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Fish Ohio Report, April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012
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CENTRAL OHIO

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - Crappie is an early favorite in this 3192 acre lake north of Columbus. The unseasonable warm weather has caused crappie to move close to spawning sites. Try jigging off deep points that have stumps, in front of coves, and in the northern basin of the lake around fallen trees in the creek channel. As water warms, crappie will move in to shallower water and coves. Crappie must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Channel Catfish can be caught in the north end of the lake using cut bait fished on the bottom. Hollandback and New Galena boat ramps are not available for use due to construction.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) - With warming water temperatures fish activity should increase this week. Hybrid striped bass should become active along the north shore between Seller's Point and Watkins Island in four to eight feet of water. Try using chicken livers fished on the bottom or suspended under a bobber. Crappie and channel catfish are moving into more shallow water and the channels as the water temperature increases. Use small jigs or minnows to catch crappie in channel openings and around lily pad stems. Some saugeye are being caught, use jigs tipped with a minnow or crankbaits fished near the bottom. Saugeye must be 15 inches or longer to harvest.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Cold Creek (Erie County) - Trout can usually be caught this time of year. The best times are usually early in the morning and in the evening before sunset. Minnows, worms, and spawn can all be used to entice a bite. Spinners can also be thrown.

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NORTHEAST OHIO

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - Unseasonably warm weather have the fish ramped up early this spring. In most typical years this would be the time of year to start wading and casting jigs with twister tails for walleyes, but the spawn seems to have already taken place for the walleye.

Schoonover Park (Allen County) - Bluegill, crappie, and perch are all being caught at the park. Try fishing for bluegill using wax worms and night crawlers with bobbers set to one to four feet deep. Fishermen usually have the best success this time of year near the north end of the bay. Crappie and perch anglers should focus on the north bank, near the pump house. Minnows and wax worms can be fished from slip bobbers in the eight to 15 foot range. Jigs and roadrunners are also effective this time of year.

Maumee and Sandusky Rivers (Lucas and Sandusky Counties) - The unusually warm weather has created a three-week long walleye run in the rivers. Recent samplings have found large numbers of walleye still in the rivers. Floating jigs tipped with bright colored twister tails fished on an 18 inch leader work best. Only fish caught inside the mouth may be kept. Do not keep fish shorter than 15 inches in length. The daily bag limit is 4 fish per day.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) - Unseasonably warm weather have the fish ramped up early this spring. In most typical years this would be the time of year to start wading and casting jigs with twister tails for walleyes, but the spawn seems to have already taken place for the walleye. Reports have shown mixed results for wade fishing. The bite has seemed more consistent for those with boats and the ability to get out a little deeper. Jigs, worm harnesses, and Lindy rigs with night crawlers have started to produce results.

Berlin Lake (Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties) - This time of year the crappies tend to be holding just off the edge of sunken trees and structures. They can be reached by boat or wading. They can be caught on the usual crappie gear: crappie tubes, chartreuse and white twister tails, and minnows under bobbers. When keeping these slabs it is important to remember that there is a nine inch length limit and a daily bag limit of 30 crappies on this lake.

Hinckley Lake (Medina County) - Part of the Cleveland Metroparks, Hinckley Lake has 90 acres of fishable water with nice shoreline access. On Wednesday, April 11 Hinckley Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout ranging from 10-13 inches. Popular trout baits include maggots, wax worms, redworms, trout dough baits, minnows, and spinners.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Seneca Lake (Noble and Guernsey counties) - Spring's rising temperatures mean increased opportunity for crappie fishing as fish make their way to shallow waters to spawn. Try using small minnows fished under a small bobber moving from one brushy spot to the next along the shoreline. Minnows and small jigs can also be successful when fished around fallen tree-tops and submerged structure. For maps of structure sites in Seneca Lake and several other lakes in southeast Ohio, call the Wildlife District Four office at 740-589-9930. There is a nine-inch minimum limit and 30 fish daily limit for crappie at Seneca, and a 399 horsepower limit on this 3,508 acre lake.

Dow Lake (Athens County) - Rainbow Trout will be stocked on April 5th. They can be caught on a variety of baits, including redworms, wax worms, and minnows.

Blue Rock Lake (Muskingum County) - Rainbow Trout will be stocked on April 5th. They can be caught on a variety of baits, including redworms, wax worms, and minnows.

Rose Lake (Hocking County) - Rainbow Trout will be stocked on April 6th. They can be caught on a variety of baits, including redworms, wax worms, and minnows.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby Counties) - Try the spillway below the dam, saugeyes can be caught on small jigs tipped with twister tails or minnows fished along the bottom.

Acton Lake-Hueston Woods S.P. (Preble County) - As the lake warms, anglers will start to catch crappie on minnows or small curly-tailed jigs around fallen trees in six to 12 feet of water. Remember the nine inch length limit and daily bag limit of 30 for crappie.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Scheduled to be stocked with trout on April 7, 2011. Trout have been stocked in a blocked-off bay at the campground marina which has excellent shoreline fishing access. Try using small spinners or jigs tipped with wax worms. The daily catch limit is five trout per angler. A youth event will be held and fishing is for youth only from 1-4pm on April 7.

Stonelick Lake (Clermont County) - Stocked with trout on March 31, 2012.

Clark Lake (Clark County) - Will be stocked with trout on April 5, 2012.

Rush Run Lake (Preble County) - Stocked with trout on March 16, 2012.

Adams Lake (Adams County) - Stocked with trout on March 9, 2012. Trout are being caught on wax worms under a bobber. Channel cats and bullheads are being taken on chicken livers.

OHIO RIVER

Meldahl Dam Area - Anglers are having success catching hybrid striped bass using bucktails and swim baits.

Greenup Dam (Scioto County) - Fishing for hybrid striped bass should start picking up with the warmer temperatures; try using fluorescent yellow weighted jigs. Smallmouth bass fishing should also be good; try targeting the rocky shores of the tailwater using jigs with white plastic grubs.

Willow Island Pool (Washington County) - As the water temperatures continue to rise, expect to start catching more smallmouth and largemouth bass. Both of these fish can be caught with plastic worms. Sauger fishing should also be excellent this time of year. Try using jigheads with white or chartreuse tails.

Regulations to Remember:

The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 from March 1 through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleye 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.

Walleye fishing was excellent through the past weekend (as of 4/4/12). Anglers trolling around the reefs and outer buoys of the Camp Perry firing range have had success with crankbaits in the top 15' of water; deep husky jerks, deep rogues, and reef runners 20-60' back at 1.0-1.5 miles per hour are working best. Jig fishing has also been good along the shoreline from Davis-Besse to Turtle Creek and on some of the reefs in the Camp Perry firing range.

Yellow perch are being caught around Marblehead.

The water temperature is 48 degrees off of Toledo and 44 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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