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Fish Ohio Report, Aug. 24, 2011

August 24, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - Smallmouth bass are being caught in this lake north of Columbus. Using crankbaits and spinner baits, target the main and secondary lake points where rip rap or hard bottom is present. Saugeye can be caught in the same areas. Also try trolling in front of the beach at dawn and dusk. Crappies are being found around wood in 10 to 15 feet of water and at the mouth of some coves; use jigs or minnows. Crappies will move into shallower water as temperatures decrease this fall. Muskie can provide good action this time of year. Troll crankbaits along points and the dam.

Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) - Fish will become more active as water temperatures decrease in the next few weeks. For crappie, target woody cover in the old creek channel. Start deep and move to shallower water as water temperatures cool; try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinner baits, crankbaits and plastics. Fish shoreline cover, secondary points and riprap. Bluegills can be caught on wax worms and night crawlers.


Willard Reservoir (Huron County) - Yellow perch and bluegill sunfish are being caught during the day in 20 feet of water. Anglers are having the most success still fishing using worms as bait. The best area is around the dock and boat ramp.

Maumee River (Defiance County) - Anglers are catching channel catfish during the day on slip bobbers with red worms and night crawlers. The best location is at the base of the Independence Dam in the deeper holes.

Van Wert Reservoir #2 (Defiance County) - Channel catfish are being caught in the evenings along the south bank. Anglers should try using slip bobbers baited with night crawlers.


Akron Youth Fishing Area (Summit County) - There are only two weekends left for youngsters to enjoy fishing this very accessible, family-friendly area which is open to the public at Wildlife District Three in Akron. Plenty of sunfish, catfish, and crappie are still lurking in the waters waiting to be caught by kids 15 years and younger. The area is open 9am to 7pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. Kids can fish as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Bait, rods, and tackle are provided and a Division of Wildlife employee is available for questions and to assist youngsters with fishing. Restrooms are available as well. Don't let this opportunity be the one that got away! Visit the area at 912 Portage Lakes Drive, just off of SR 93/Manchester Road.

Leesville Lake (Carroll County) - Many of you probably have thoughts of trading in the fishing rod for the shotgun as September 1st rolls around the corner. Why not just keep both handy? Some of Ohio's best fishing takes place once squirrel season opens, so head to Leesville Lake, well known for the size and numbers of muskie it produces as well as populous gray squirrels. Anglers' bass fishing have reported an increase in muskie activity in the shallows. Casting large bucktails or jerkbaits are your best bets. For more information on muskie fishing visit


Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) - Largemouth bass fishing has been slow while the temperatures stay high. However, the use of top water baits near weed-lines can still produce bass in the two- to three-pound range. Try using plastic worms in dark colors, including purple, motor oil, and black late in the evening, throughout the night, and in the early morning hours of daybreak. Bluegill can be caught using night crawlers fished below a bobber. Cat fishing opportunities can be excellent in this reservoir and feeder tributary streams during a water rise after a rainfall. Chicken livers and night crawlers are the preferred bait, fished tight-line on the bottom near creek channels.

Muskingum River (Coshocton, Morgan, and Washington counties) - Catfish anglers are still active and are successful with some quality catches of fish. Flathead catfish are being pulled in using live suckers, goldfish, and sunfish. Channel catfish anglers have been most successful using night crawlers, chicken livers, and cut bait from the river.

Hocking River (Athens County) - Crappie fishing has picked up over the last week, with anglers having success using white and blue jigs and twister tails. Channel catfish can also be caught throughout the river. A variety of baits will work to catch catfish, including minnows, cut shad, and chicken livers.


Acton Lake (Preble County) - Good numbers of 1-3 pound channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp as bait. The shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been best.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Located east off of 275 to 32 east to Half Acre Road exit. A few hybrid striped bass are being caught by anglers trolling or jigging shad colored crankbaits or spoons in five to seven foot depths. Also, try slowly trolling with live gizzard shad. Watch for hybrids breaking the water's surface as they chase schools of gizzard shad to feed. Shore anglers have been successful using night crawlers and chicken livers. Best area to fish is around the main state park public swimming beach. Anglers are catching fair numbers of sub-legal fish with some fish caught up to 19 to 22 inches in length. REMEMBER all hybrids less than 15 inches long must be immediately released back into the lake. Also, anglers can only keep a daily limit of four hybrids. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using crawdads, live minnows, or earthworms as bait. Cast into the areas under undercut banks or near submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait off of the bottom and about five to eight feet deep.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties) - Channel catfish are popular at Ohio's largest inland lake. Try fishing on the bottom with nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, or cut baits. Prime areas include the Windy Point fishing pier, and the stone piers along the east bank. Increase your chances of catching a large flathead catfish by using large chub minnows or live sunfish for bait.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) - Channel catfish are being caught below the dam in the tail waters. Successful anglers are using night crawlers, chicken livers, and cut baits fished on the bottom. For saugeyes in the lake, try casting or trolling silver-colored crankbaits on flats near the beach and Plum Run islands area.


New Richmond to Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Catfishing is still heating up along the Ohio River. Water levels are still slightly low in some areas but anglers are reporting good catches on raw or seasoned chicken breast. Stripers are being caught along the mouths of creeks flowing into the river. Watch for skipjack action in there areas, stripers will be foraging for them.

Washington County - Fishing has been slow in the Ohio River other than catfish angling. Channel catfish are being caught on cut bait, stink baits, and chicken livers, as well as night crawlers fished tight-line on the bottom. The premier catches are using goldfish for the flatheads. Catfish success can be quite variable, but results are primarily at dusk, through the night and in the early morning hours before daybreak.

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 slowed in the past week. Some 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, south of "H" can of the Camp Perry firing range, N of North Bass Island, N of Lucy's Point, and around Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Good catches of largemouth bass are still available 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' N-NE of Ashtabula and 72-74' NW of Conneaut. Anglers are using wireline, jet divers and dipsy divers with red, gold, silver, black, copper and purple spoons and stick baits. Fair fishing has been reported around the Sandbar near Vermilion and Lorain. Spoons and harnesses produce best.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek. Good fishing has been reported 36-48' of N-NE of Edgewater Park, 44-46' N of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing has been reported 48-52' NW of Fairport (the hump) and 62-65' 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 Fish are also being caught along the Grand River at St Clair St bridge.

The water temperature is 73 degrees off of Toledo and 75 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

Akron Youth Fishing Area (Summit County) - There are only two weekends left for youngsters to enjoy fishing this very accessible, family-friendly area which is open to the public at Wildlife District Three in Akron. Plenty of sunfish, catfish, and crappie.



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