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Fish Ohio Report, June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012
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CENTRAL OHIO

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) - This 1017 acre lake provides the highest quality crappie fishing in central Ohio. Fish the deep drop-offs containing stumps or other cover. Crappies must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, target the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover and drop-offs with crank baits and tubes. Largemouth bass must be 12 inches or longer to keep.

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - Crappies are still biting at this 3192 acre lake north of Columbus. Use minnows fished under a bobber around cover 7 to 10 feet deep or troll small jigs. Smallmouth bass are being caught off deep points in 8 to 12 feet of water. Trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits can produce saugeye, especially at dawn and dusk. Channel catfish can be caught using chicken livers, cut bait, or shrimp. Try around the Howard Road area for good results.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Beaver Creek Reservoir (Seneca County) - The reservoir is located at the intersection of Township Road 196 and County Road 34 in the northeastern part of the county. Anglers can expect to have success catching catfish after sunset using tight lines fished from shore. Try using night crawlers, shrimp, dough balls, and cut bait. Hybrid sunfish should also be biting now. Anglers have been using wax worms or night crawler pieces, fished under bobbers set at 6 feet, casted from shore. The largest fish have been suspended in deeper water off of the shore within casting distance. A boat ramp is located on the east side of the reservoir. Boats are limited to electric motors.

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Edgewater Park to Eastlake CEI Seawall (Cuyahoga & Lake counties) - White bass are biting in good numbers from Edgewater Park (Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Edgewater exit, north of SR 2) to Eastlake Seawall (Erie Road off of SR 283). Both of these locations are shoreline access points,.

Van Wert Reservoirs #1and #2 (Van Wert County) - These two reservoirs are located on State Route 127 at the south edge of the city of Van Wert. Anglers should have success catching yellow perch at Van Wert Reservoir #1. Anglers should fish off of the bottom using night crawlers during the mornings and evenings. Try using a tight line method from the southeast bank. Anglers looking for sunfish should head to Van Wert Reservoir #2. Try using wax worms fished under slip bobbers set at 5 to 6 feet deep along the east bank. Boats are permitted on the reservoirs; however, no boat ramp is available. Boats must obtain a permit from the city of Van Wert.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - Fishing pressure has been very light despite the fact that anglers have been having success catching large bluegill at the area lakes. This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegills. All area lakes are open to public fishing on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays until July 30. No more than 10 sunfish may be kept per day for all La Su An area lakes, and no more than 2 of these may be 8 inches or more in length. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep. For additional rules and information, visit the Division's webpage.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Akron Youth Ponds (Summit County) - If you haven't visited the Division of Wildlife youth fishing area in Portage Lakes, it's not too late. Visit http://bit.ly/youthfishing to learn more or drop by 912 Portage Lakes Drive during weekends from 9am-7pm. Fishing is free, equipment and bait is provided (youngsters are welcome to bring their own), and a staff member is on hand to assist. Please note that the area is open to ages 15 and under but all anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anglers may keep one fish daily. Visit Saturday, June 30 during the hours of 9am-3pm to participate in a special day geared toward expanding the youth fishing experience! Casting demonstrations will occur in the morning and filleting demonstrations will be taking place in the afternoon. Hope to see you there! Call Wildlife District Three at (330) 644-2293 for details.

Edgewater Park to Eastlake CEI Seawall (Cuyahoga & Lake counties) - White bass are biting in good numbers from Edgewater Park (Cleveland Lakefront State Park, Edgewater exit, north of SR 2) to Eastlake Seawall (Erie Road off of SR 283). Both of these locations are shoreline access points, but anglers will find there are several additional shoreline access points between these two public areas. Read more in the Lake Erie Fishing Guide which can be obtained by visiting a Division of Wildlife office or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. Places to launch a boat are listed in the publication as well. Anglers should also check out the Lake Erie Access Guide and interactive map viewer at www.dnr.state.oh.us/coastal Anglers should fish shiners, jigs, twisters, small crankbaits, and small spoons for best results.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Lake Alma (Vinton County) - Good catches of bluegill can be reeled using live bait, including wax worms and night crawlers. Largemouth bass can be caught using artificial baits including jigs with twister tails and rattletraps. Try fishing the back side of this 74-acre lake and under the bridge. Electric motors only.

Hocking River (Hocking and Athens counties) - Smallmouth bass fishing is usually popular this time of year. The best smallie fishing tends to be in pools and near submerged structure, rocks, or root systems. Successful baits include minnows, roostertails, soft craws, and twisters. Any of these can be effective when fished from canoes or the shoreline. Channel catfish can also be found throughout the river. Try using cut bait, bluegill, and minnows.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye on the Butler County side of lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait between 10 and 12 feet deep for the best results. Crappies are hitting on minnows fished six to eight feet under bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

Whitewater River and Lake (Hamilton County) - Anglers are catching bass and bluegills in the lake. For bass try jigging, crankbaits, and soft plastics. The bluegills are easy to catch there provided you rent a boat. Fish along the woods with wax worms, and a bobber. You can also try smaller inline spinner baits. Good size catfish in the 10 lb.range have been reported. Use goldfish, shiners, and suckers. These can be purchased at the marina. In spring and early summer try the pool where the river meets US 50. Anglers have caught saugers, whitebass, channel catfish, smallmouth, and largemouth bass. They report good success when the water is a little higher than the normal and clear. Summer fishing is also good here if you fish early in the morning or at dusk. Try a jighead with a plain white grub. Spoons and rattle-traps are also recommended.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Good catches of saugeye are coming from six to 15 foot depths near the island area at the east end of the lake. Cast jigs with plastic curly tails or jigs tipped with a night crawler. Troll shad pattern crankbaits over underwater humps or along shoreline points. Bluegills are being taken from two to four feet deep using red worms, wax worms, or small jigs. Anglers are catching crappie by live minnows or wax worms as bait. Fishing is good throughout the lake but look for areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be more productive. Fish the bait using a slip bobber keeping it greater than eight feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by shore anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, and chicken liver. Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in three to six foot depths.

Sycamore State Park Youth Fishing Day - (Montgomery County) Saturday, June 30 (and on Aug. 25) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for anglers 15-years-old and younger. Bait and assistance from volunteers will be provided at no charge on these dates. Youth are encouraged to bring their fishing poles; however, poles will be available during these events. All young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the youth events. Parents cannot fish but may assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available, and young anglers are encouraged to wear hats and sunglasses to protect themselves while casting their lines. State park ponds will be stocked with catchable channel catfish and hybrid bluegill just prior to each youth-only fishing event and will be open daily.

Caesar Creek State Park Youth Fishing Day - (Warren County )Saturday, June 30 (and on Aug. 25) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for anglers 15-years-old and younger. Bait and assistance from volunteers will be provided at no charge on these dates. Youth are encouraged to bring their fishing poles; however, poles will be available during these events. All young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the youth events. Parents cannot fish but may assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available, and young anglers are encouraged to wear hats and sunglasses to protect themselves while casting their lines. State park ponds will be stocked with catchable channel catfish and hybrid bluegill just prior to each youth-only fishing event and will be open daily.

OHIO RIVER

Belleville Dam and Tailwaters - Hybrid striped bass fishing was slow this past week. Some fish, mostly three to four pounds, were being caught at the dam with spoons and plastics or live bait fished beneath agitators. The earlier and later parts of the day seem to yield the best results. Catfish are being caught on a regular basis with both night crawlers, and cut bait. Anywhere along the shoreline or at the walkways seem to be good places to try. Sauger and walleye fishing has slowed, as expected for this time of the year.

Racine Dam area - Live bait has been the hot choice this week for catching both hybrid striped bass and smallmouth bass. Try creek chubs, shiners, or your favorite variety of live bait fished near the dam.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Anglers are reporting steady fishing, with catches of gar, catfish, and a few white bass. Try fishing up close to the dam. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for catfish. Try chicken liver or cut shad.

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 been fair in the western basin. Fish have been caught by trolling or drifting and casting N of West Sister Island, at the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, on the reef complex in the Camp Perry firing range, and W of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island. Trollers have been using worm harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also divers with spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been best around the Toledo water intake, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and SE of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good. Fish have been caught at the weather buoy near the Canadian line N of Vermilion, in 60' of water N of Gordon Park, and in 67-77' of water NE of Chagrin River. There has been excellent fishing in 72-73' of water N-NE of Geneva and in 69-72' of water NW of Ashtabula. Trollers are using divers with green, yellow, black, blue, pink, and purple spoons and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish include 35' of water NE of Wildwood State Park, in 40' of water N Chagrin River, in 30-38' NE and NW of Fairport Harbor and in 40-47' 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 crank baits. East of Fairport Harbor anglers are trolling crank baits in 17-22' with good success.

White Bass anglers are catching white bass near shore along the shoreline. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.

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 71 degrees off of Toledo and 68 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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