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Fish Ohio Report, Sept. 8, 2011

September 9, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) - As water temperatures start to cool hybrid striped bass will become more active.  Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller's point to the north boat ramp at St. Rt. 79.  Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait on the bottom.  Crappies from nine to 12 inches are becoming active, use minnows and jigs around points especially in the east half of the lake. 

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) - This 912-acre reservoir north of Columbus is a good place to catch largemouth bass, and channel catfish.  For largemouth bass try tubes, spinner baits and crankbaits around shoreline cover, target drop offs and points.  Channel catfish can be caught on cut baits, night crawlers, and shrimp fished on the bottom.  Crappies are also being caught around woody cover using minnows and jigs.


Metzger Reservoir and Ferguson Reservoir (Allen County) - These two reservoirs are side by side on the east side of the city of Lime.  Some really nice yellow perch are being caught in both Reservoirs.  At Ferguson, try fishing the drop-off on the south bank at the bottom under slip bobbers.  At Metzger, the best location is on the edge of "the hump" while drifting, casting, or simply still fishing in 18 to 22 feet of water.  Spikes or waxworms has been the best bait for yellow perch.  Anglers using wax worms or night crawlers have been catching some nice bluegill using the same method.  In Ferguson anglers are catching crappies all over the lake using wax worms and minnows.

Oxbow Lake (Defiance County) - This lake is located on the Oxbow Lake Wildlife area northwest of the city of Defiance just off of State Route 15.  Bluegills are being caught using either redworms under a slip bobber while still-fishing in eight to 10 feet of water.


Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - Like a flick of a light switch we have gone from summer temperatures to fall temperatures. Those late night lows and cooler daytime temperatures are a perfect recipe for triggering the fall crappie bite. Individuals have found recent success fishing for crappie on Mosquito Lake. Casting jigs and minnows have proven to be the meal ticket. The best bet for catching crappie right now is to fish in deeper water, but as the temperature continues to decline the crappie will move shallower.

Portage Lakes (Summit County) - Turkeyfoot Lake, one of the many lakes that make up the Portage Lakes, has once again turned on the sunfish bite. Nice size Redear are being caught with a pinmin tipped with a wax worm under a slip bobber in six to eight feet of water. "Eater-sized" bluegills are also being caught by fly anglers using small poppers and dry flies mimicking mosquitoes in the evenings.


Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) - Catfish opportunities for both channel cats and flatheads should be plentiful right now after the recent rainfall.  Try targeting any of the tributaries that flow into the lake with chicken livers, night crawlers, or cut shad.   Largemouth bass can also be caught, but you may have to bring some patience.  They prefer top water plugs, even though they will take a plastic worm or artificial lure.  Use the "twitch and wait" method-cast the plugs, let it lie on top of the water, and occasionally twitch the bait. 

Lake Logan (Hocking County) - Largemouth bass may be caught in the early evening hours on a variety of top water plugs, flies, crayfish, or plastic worms.  Saugeye fishing should begin to pick up at this lake as water temperatures begin to drop.  The area near the beach in the early evening hours is best for saugeye.  Use lead head jigs dressed with three inch twisters tipped with a minnow for best results.

Lake White (Pike County) - This 333-acre lake is part of Lake White State Park, but most of the shoreline is privately owned.  Anglers with a boat will have better opportunities to get to the inlet area of the lake where channel catfish and flatheads can be found.  Target the area where Pee Pee Creek dumps into the lake with chicken livers, crayfish, and night crawlers.


Buck Creek State Park (Clark County) - Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, or earthworms as bait.  Fish the bait slowly along the bottom and into deep pools.  Fishing is good near the mouth of Buck Creek.  Keep the bait greater than 10 feet deep. 

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp or earthworms as bait.  Cast from the pier area.  Keep the bait off of the bottom and about three to six feet deep.


Meldahl Dam area (Clermont County) - Anglers are reporting steady fishing, with catches of gar, cat fish, a few white bass. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for cat fish.  Try chicken liver, cut shad.

Belmont County - Smallmouth bass fishing will begin to pick up as temperatures decrease and water levels increase.  Anglers casting for smallies have done well casting into areas of current, especially in rocky areas using a variety of artifical baits or minnows.  Anglers have been catching 12 to 15 inch channel catfish by tight-lining off the shore using a hook and sinker baited with cut bait or night crawlers. 

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 and then reduces to 2 fish per angler beginning September 1. 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 remained slow over the past week.  Some reports came from the reef complex, from N of 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 W of West Sister Island around the gravel pit, NE of the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, around "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, SW of South Bass Island, between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island, N of North Bass Island, and N of Lucy's Point.  Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye : Very good fishing has been reported 70-74' N-NW of Ashtabula and 70-74' NW of Conneaut.  Anglers are using wireline and dipsy divers with all colors of spoons and stick baits.  Fair fishing has been reported at the N end of the Sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain.  Spoons and harnesses produce best.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek.  Excellent fishing has been reported 45-48' of NE of Gordon Park, 45-48', NW of Wildwood Park, 38-42' NW of Fairport and 38-42' NE and NW of Ashtabula.  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. 

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, fishing has been good in the Cleveland area, 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 the St Clair St bridge.

The water temperature is 72 degrees off of Toledo and 73 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

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - Like a flick of a light switch we have gone from summer temperatures to fall temperatures. Those late night lows and cooler daytime temperatures are a perfect recipe for triggering the fall crappie bite.



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