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Fish Ohio Report, June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012


Buckeye Lake (Licking, Fairfield, and Perry counties) - Buckeye Lake was host to the 2nd annual carp fishing tournament last weekend. Carp catch rates were very good with most fish weighing in the nine-pound range; biggest fish was nearly 21 pounds! These feisty fish can be caught on prepared doughballs or plain old canned sweet corn, fish in canals and around lily pads for best results. Carp anglers also reported very high catch rates of channel catfish during the two-day tournament. Try fishing cut bait or chicken liver in similar areas you would fish for carp.

Scioto River (Franklin County) - The Scioto River in Franklin County cannot be beat when it comes to smallmouth bass fishing. These high flying fish can be caught in great numbers below O'Shaughnessy and Griggs Reservoirs and even downtown Columbus! Focus your efforts on areas with current and wood or large rocks. Good baits are small twisters on a jig, tube baits, and crankbaits. Early morning is the best time to try top-water baits like buzzbaits or poppers. The Scioto also contains a great population of Rock Bass. Try small tubes and in-line spinner baits around rocks for these aggressive sunfish.


Lost Creek Reservoir (Allen County) - This reservoir is located on the east side of Lima, at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Roush Road. Anglers have been catching saugeye at the south end of the reservoir and at the north end, near the pump house. Try drifting or trolling worm harnesses and crankbaits. Leeches fished below slip bobbers have also been successful. Anglers can also cast crankbaits from the shoreline. Anglers can use boats with electric motors; however, there is not boat ramp, so boats must be carried over the dike on the west side.

Maumee River (Defiance County) - From the base of Independence Dam to the end of State Park access. Due to the low water level many areas not normally accessible can be reached by wading right now. Black bass can be found in the deeper holes using a number of lures such as rubber worms, jigs with twister tails, and various crankbaits. Waders and shore anglers can catch great numbers of channel catfish in the same pools, as well as along the entire base of the dam. Popular baits include night crawlers, cut bait, and live chubs. Large flathead catfish are also caught in these areas.

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Ohio River

Bellville Pool Area - No reason to get fancy this week, the tried and true baits and lures are catching fish. Anglers are having success catching hybrid striped bass and catfish using chicken livers and night crawlers.

Sandusky Bay (Ottawa and Erie Counties) - Anglers are still getting nice catches of channel catfish in the Bay. Fishing accesses include the Willow Point Wildlife Area off of Wahl Road, and the Sandusky Bay Bridge Fishing Access off of State Route 2. Try using worms, shrimp, or chicken livers fished on the bottom.


Northeast Ohio Region (offshore largemouth bass) - Many larger bass have moved offshore, and are being caught in between 7 to 12 feet of water. Probing the depths with Carolina rigs has produced quality reports from several lakes. Football jigs and large crankbaits should start producing soon around major pieces of deep structure, as well as top-water during low light.

Atwood Lake (Tuscarawas and Carroll counties) - The saugeye bite has picked up, with anglers taking some quality fish on jig and crawler combinations. Drift offshore structure slowly to tempt these delicious fish. Sunfish have been biting well near the shoreline. Worms or maggots fished a few feet below a bobber have delivered good catches. Bass are transitioning to summer patterns. Some fish are still available on shoreline cover, while other fish have moved to main lake structure. Soft plastics have been most consistent.

LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) - Heat up the oil and get the breading ready! If you are long overdue for a backyard fish fry, head to LaDue Reservoir for the fish to supply this favorite summertime activity. Bluegill, often overshadowed by walleye and perch, make for some of the best eating around. These tasty morsels are being caught in good numbers and sizes at LaDue. Anglers are reporting catches on pin-mins tipped with wax worms/maggots or chartreuse Gulp Alive maggots under bobbers. Anglers also noted that they were catching full coolers worth of white perch as well. White perch were being caught using worms.


Lake Rupert [Wellston Reservoir] (Vinton County) - Nice catches of bluegill can be caught fishing with wax worms, but minnows can get hits as well. Fishing for channel cats should start picking up, and night fishing can be a fun alternative to the bright and hot sun of daytime fishing. Try chicken livers, night crawlers, cut shad, or even minnows fished on the bottom.

Monroe Lake (Monroe County) - Bluegill fishing is generally excellent at this 39-acre lake; use a simple worm fished under a bobber cast into any of the spawning beds. Largemouth bass should be starting to bite on plastic baits; try salamanders, rubber worms and top water baits. This lake has an active 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass and a 10 horsepower limit.


C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Walleye fishing is excellent. Early morning boat anglers fishing jigs tipped with a night crawler over the mid-lake humps and in the north end of the lake are catching some nice walleye. Recent reports indicate that anglers trolling deep diving crankbaits are beginning to catch some larger fish. Remember there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleye. Bluegills are being caught around the rocky shorelines of the dam and the marina. Also, try fishing the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground. Use wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber. A few crappie are still being caught on minnows and wax worms around the marina.

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Good numbers of channel catfish are being caught by anglers using shrimp, cut bait, and chicken livers fished on the bottom under a bobber or by tight lining baits on the bottom. Successful catfish areas include the more shallow waters near the boat ramp or along the dam. Night fishing produces the best results. Bluegill, six to eight inches in length, are being taken on redworms or wax worms fished around woody cover found in six to 15-foot depths.


Meldahl Dam to Cincinnati (Clermont and Hamilton Counties) - Channel catfish are being taken in good numbers all along the river. Try chicken livers, shrimp, or night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Bellville Pool Area - No reason to get fancy this week, the tried and true baits and lures are catching fish. Anglers are having success catching hybrid striped bass and catfish using chicken livers and night crawlers. Catches of smallmouth and spotted bass have also been pulled in using jigs and spinner baits.

Regulations to Remember:

The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15".

The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler from May 16 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

It is illegal to possess black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie from May 1 through June 29. The season re-opens on Saturday, June 30 with a daily bag limit of 5 fish and a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing has slowed due to the rough lake conditions. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting NW of West Sister Island, at the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, and along the Canadian border from North Bass Island to Gull Island Shoal. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best around Gull Island Shoal, off of Niagara Reef, off of Marblehead, N of Cedar Point, and in the south passage off of West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good. Fish have been caught from Ruggles Reef to Vermilion, in 50' of water NW of Lorain, in 63-64' of water N of Gordon Park, in 30-40' of water NW of Fairport Harbor and in 68-70' of water NE of Geneva. Trollers are using divers with blue, pink and purple spoons and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair to good. The best locations to fish include 27-38' N of Gordon Park in Cleveland, 35' NW of Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula, and 42-47' NE of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor out at the lighthouse. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best. Shore anglers are also catching rock bass off the Cleveland piers.

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 using drop shot rigs with rubber worms, soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits. East of Fairport Harbor anglers are trolling crankbaits in 17-22' with good success.

Catfish fishing continues to be very good in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing. Anglers are catching large fish using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 68 degrees off of Toledo and 63 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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