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Fish Ohio Report, June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

Inland Lakes and Rivers


Delaware Lake (Delaware County) - This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus consistently provides quality crappie fishing. As the water temperature warms, fish will move to deeper water with cover, try fishing drop-offs containing stumps or other wood. Crappies must be 9-inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, especially in the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover, riprap, and secondary drop-offs with crankbaits, tubes and creature baits. Largemouth bass must be 12-inches or longer to keep.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) - June is a good month for largemouth bass in this 273-acre lake east of Lancaster. Use plastic worms, tubes and crankbaits around shoreline cover, riprap and standing trees. Bass must be 15-inches or longer to keep. Crappies are beginning to move to deeper cover. Minnows and slip bobbers work best. Carp are abundant and can be caught on dough balls; fish the back of coves. This lake has a good channel cat population so try cut bait, chicken liver, or shrimp. The lake has a 10 horsepower limit.


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 five (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 the fish less than 8-inches. Largemouth bass must be 18-inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of five (5) fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division's webpage at

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Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - Anglers fishing near shore are catching largemouth bass and saugeye. Crankbaits have been the key to this success. Yellow-bellied crankbaits are the hot hand right now.

Wauseon Reservoir (Fulton County) - Located at the intersection of County Roads 15 and C, this 50-acre reservoir has been producing some nice catches of saugeye and white bass. For saugeye try casting along the shoreline or drift fishing. Bluegills have also been hitting crawlers on the bottom this past week. The reservoir features a primitive boat ramp, so anglers are limited to small boats. In addition, only electric motors may be used.

Willard Reservoir (Huron County) - Bluegills are being caught at Willard Reservoir using wax worms under a slip bobber. Catfish are also being caught during the evening hours and after dark using night crawlers on the bottom. Limits of bass are being caught fishing the shoreline in the evening. The reservoir is located on State Route 61, two (2) miles north of New Haven. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at City Hall. For maps and fishing forecast, visit the Division's website at


Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County) - Nestled in Columbiana County, this 182-acre lake is offering anglers a variety of options. Anglers fishing from shore are doing very well fishing for catfish and sunfish. Worms and chicken liver fished on the bottom should continue to produce catfish for weeks to come. Sunfish are on beds in most reservoirs in northeast Ohio. A fly rod with a small cork popper or just fishing a pin-min with a piece of worm or wax worm under a bobber should keep you busy reeling in plenty of sunfish. Anglers doing well bass fishing have kept to the bays, mainly flipping jigs.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - Anglers fishing near shore are catching largemouth bass and saugeye. Crankbaits have been the key to this success. Yellow-bellied crankbaits are the hot hand right now, but don't be afraid to change it up if things tail off. Saugeye can also be caught by fishing small jigs, tipped with a minnow or part of a night crawler.


Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) - As the temperature continues to increase, fish will become more active during morning and evening hours and less active during the day. Utilize this knowledge to your advantage and try to get out when the fish are the most active. Largemouth and smallmouth bass will continue to bite throughout the summer, try using deep-diving lures, large-bladed spinner baits, or working artificial night crawler or live night crawlers around long sloping points or large rocks. Anglers have also found success using worm-tubes and lizards from motor oil to chartreuse in color. Saugeye should continue to provide excellent opportunities for anglers. Try using green twister tails tipped with a night crawler or minnow fished around rocky and sandy points.

Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) - Channel catfish will be more active throughout the summer in this 107-acre lake. Try tight-lining off the bottom using cut bait, chicken livers, and night crawlers. Crappie can still be caught by using minnows fished under a bobber about two feet from the bottom over and near submerged structure like a beaver lodge. This lake is stocked annually with catchable-sized rainbow trout. For trout fishing try brightly colored power bait or kernel corn fished on the bottom near the dam.


Great Miami River (Montgomery County) - The river has been producing lots of two (2) to five (5) pound channel catfish from Dayton to Franklin. Fishermen are using chicken liver and night crawlers fished on the bottom. Very large carp have also been caught using various dough ball baits. Best catches of carp and channel catfish have been below the low head dams at Monument Ave., Tay's Station, West Carrollton, and Miamisburg.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County) - Muskie anglers continue to be successful. Anglers report catching 30 to 40-inch muskie with numerous follows. Try casting large bucktail spinners, jerk baits, or crankbaits around standing or fallen timber in coves or along main lake shorelines. If you catch a muskie, please report it to the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club Musky Angler Log found at A few crappie are still being caught by anglers fishing deep water woody with minnows under a bobber and small hair or tube jigs in white or chartreuse. Bluegill are spawning in the coves. Try using waxworms or redworms fished under a bobber. Use spinnerbaits and crankbaits around shoreline cover for bass early in the morning. A few saugeye are being caught using jigs tipped with minnow or nightcrawlers fished over deep water structure and drop-offs.


Greenup Dam (Scioto County) - Striped bass and white bass are great species to target this time of year. Try using cut skipjack or live shad fished along the concrete walkway and the riprap of the tail waters. If you prefer artificial baits, try -ounce lead head jigs with a three-inch white or chartreuse twister tail or top water popper crankbait. Look for active fish chasing shad and cast near that location. Channel catfish and blue catfish are other great species to catch. Try fishing on the bottom using heavy lead sinkers and circle hooks with live chubs or cut-shad. The tailwater area along the rocky shoreline out of strong current is the best area to hit.

Adams County - Anglers have had success fishing from the Rome Village boat ramp and fishing access area. For flathead catfish fishing, try casting bluegill, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers on the bottom of the river in late afternoon and evening hours.


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) through June 28. On Saturday, 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 6/4). The best areas were W of West Sister Island, around the northern reefs and also "D" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around Rattlesnake Island, between North Bass Island and Gull Island Shoal along the border, American Eagle shoal (SW 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 6/4). The best areas have been around West Sister Island, E of Kelleys Island shoal, and SW of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught nearshore from Cranberry Creek to Vermilion including Ruggles Reef, on the dumping grounds N of Lorain, in 38 to 42-feet of water NW of the Chagrin River, in 53-feet of water N of Edgewater Park in Cleveland, in 26 to 38-feet of water NW of Fairport Harbor, and in 46 to 52-feet of water NW of Ashtabula . Anglers are trolling dipsy and jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 36-feet of water N off Edgewater Park, in 30 to 35-feet of water N of Gordon Park, in 43-feet of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 39 to 40-feet of water N of the Ashtabula and in 40-feet NE 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 and off the Fairport Harbor Pier. 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 chubs.

The water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 59 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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