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Fish Ohio Report, 7-30-14

July 31, 2014

Lake Erie

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.

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There's a ton of great fishing spots throughout Ohio. This angler is enjoying Middle Beaver Creek in Columbiana County, OH.

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.

The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Western Basin


Where: Walleye fishing has been good north of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, west and north of "A" can of the Camp Perry firing range, around northwest reef and west of Rattlesnake Island.

How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and 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 has been good just off Turtle Island, between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and from Marblehead to Kelleys Island.

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

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught north of Kelleys Island, around South Bass Island and around Marblehead.

How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and 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 on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin


Where: Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off both Huron and Lorain, at the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain including the weather buoy near the Canadian border, in 50-to-60 feet of water northeast of Rocky River, and in 60-feet of water north of Cleveland. Excellent fishing has been reported in 56-to-72 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north of Ashtabula.

How: Anglers are using planer boards, Dipsy and Jet divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.

Yellow Perch

Where: Anglers are catching some perch in 30-to-40 feet of water north of Gordon Park and in 30-to-40 feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 48-to-51 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 54-to-70 feet of water north of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.

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: Anglers fishing from boats 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 piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and the Grand River, with the evenings being the best time. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.

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

Channel Catfish

Where: Fishing has slowed down along the Grand River.

How: Anglers are using night crawlers and large chubs.

Water Temperature

The Lake Erie water temperature is 72 degrees off Toledo and 72 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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


Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) - Crappie: Use jigs and minnows around woody cover and target water depths of 8-to-15 feet. Crappie must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish: are plentiful in this lake. Try using cut bait and shrimp fished on the bottom at night for the best success. Largemouth bass: Fish are being caught around cover and on lake points. Use spinner baits and plastics for the best results. Most fish are around 12-inches in length.

# Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) - Largemouth bass: The best places to find fish are around shoreline cover and secondary lake points. Bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits and plastics. Channel catfish: can be caught using shrimp and cut bait. Target the flats in the north basin at night for the best results. Saugeye: are being caught on the breaks of points in 6-to-15 feet of water mostly at dawn and dusk. Trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses very close to the bottom are also producing results. There is a 10 horsepower limit at this lake.


Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Reservoir (241acres; Wyandot County) Crappie: have been biting on minnows. The best location has been south of the boat ramp, and the best time to fish has been mid-day. Channel catfish: should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores using night crawlers or cut baits fished tight lined on the bottom, or just off bottom using slip bobbers for the best results. There is a 10 horsepower limit on the reservoir. Note: Anglers should be aware the water level has been lowered because dirt from the dam has shown signs of slipping. The low water levels have exposed hazards for boaters. The unmarked hazards include both submerged and exposed posts and rocks, which may be difficult to see depending on conditions. Boaters should remain vigilant for these hazards.

Van Wert Reservoirs #1and #2 (61 and 100 acres; Van Wert County) Bluegill: should be biting at the Van Wert reservoirs this time of year. Anglers should try fishing 5-to-7 feet deep using wax worms under a bobber. The mornings and evenings are usually the best times to fish. At Van Wert #1 try fishing the southeast bank and at Van Wert #2 try along the east bank. Boats are permitted on the reservoirs; however, boaters must obtain a permit from the city of Van Wert.


Clendening Lake (1,702 acres; Harrison County) - Boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less are permitted on the lake. Largemouth bass: have been active and anglers are doing well on buzzbaits and spinner baits. Try working around weedbeds and fallen trees. When the bite slows, try finessing soft plastics. White bass: have been actively schooling and can be found by looking for surface activity or circling gulls. Try small spinners or white grubs for fast action.

LaDue Reservoir (1,475 acres; Geauga County) Largemouth bass: have been biting both shallow and deep. Top-water frogs and buzz baits have been effective around shallow weed beds, and crankbaits and rattle baits have been producing offshore. Catfish: continue to bite night crawlers. Crappie: Try minnows or chartreuse jigs fished near the bottom around the Route 44 and 422 overpasses.

Mosquito Creek Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) - Walleye and crappie: Troll small crankbaits and worm harnesses in 11-to-18 feet of water. Largemouth bass: Spinner baits, plastic worms, crankbaits and rubber frogs have been the lures of choice. Focus on shallow structure and rip-rap areas. Yellow perch and sunfish: Shore and boat anglers have been doing well using small live-bait offerings. Both channel and flathead catfish: have been biting larger live baits off the bottom.


Lake White (333 acres; Pike County) Black bass: Largemouth and spotted bass may be a little harder to catch this time of year, but they can still be found in the lake. Pay particular attention to visible structure. Artificial lures such as rubber worms, spinner baits and crankbaits work well. The riprap face of the dam and boat docks are good areas to try. Channel catfish: Try fishing chicken livers or night crawlers on the bottom. Night fishing is popular with anglers. A great area to target is the upper part of the lake near where Pee Pee Creek enters the lake, especially after a rain.

# Monroe Lake (39 acres; Monroe County) Bluegill and crappie: can both be reeled in on live bait, such as minnows, redworms, wax worms and mealworms. Channel catfish: Night crawlers fished tight-line on the bottom are usually successful. Night fishing is popular during the summer to take advantage of cooler temperatures.


Acton Lake (590 acres; Preble County) Channel catfish: are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye: on the Butler County side of the lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait 10-to-12 feet deep for the best results. Bluegill: are hitting on wax worms and night crawlers fished 6-to-8 feet under a bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

# Grand Lake St. Marys (12,680 acres; Mercer County) Channel catfish: Nighttime is the best opportunity to catch channel catfish. Try using night crawlers, cut bait, and/or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Largemouth bass: Late night and early morning hours are best. Try spinner baits fished in coves and along docks.



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