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Fish Ohio Report, 6-25-14

June 25, 2014

Inland Lakes and Rivers


Alum Creek Lake (3,192 acres; Delaware County) - As water temperatures have increased, fish have moved to deeper water. Largemouth bass: are being caught off main and secondary points with crankbaits and spinner baits. Saugeye: Trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits close to the bottom in 12-to-14-feet of water along points can produce saugeye, especially at dawn and dusk. Muskellunge: can provide good action this time of year. Try trolling crankbaits across points and along riprapped shorelines.

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Bob Welch with a largemouth bass.

Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) - Crappie: As the water as warmed fish have moved to deeper water. Try using minnows suspended by a slip bobber in 10-to-14-feet of water around woody cover. Saugeye: are becoming more active as the summer pattern starts to set up. Trolling worm harnesses and crankbaits along the east shore can be productive. Keep the bait just off the bottom. Bluegills: are active now in shallow areas, flats and the back of coves. Try wax worms or night crawlers suspended by a bobber. Channel catfish : Fish the north basin or the inlets into coves using shrimp, night crawlers or chicken livers. There is a 10 horsepower limit at this reservoir.


Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (137 acres; Hancock County) - Bluegill: have been biting on redworms. The best locations have been in the northeast corner and the best time of day has been in the morning. Saugeye: During summer try drifting or trolling the shoreline at night with crankbaits or worm harnesses. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9 horsepower motor restriction.

Lake La Su An (82 acres; Williams County) - Bluegill: are being caught in 9-to-13-feet of water. Anglers are having the best success using jigs tipped with wax worms, redworms or Gulp minnows fished 7-to-9 feet under a slip bobber. Good numbers of Fish Ohio bluegill are being caught with some more than 10 inches. 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 from sunrise to sunset until Sept. 29. There is a limit of 25 bluegills per day (area wide) with only 5 bluegills 8 inches or larger allowed. For additional rules and information, visit


Berlin Lake (3,321 acres; Stark, Portage and Mahoning counties) - Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats at Berlin Lake during the day, but there is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake at night. Walleye: have been biting well near the deep structure north of Route 224. Jig and leach combinations, crawler harnesses and shad-style crankbaits fished in at least 15-feet of water have all been productive. Catfish: Crawler harnesses are producing lots of bonus catfish.

Pymatuning Lake (16,349 acres; Ashtabula County) - Pymatuning Lake is located in southeastern Ashtabula County and is approximately 1 mile east of Andover, Ohio and 1 mile north of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. A 20 horsepower motor limit is in effect. Catfish: Try using night crawlers and chicken livers fished near the bottom. Crappie: are hitting in 10-to-12-feet of water on minnows fished near the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill: are being caught 6-to-8 feet deep on worms. Largemouth bass: are hitting buzzbaits near the shore.

Portage Lakes (1,190 acres; Summit County) - Portage Lakes are located a few miles south of the city of Akron. All lakes have a 400 horsepower limit. All areas are "no wake" except for portions of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir. Largemouth bass: have been hitting top-water baits, especially in the low light. Various soft plastics fished around weedbeds have been productive during the day.


Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) - Smallmouth bass: Try the area of the river from Enterprise to Nelsonville, or at White's Mill in Athens. The best smallmouth fishing tends to be in the pools and near submerged cover, rocks, or root systems. Successful baits include minnows, Rooster tails, soft craws and twisters. Any of these can be effective when fished from canoes or the shoreline. Channel catfish: Try using cut bait, bluegill and minnows. Target the rocky shorelines or woody debris in slack water. The eddy below White's Mill in Athens is very popular, and shovelhead catfish can be caught there as well.

Seneca Lake (3,584 acres; Guernsey and Noble counties) - Saugeye: Drift jigs tipped with a twister tail and a minnow, or try twister jigs tipped with a night crawler and fished by slowly retrieving it along the bottom. Trolling worm harnesses can also be affective. Focus efforts around the upper islands, the island close to the dam, and Cadillac Bay. Channel catfish: Try fishing off the banks of the lake near Briar Hill Road past the last island in the upper section of the lake. Chicken livers and night crawlers are always popular bait.


Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish: are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye: are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait on the Butler County side of lake. Keep the bait between 10-to-12 feet deep for the best results. Crappie: are hitting on minnows fished 6-to-8 feet under bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

Whitewater River and Lake (Hamilton County) - Bass: For bass try jigging, crankbaits or soft plastics. Bluegill: Try wax worms and a bobber or smaller inline spinner baits. Catfish: use goldfish, shiners or suckers. These can be purchased at the marina. Try the pool where the river meets U.S. 50. Sauger, white bass, channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass: Try a jighead with a plain white grub. Spoons and rattle-traps are also recommended.


Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) - Catfish and white bass anglers are reporting steady fishing. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for catfish. Try chicken livers or cut shad.

Belleville Dam and tail waters (Washington County) - Hybrid striped bass: The earlier and later parts of the day have been yielding the best results. Try fishing spoons and plastics, or live bait fished below agitators. The area at the dam is usually the most popular. Channel and shovelhead catfish: Night crawlers and cut bait are generally successful for finding fish. Anywhere along the shoreline or at the walkways are good places to try.

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.

From May 16 through August 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit increases to 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): May 1 through June 27 is closed to possession (catch and release only). On June 28 the daily bag limit returns to 5 fish per angler with a 14 inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin


Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent northeast of the gravel pit, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, south of Middle Sister Island, northwest of West Sister Island, north of "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, from west of Rattlesnake Island to Northwest Reef, and east of Kelleys Island.

How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch

Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and around Kelleys Island.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25-feet of water. How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

Where:Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.

How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin


Where: Fishing has been excellent around Ruggles Reef, on the Lorain dumping ground, in 40-to-60-feet of water north of Cleveland, in 50-to-65-feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 55-to-68-feet of water north-northwest of Geneva, and in 42-to-70-feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.

How: Anglers are using Dipsy and Jet divers with worm harnesses and pink, white, green and purple spoons.

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching fish in 30-to-50-feet of water north of Cleveland, Wildwood Park and Chagrin River. Good fishing was reported in 43-to-48-feet of water northeast and west of Ashtabula, and in 40-feet of water north-northwest Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the west and east pier of the Grand River.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass

Where: Fishing has been excellent in 17-to-22-feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with tubes baits, leeches and soft craws.

White bass

Where: Boat anglers are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 20-to-40-feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the Cleveland piers, Eastlake CEI pier and the east and west piers on the Grand River with the evenings being the best.

How: Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails, small spoons and spinners.

Channel Catfish

Where: Fishing has been slowed down along the Grand River.

How: Anglers are using night crawlers and large chubs.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 69 off Toledo and 56 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Listen to the Lake Erie Fishing Report

River Walleye Fishing Reports

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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