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Fish Ohio Report, 5-29-13

May 29, 2013

Inland Lakes and Rivers


Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) - Use crankbaits, tubes and creature baits around Clouse Cove and Cranberry Marsh for largemouth bass; also fish any rip rap or woody cover. Try using chicken livers on the north shore from Seller's Point to the north boat ramp when seeking hybrid striped bass. For bluegill, fish the eastern side of the lake using small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber. Crappie measuring seven to 12 inches can be taken using minnows suspended by a bobber from shoreline areas that have submerged cover. This is also one of the region's top lakes for carp, try prepared baits and dough balls fished along the bottom.

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) - This 361-acre lake in Columbus offers shore-fishing access on the east side of the lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting right now. Try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along rip rap and cover for best results. Crappies are still being found in shallow water around woody cover. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber fished right in the cover. Carp are large and plentiful in this local lake. Use prepared baits and dough balls.


Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - 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 29. No more than 15 sunfish may be kept per day for all La Su An area lakes, and no more than 5 of these may be 8 inches or more in length. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish, but finding it difficult to catch fish less than 8 inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of 5 fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division's webpage.

Fact Box

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 inches.

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

Bresler Reservoir (Allen County) - Located 4 miles west of Lima, 1 mile south of State Route 81 and 1 mile north of State Route 117 on Kemp and Grubb Roads, this reservoir is 582 acres in size. Bluegill should be biting right now. Anglers should try the east end of the north bank. Slip bobbers and jigs with wax worms usually work the best. Walleye can also be found in the reservoir. Try fishing the shoreline drop-off along the edge, as well as around the underwater island. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits in the mornings and evenings usually produce the best results. There is a boat ramp located on the east side. Boats are restricted to electric motors only. For more information or a map, check out the Division's webpage.

Muddy Creek (Sandusky County) - Catfish should be biting the next couple of months. Anglers can access the water at the State Route 53 Bridge. The best successes have come from fishing chicken livers or cut bait tight lined on the bottom..


Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Anglers are enjoying an aggressive blue gill bite at Mogadore. Most anglers were catching them in deeper water with the weekend's cooler temperatures, but with temperatures in the 80's forecasted for the rest of the week, it might be wise to look shallower. Colored pin-mins tipped with a maggot or wax worm under a bobber should keep you busy. If blue gills move in shallower consider trying a fly rod with small foam ants or little poppers for non-stop action.

Cuyahoga River (Summit County) - The Cuyahoga River runs through the Cascade Valley Park Chuckery Area which is part of the Metro Parks Serving Summit County. A short walk from the parking lot to the river puts you on instant smallmouth bass action. You can fish either upriver or downriver from that access point. Waders are ideal for really working the river over. Tubes and crank baits mimicking minnows and crayfish have been producing nice catches of smallmouths with a bonus pike here and there.


Lake Snowden (Athens County) - Largemouth bass should be moving off of spawning beds, so anglers focusing their attention offshore will begin to have success catching bass using jig 'n pig and spinner baits. Redears will also be on and off the beds. Popular with anglers at this 141-acre lake, these sunfish are partial to deep water and are most often caught around submerged structures. Try using lightweight spinning gear with four-to-six pound test line with redworms or wax worms.

Muskingum River (Muskingum, Morgan, and Washington Counties) - Late spring and early summer can be great times to fish for crappie in a stream. Don't let the current deter you; just learn how to use it to your advantage for a successful trip. Crappie will find shelter from the faster water while keeping a position where they can easily feed. Look for any current breaks in the water that allow a calm eddy pocket to form, such as points, riffles, rock piles, trees, brush, stumps, or docks. Crappie will face into the current, so cast upstream and let your bait drift by giving them the best chance to see it and strike. Try fishing small jigs tipped with minnows. Spotted bass fishing is also popular this time of year. Try fishing small spinner baits, tube baits, and crayfish imitation baits. Spotted bass are the predominant black bass in this river; however smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught as well. Spotted bass are common in the eight - 13 inch size range with an occasional fish up to 15 inches.


Adams Lake (Adams County) - Anglers should have good success fishing from the shore line. Bluegills and crappie can be caught on night crawlers and wax worms. This is a great place for fishing with youth. Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank. Fish are hitting around 18 inches deep.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Saugeye action is heating up, with anglers taking better numbers of 13 to 20 inch fish. Try casting a jig tipped with a piece of night crawler, and hop it along the bottom in 5 to 12 feet of water near the beach. If you prefer trolling, saugeyes can be taken on shad patterned medium or deep diving crank baits. A lot of 7 to 8 inch crappies are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fished near submerged trees 6 to15 feet deep. Bluegills can be caught on red worms or wax worms near boat docks or the edges of lily pads.

Lake Loramie (Shelby County) - Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom. Bluegills have been caught recently around boat docks, rip rap shorelines, and along the edges of lily pads. Try using small jigs tipped with wax worms fished just 1 to 2 feet under a small bobber.


Washington County - The Muskingum River confluence is a great area to look for catfish. Flatheads in the 20 to 30 inch size range have been reeled-in during previous years. Try using a slip rig or three way rig with live bluegill or live/frozen shad while tight-lining.

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

Lake Erie

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 inches.

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 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) from May 1 through June 28. On June 29 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14" minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was excellent over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, "D" can of the Camp Perry firing range, N of Kelleys Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs.

Yellow perch was good over the past week (as of 5/28). The best areas have been "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, E of Kelleys Island shoal, and E of Kelleys Island airport reef. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught off Rocky River in 53 feet of water fishing on the bottom using worm harnesses. A few walleye have been caught off the Cleveland Crib area in 50 feet of water and also in 26-34 feet of water NW of Fairport Harbor. Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been good weather permitting in 32-34 feet of water N off Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 42 feet of water N of Cuyahoga River light house, in 50-55 feet of water N of Mentor Lagoons. Fishing has been very good in 38-40 feet of water N of the Ashtabula and in 38-49 feet N of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been good off the E. 55th St and E. 72nd St piers in Cleveland. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas. Anglers are using soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs, and crankbaits.

White Bass fishing has been good in the Grand River up to the Uniroyal hole.

Channel Catfish has been very good along the Grand River. Anglers are using chicken livers and large chub.

The water temperature is 59 degrees off of Toledo and 57 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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