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Fish Ohio Report, 7-24-13

July 25, 2013

Inland Lakes and Rivers


Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) - This 361-acre reservoir in Columbus provides good fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and carp. Target smallmouth bass downstream of the dam in the Scioto River and in the reservoir around rocky cover. Use small crank baits, creature baits and tubes along secondary lake points around rocks and other cover. Big carp are also abundant in this reservoir. Crappie can be caught in the reservoir using minnows or jigs fished around woody cover. For bluegills and other sunfish try night crawlers.

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Rich Baker with a 26', 6lb saugeye, taken recently at Clendening Lake in Harrison County, OH.

Licking River (Licking County) - This river east of Columbus provides fishing opportunities for flathead catfish, channel catfish, carp, and smallmouth. Use live bait for flathead catfish in pools around woody cover. Cut bait and night crawlers fished on the bottom can be effective for catching channel catfish. Carp can be caught throughout the river using prepared baits. For smallmouth bass use jigs, baits that imitate crawfish, or tube baits, fish areas with moving water around rocks and other cover.


Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - This is the last weekend to fish these intensively managed ponds. 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 of these may be eight inches or more in length. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish, but finding it difficult to catch the fish less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of five fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division's webpage.

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Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Bass anglers have been catching fish offshore around schooling shad. Lipless crankbaits have been top producers in offshore situations, while Texas-rigged soft plastics have been productive around shoreline cover. Sunfish and crappie have been biting in deeper water.

Bucyrus Reservoir #1 (Crawford County) - This reservoir is located in central Crawford County, two miles northeast of Bucyrus, just off State Route 98. Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and bullheads this time of year. Fish the shoreline cover consisting of timber, brush, and weeds. Anglers seeking out largemouth bass should try minnows, plastic worms, tube jigs, and crankbaits. There is a parking area right off State Route 98 with excellent shoreline fishing access. A primitive boat ramp is available, off of State Route 98, just east of Beechgrove Road. There are no motor restrictions, but boats must be operated at "no wake" speeds.


Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Bass anglers have been catching fish offshore around schooling shad. Lipless crankbaits have been top producers in offshore situations, while Texas-rigged soft plastics have been productive around shoreline cover. Sunfish and crappie have been biting in deeper water. Drifting pin-mins tipped with maggots around the 10 foot depth range has been the ticket.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - Shallow crankbaits continue to produce good catches of largemouth bass. With the recent dark and windy conditions, fish have been very shallow and close to shore. The channel catfish action has also been good here, with shad and night crawlers both producing good catches.


Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) - Anglers like this 220-acre lake for sunfish and catfish. Decent catches of sunfish can be reeled in around weeds and structure, or at any shoreline access along the lake. Try fishing plastic worms or small crankbaits, although a basic live worm fished under a bobber should produce results. Channel catfish can be found in pretty much any cove off the main lake. Live worms, chicken livers, and stink baits are all popular choices this time of year. Try fishing in the evening hours through early morning to take advantage of the cooler weather.

Pike Lake (Pike County) - This 13-acre lake is a favorite for bluegill, bass, and catfish. Bluegills are generally found along the shoreline, but may be more active in the cooler mornings and evenings. Use wax worms on a small hook and bobber. Largemouth bass up to four pounds in size can be caught on a variety of artificial lures, twister tails, and live minnows. Fishing around the shoreline for bass is best early and late in the day. Large catfish up to 25 inches have also been seen in this lake. Nighttime fishing might be the best opportunity for these fish right now; try cutbaits, night crawlers, or chicken livers as bait.


Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill and sunfish are being caught by anglers using earthworms or wax worms as bait. Good artificial bait colors are green or chartreuse. There are good fishing opportunities from a boat or along the shoreline and pier areas. Look for additional opportunities in the mouth of Cowan Creek. Keep the bait five to six feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp or earthworms as bait. Fish from the pier area, campground cove, or creek channel. Keep the bait off of the bottom and about three to six feet deep.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Hybrid striped bass can be caught this time of year by anglers trolling or jigging shad colored crankbaits or spoons in five to seven foot depths. Also, try slowly trolling with live gizzard shad. Shore anglers have been successful using night crawlers and chicken livers. Watch for schools of small shad jumping at the surface - hybrids may be feeding below the schools. Best area to fish is around the main state park public swimming beach. REMEMBER all hybrids less than 15 inches long must be immediately released back into the lake. Also, anglers can only keep a daily limit of four hybrids. Anglers are encouraged to cut the line on deeply hooked hybrids to be released back into the lake. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using crayfish, live minnows, or earthworms as bait. Cast into the areas under undercut banks or near submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait off of the bottom and about five to eight feet deep. Use live bait such as gizzard shad or bluegills to catch flathead catfish.


Unfavorable conditions and muddy water are still found throughout the river. More rain is expected and water could again rise to critical levels. Anglers are encouraged to assess water levels and conditions before deciding to fish. Check for regularly updated information.


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.

The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week (as of 7/23). The best areas were NW of West Sister Island, around the Toledo water intake, and to a lesser extent SW of Kelleys Island on American Eagle Shoal. 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 fishing was good over the past week (as of 7/23). The best areas have been the Toledo water intake, "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, and within 1 mile of the SW corner of Kelleys Island and the SE corner of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border and in 17' of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion. Excellent fishing was reported in 72-74' of water NE of Geneva and in 72-74' of water NW of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling dipsy divers, jet divers and wire line with yellow, pink, green, and orange spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been good just off the Huron River mouth, off of the condos E of Vermilion, in 32-42' and 48' of water N of Edgewater Park, and in 50' of water NW of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing was reported this past week in 42-52' of water NW (the Hump) of Fairport Harbor and in 44-49' of water NW of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow due to muddy water from the big rain storms.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15 to 25' of water around harbor areas in Cleveland (5-20' of water), Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, curly tail grubs, soft-craws and leeches.

White Bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach, E. 55th St in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. Look for fishing to pick up once the water clears up from the rain storms. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.

The water temperature is 75 degrees off of Toledo and 73 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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