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Fish Ohio Report, Aug. 17, 2011

August 18, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors

Kokosing River (Knox County) - Part of Ohio's first water trail, this stream provides a good day on the water catching smallmouth bass and rock bass.  Smallmouth bass are active around cover in pools and runs.  Use small tubes or crankbaits in crayfish or shiner patterns around woody cover and boulders.  Rock bass can be caught in the same areas with the same baits as smallmouth bass.  Channel catfish can be caught in deep pools using shrimp, night crawlers and prepared baits.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield and Perry Counties) - Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster.  Use cut shad, shrimp or night crawlers fished in east or south ends for best results.  Bluegills are providing some actions around cover in the east end.  Use wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber.  Largemouth bass are also being caught here on spinnerbaits.  Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer to keep.  Crappie fishing will improve as water temperatures cool.  There is a 10 horsepower limit on the lake.


Upper Sandusky #2 - Largemouth bass are being caught in the mornings using night crawlers fished under slip bobbers.  Casting has also been an effective method.  The best location is in the shallow shoreline areas, particularly near the beach or standing timber.  Bluegills are being caught in 10-12 feet using wax worms or small jigs in the early afternoon.  Anglers are also catching channel catfish at night near the beach using shrimp as bait.

Killdeer pond #33 - Fishing for largemouth bass in the evenings using worms or top-water baits has been productive.  The best locations are the south and west shorelines.  Sunfish are being caught just off the bottom using wax worms or small jigs.  Try fishing in early afternoon in the western portion of the reservoir for best results.

Killdeer reservoir - Anglers have been catching channel catfish at night using cut baits fished near the bottom.  The south shoreline has been the most productive spot.  Smallmouth bass are being caught near the west shoreline in 8 to 12-feet of water using leeches, softcraws, or soft baits. Try fishing in the evening along the west shoreline.


Atwood Lake (Carroll & Tuscarawas counties) - White bass have been active and are easy to catch.  Watching for surface disturbances or circling birds can reveal the location of feeding schools of these fish, which may then be caught on a variety of small, minnow-imitating baits such as silver shad raps or spoons.  Division of Wildlife sampling in the last few years found excellent numbers of white bass from 10 to 14-inches.  Numerous channel catfish are also present in Atwood Lake, with most fish over 16-inches in length, and many exceeding two feet long.  Catfish are also biting well, and can be caught off the bottom near structure such as points, humps, and creek channels on a variety of natural baits.  Night crawlers, cut fish, chicken liver, and shrimp can all prove effective.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - The largemouth bass bite has been good during low light periods.  Spinner baits fished around fallen trees have been productive, as have Texas-rigged plastic worms fished around riprap.  Try bright flashy spinner bait patterns like chartreuse or white to mimic baitfish, or dark plastic worms.

West Branch Lake (Portage County) - West Branch Lake offers a variety of quality angling opportunities.  Muskellunge have been biting periodically.  These large fish are suspended over deep water, and may be caught trolling large (six to 10-inches) medium running crankbaits in baitfish patterns.  Walleye have been biting well in deeper water as well.  Jigging with curly tailed grubs or trolling worm harnesses in orange or chartreuse near structure in the 15 to 20-foot depth range has been productive.  Numbers of walleye are fair, but most walleye caught will be over 15-inches, with a good proportion over 20-inches.  Largemouth bass are being caught in weedbeds from five to 10 feet deep.  Texas rigged 6 to 8-inch plastic worms in dark colors, and white or green pumpkin colored soft plastic jerkbaits have begun to produce fish.


Seneca Lake (Noble County) - Fishing for catfish at this lake is best along the south end of the lake near State Route 147.  Cast along the shoreline with chicken liver, night crawlers, or shrimp to catch catfish in the one to three pound range.  Boat fishermen should fish in the channel areas of either Wills Creek or Beaver Creek.

Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) - Channel catfish are being caught during the nighttime hours. The best locations have been in the upper end of the lake. Anglers have been using night crawlers and chicken liver fished on the bottom.

Jackson Lake (Jackson County) - Fish for bluegill and other sunfish any where along the shoreline access areas with wax worms suspended under a bobber.  Late evening and early morning fishing is most successful for catfish anglers with the typical cut baits, night crawlers or chicken livers fished tight line.  Fish caught range from 12 to 16 inches.


Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill are being caught by anglers using night crawlers or wax worms as bait.  There are good fishing opportunities along woody debris shorelines and pier areas.  Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp and night crawlers as bait.  Cast from the pier area.  Keep the bait off of the bottom and about three to six feet deep.  Anglers should keep in mind that there is plenty of forage for fish at this time of the year and can result in lower success while angling.  Be patient. 

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Bluegill are being taken at four to eight feet using redworms and wax worms.  Look for shoreline areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be most productive.  A variety of catfish are being caught by anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, stink bait, cut bait, and chicken livers.  Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in five to 10-foot depths.  As water temperatures cool down, try fishing for saugeye by trolling crankbaits, casting jigs, or drifting with a night crawler harness.


Serpintine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) - Anglers are having success catching blue cats in the morning hours. Try using chicken breast. 

Gallia County - Channel and flathead catfish anglers have been fishing cut bait and chicken livers along the shallow edges of deeper holes along the river.  Hybrid striped bass are still hitting on minnows and minnow-type lures at the R.C. Byrd dam.

Scioto County - Anglers have been having success at Greenup Dam fishing for hybrid striped bass and white bass.  Hybrid striped bass have been hitting on cut baits and live baits fished off the bottoms.  Early mornings have been producing the most catches.  White bass have been reeled in using top-water lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners, and 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 5 fish and a minimum size limit of 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week.  Most reports came from the reef complex, from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, NW of Gull Island Shoal, and N of Kelleys 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 continues to be good in the western basin.  The best areas have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, "D" can of the Camp Perry firing range, SE of Kelleys Island, and SW of Kelleys Island.  Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass fishermen continue to have good catches of largemouth bass around 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: Very good fishing has been reported 72-74' NW of Ashtabula and 72-74' N-NW of Conneaut.  Anglers are using wireline, jet divers and dipsy divers with red, gold, silver, black, pink, green and purple spoons and stick baits.  

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek.  Good fishing has been reported 42-52' of N-NW of Edgewater Park, 38-52' N-NW of Gordon Park, 52-54' N-NW of Fairport, 45' NW of Geneva and 40-60' NE of Conneaut.  Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish.  Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available.  Shore fishing off the Mentor Headlands breakwall and Fairport Pier has been spotty.  Mornings and evenings 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 crayfish and leeches, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Steelhead trout fishing has been fair while trolling for walleye at the same locations listed above for walleye off Ashtabula and Conneaut.

Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall.  Anglers are using agitators with white jigs and twister tails.  Mornings and evenings are the best times.  For boat anglers, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface.  The white bass will be below the shiners.

Channel Catfish: Anglers are catching fish off the Mentor Headlands breakwall at night using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 73 degrees off of Toledo and 76 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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

Fact Box

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - The largemouth bass bite has been good during low light periods.  Spinner baits fished around fallen trees have been productive, as have Texas-rigged plastic worms fished around riprap.



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