemouth bass. The majority of fish were in the 12-14” range and were caught on spinner baits fished along the bank near the dam. Don’t forget about the bluegill and crappie that can be found in this lake as well. Try using live bait, like night crawlers or minnows, and targeting areas around structure.


** 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 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 14”.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing remained slow over the past week (as of 7/5). The best reports came from West Sister Island, Niagara Reef, and W of Gull Island Shoal. 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 was good over the past week. The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island, Starve Island, Ballast Island, Lakeside, and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass: There have been good catches of largemouth bass reported from the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead. Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good near the weather buoy at the N end of the Sandbar, 72-75’ N of Cleveland, 71-72’ NW of Fairport Harbor, 62-70’ NE of Geneva and 67-72’ NW of Ashtabula. Anglers are using jet divers, and dipsy divers with purple, 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, 41-43’ N of Cleveland, 51-54’ NW of Fairport, 60’ N 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 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.

Steelhead Trout is beginning to pick up while trolling for walleye off Cleveland. Try fishing down 62-72’.

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

White Bass 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 73 degrees off of Toledo and 68 degrees off of Cleveland.

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

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Lawrence County - Channel cats and drum are being taken on chicken liver and night crawlers fished on the bottom. Flatheads are being taken using cut bait (shad, skipjack, and small bluegills). A few hybrid stripers are being taken on cut bait fished on the bottom tight-line style.

Fact Box

Lake Erie
Central Basin
Walleye fishing has been good near the weather buoy at the N end of the Sandbar, 72-75’ N of Cleveland, 71-72’ NW of Fairport Harbor, 62-70’ NE of Geneva and 67-72’ NW of Ashtabula.



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