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Fish Ohio Report, July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

Provided by the ODNR


Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) This 361-acre lake in Columbus provides opportunities for both largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. Crankbaits, spinner baits, and tube baits fished around cover along shorelines can be very productive. Bluegills are being caught in shallow areas, try night crawlers and wax worms under a bobber. Large carp can be taken using dough balls. Crappies are being caught around submerged timber, use minnows or small jigs under a bobber.

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) Saugeye are being caught tolling worm harnesses and small crankbaits in the south end of the reservoir. Bluegills are biting in the north end of the lake, target shallower areas. Largemouth bass are being caught lake wide around shoreline cover. Try crankbaits, spinner baits, and tube baits in morning and evening for best results.


Resthaven Wildlife Area, Pond 7 (Erie County) Resthaven Wildlife Area is located just outside Castalia on State Route 269. The area has 444 acres of water contained in 10 different ponds. Anglers should still be able to hook into some largemouth bass this time of year. Typical largemouth lures include plastic worms and crankbaits. Pond 7 is also an excellent pond to fish for carp. For something new, try bow fishing for carp from the access roads or from a boat. Boats may be used on the ponds; however, no boat ramps are available at most of the ponds. Pond 8 does have a boat ramp and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. Gasoline motors up to 9.9 horsepower may be used on all ponds. NOTICE: Due to a tile issue, Pond 10 has been drawn down for repairs.

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Lake Milton (Mahoning County) Bass fishing has been as hot as the weather on Lake Milton. Anglers have been catching limits of feisty smallmouth bass, with some bonus largemouths thrown in.

Oxbow Lake (Defiance County) Oxbow lake is located at Oxbow Wildlife Area, seven miles northwest of the City of Defiance on Trinity Road. Despite the heat, anglers have still been catching some largemouth bass. Try using tube jigs and white spinner baits. Boats are allowed on the lake and there is a boat ramp available; however, boats are restricted to electric motors only.

Ferguson Reservoir (Allen County) Bluegills have been biting at the 305-acre reservoir. Try fishing near the boat ramp at the north bank and at the east bank near the cattails. Jigs and wax worms fished under a slip bobber have been enticing fish to bite. Catfish should be biting this time of year as well. Fish the along the dike that separates Ferguson and Metzger Reservoirs. Try fishing the bottom using balloons at night with crawlers, shrimp, or liver suspended below. Anglers should be able to hook into some perch at the reservoir as well. The best perch fishing is along the south side, near the steps. There is a primitive boat ramp on the reservoir, but boats are restricted to electric motors only.


Springfield Lake (Summit County) Snuggled against State Route 224, Springfield Lake has 290-acres of water and a decent amount of shoreline fishing access. Good numbers of channel catfish are being caught from both boat and shore out there. Keep much of your effort in the late evening and night hours when catfish are most active. Catfish our bottom feeders, so fish for them on bottom with chicken liver, night crawlers, cut bait, or some type of stink bait.

Lake Milton (Mahoning County) Bass fishing has been as hot as the weather on Lake Milton. Anglers have been catching limits of feisty smallmouth bass, with some bonus largemouths thrown in. Shoreline fishing has been productive, with tubes and other soft plastic crayfish imitations working well. With the summer shad hatch becoming available, downsized top-water baits and offshore patterns should also be coming into their own. Muskies have been active in Milton as well, taking large shad imitating crankbaits between Pointview and Elsworth Roads. Further towards the dam, walleye anglers are doing well on sand bars west of the Route 76 causeway. Jigging nightcrawlers and trolling small shad-style crankbaits have been the hot tickets.


Indian Lake (Logan County) The best fishing action has been early in the morning and in the evening. For saugeye try trolling with a Rat-L-Trap or Shad-Rap. Anglers are reporting slow fishing from the shore. Bluegills have moved off of the banks and are hitting around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on chicken liver, shrimp, cut shad and night crawlers

Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross Counties) Crappies are hitting along banks around downed trees. Anglers should fish in four to 11-feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in about four to 10-feet of water. Bluegills are hitting wax worms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on night crawlers and cut shad.

Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby Counties) The best crappie fishing has been by boaters, working around structure at six to seven feet deep. Minnows have been the top bait. For bluegills, anglers should fish from the banks early and late. During the day, work the deep brush piles. Catfish are hitting all over the lake on night crawlers, cut shad, chicken liver and prepared baits. For bass, fish off the banks in seven to nine feet of water with spinners and crankbaits.


Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) Decent-sized sunfish can be caught fishing more than two feet deep using redworms and wax worms fished below a small bobber. Bass fishing should be best at dawn and dusk using top water baits. Light colored buzzbaits seem to work best, but jerkbaits can also catch bass. Channel cats can be taken from both dams using night crawlers and chicken livers with the best fishing at dusk and after dark.

Seneca Lake (Guernsey County) Flatheads are being caught from the shore using live bait and cut baits. Flatheads can be caught on a variety of live baits, but most anglers choose to use live chubs, shad or bluegill. Both tight line and float fishing techniques work well on this species. Tight line angling is where the bait is fished off the bottom using a - 1 ounce sinker and cut or live baits. Float line fishing involves fishing live fish or cut bait below a bobber or catfish float at a preferred depth of the bottom. Many float fishermen allow their float to drift free over embayments and other shallow water at night. Saugeye angling success continues to be good this week with catches running in the 15 to 19-inch range. Saugeye are being caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with night crawlers fished eight to 10-feet depths. Saugeye anglers have also been successful trolling crank baits in eight to 10-feet of water. Hot spots for saugeye include the area around the upper island and in Cadillac Bay.


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

* The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14" 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, W of Green Island to Rattlesnake Island, and on the Canadian border W of 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 the Toledo water intake, S of "G" can of the Camp Perry firing range, W of Gull Island Shoal, SE of Kelleys Island, and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been excellent at the weather buoy near the Canadian line N of Vermilion and nearshore in 15 to 30' of water from Cranberry Creek to Old Woman Creek. Fishing has picked up off Cleveland with the best locations in 20' of water NE of Rocky River and in 58' of water N of Edgewater Park. There has been excellent fishing, best of the year, in 68-72' of water NE and NW of Geneva and in 58-62', and 72' of water NE and NW of Ashtabula. Trollers are using planer boards, dipsy divers, jet divers and wireline with blue, green, yellow, pink, and purple spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. The best locations to fish include 40' and also 45-46' of water N of Edgewater Park, in 38-45' of water NW of Fairport Harbor and in 47-48' of water N-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 22-24' with good success. In the Grand River, anglers are catching smallmouth and some largemouth bass.

White Bass Anglers are catching white bass near shore in 15-20' of water NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-15' of water N of Eastlake CEI. 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 has slowed down in the Grand River around the Grand River Landing but fish are still being caught. Anglers are using night crawlers.

The water temperature is 79 degrees off of Toledo and 76 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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Western River counties (Hamilton, Clermont, Brown and Adams counties) Anglers are finding the river slow at the moment. Flatheads can be caught on chicken liver, fished with no weight at drop offs of about 15 to 20-feet.



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