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Fish Ohio Report, Sept. 28, 2011

September 30, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Delaware Lake (Delaware County) - Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinner baits to catch these fish. A large population channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers.

Kokosing Lake (Knox County) - This lake of 149 acres in Knox County is limited to outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. Largemouth bass are being caught around shoreline cover and along the dam using spinner baits and tubes. Bluegills are in shallow areas; try wax worms or night crawlers under a bobber. As water temperatures decrease, crappies will move to shallower water. Use minnows or crappie jigs fished under a slip bobber around cover or the old creek channel for best results. Channel catfish can be caught on chicken livers, shrimp, or night crawlers fished on the bottom.


Archbold Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) - Catfish are being caught during the day. Still fishing using liver as bait is a good method for catching these fish. Try fishing the bottom of the reservoir for the best results. Anglers are also catching bluegill by fishing wax worms under a slip bobber in six feet of water. Fishing during the day seems to be producing the best catches of bluegill.

Delta Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) - Fishing for catfish using liver as bait has been productive at this small 52 acre reservoir. In order to catch these fish, try fishing your bait just of the bottom. Fishing during the day has been the most productive.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) - Anglers are catching largemouth bass using night crawlers and rubber worms in this 111 acre reservoir. Try fishing shallow areas, especially near the standing timber. The morning appears to be the best time of day for catching largemouth. Crappies are also being caught by anglers in the mornings. Try fishing in 6-10 feet of water around brush edges using minnows or twister tail jigs. Good numbers of 12-16 inch catfish are being caught using shrimp and night crawlers fished just off the bottom using slip bobbers. Try fishing around the beach area at night.


Lake Erie tributary streams (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, & Lorain counties) - Reports are flowing in of steelhead trout being caught in the rivers and streams in northeast Ohio. Ohio's primary steelhead streams are Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin and Grand Rivers and Conneaut Creek. Several other rivers including the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Huron and Black rivers, and Arcola, Cowles, Wheeler, French, Euclid, Turkey, Beaver and Cold creeks get runs of stray steelhead. Popular baits this time of year include casting spoons, jig and maggots, spawn sac bags, and other live bait.

Ohio-Erie Canal (Cuyahoga County) - Approximately 1,300 rainbow trout will be stocked in this waterway on Saturday, October 8th. Rainbow trout can be caught on variety of simple setups and baits. Casting jigs tipped with maggots while using a "stop and retrieve" approach produces great results. The daily limit is five fish per day. These trout are delicious to eat and just the right size. Go to for recipe ideas!


Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) - As the water temperatures start to decrease, saugeye fishing will begin to pick up in this 3,500 acre lake. Try trolling shad-colored crankbaits along six-to-eight foot contour lines throughout the lake and around Cadillac Bay. Largemourh pass can be caught on buzzbaits and spinner baits, and the occasional white or smallmouth bass may be caught as well. For shore anglers, stick to the area around the dam. Crappie fishing should also start picking up. Use a 1/16-ounce lead-head jig dressed with a small twister fished eight-to-12 feet deep around structure. Maps and locations of submerged structure in the lake can be obtained by calling the District 4 Office at 740-589-9930.

Turkey Creek Lake (Scioto County) - Sunfish in this lake tend to be above average in size, and provide a great opportunity for anglers of all skill levels. Any live larval baits can be successful; try fishing wax worms or mealworms three-to-six feet deep along weedlines or any submerged woody debris. Largemouth bass can also be found throughout the lake. Try any traditional techniques with a spinner bait, buzzbait, or crankbait. If you're feeling adventurous, try running a plastic worm "wacky style." Anglers should note that for this lake no largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass may be taken between 12 and 15 inches.


Adams Lake (Adams County) - Bluegill are being taken by anglers using any of the following worms: red, earth, wax, or meal. Fish from a boat, along the pier, or along the shoreline. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep under a bobber.

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish are biting on creek chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to 19 feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night crawlers as bait. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeye are active in this lake. Currently, saugeye are being caught by anglers using night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs as bait. Fish the bait by trolling it through in water that is eight to 10 feet deep.

East Fork (Clermont County) - Crappies are being caught by anglers using wax worms, tube jigs, or medium to large sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs as bait. Fish the bait six to eight inches deep or 16 to 20 feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing tightline at night using night crawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver as bait. Fishing is best in water between eight to 20 feet deep. Bluegill are hitting on wax worms or redworms. Keep the bait under a bobber and about two to three feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using six-inch plastic worms, spinner baits, or deep diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits colored shad.


Clermont, Brown and Adams Counties -Try fishing the embankments, near stream confluences, and near warmwater discharges. Spinner baits, jig/pork combinations, and crankbaits are good lures to try. Warmwater discharges and stream confluences as well as the dam tailwaters are good areas to fish for sauger - try using twister tail jigs and minnows. Sauger and hybrid striped bass have also been caught on big creek chubs or any deep-diving bait that resemble minnows. For hybrid striped bass and channel catfish stay in any of the tailwaters. Channel cats are being caught on cut bait, live shad, chicken livers and worms.

Meigs County - Both flathead and channel catfish continue to be caught on chicken livers fished on the bottom. Rains in the upper Ohio River watershed may trigger catfish to feed even better.

Ohio River (Columbiana and Jefferson County) - Bass anglers have been experiencing great fishing in the Pike Island and New Cumberland pools of the Ohio River. Recent tournament anglers reported catching upwards of five smallmouth bass per hour in recent outings. Fish averaged 13-inches with some larger fish mixed in. Recent Division of Wildlife electrofishing surveys reported smallmouth up to 20-inches. This time of year there are tons of small shad so stick with baits such as swim baits, rattle baits, crank baits, and spinner baits that mimic this available food source.

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 2 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 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

There have been very few walleye reports from the western basin recently. The best reports have come from Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal. Expect walleye fishing to improve as water temperatures drop and migratory walleye move back towards the west from the central basin.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair in the western basin when weather allows. The best areas have been NW of West Sister Island, E of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, off of West Reef, off of Ballast Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

The walleye have scattered offshore of Ashtabula and Conneaut and not many boats are targeting walleye. There was one report of anglers catching fish fishing 72-74' NE of Ashtabula using dipsy divers.

Yellow perch: Fair fishing has been reported 42-60' NE of Gordon Park, 42-50' NW of Chagrin River, Good fishing has been reported 51' N-NW of Fairport, 60-62' NE of Ashtabula and 59-62' NW-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. A few fish have been caught off the Mentor Headlands breakwall. Mornings and evenings have been best.

White Bass: Fishing has been slow off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. 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.

Steelhead Trout: Heavy rains on Monday has the Grand River high and muddy. Before the rain event, anglers were catch a fish in the Grand River off the Painesville Township Park, Mentor Headlands and Fairport Harbor breakwalls using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. Fish have also been caught in Euclid Creek at Wildwood State Park.

The water temperature is 63 degrees off of Toledo and 66 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.


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