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Fish Ohio Report, 8-13-14

August 13, 2014
ODNR

Inland Lakes and Rivers

CENTRAL OHIO

Kokosing River (Knox County) - Part of Ohio's first water trail, this stream provides a good day on the water catching smallmouth bass and rock bass. Smallmouth bass: Use small tubes or crankbaits in crayfish or shiner patterns around woody cover, boulders and eddies. Rock bass: Can be caught in the same areas with the same baits as smallmouth bass. Channel catfish: Can be caught in deep pools using shrimp, night crawlers and prepared baits.

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Zack and Jim Whaley with a pair of nice largemouth bass, taken at Westville Lake.

Rush Creek Lake (289 acres; Fairfield County) - Channel catfish: Can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster. Use cut shad, shrimp or night crawlers fished in east or south ends for best results. Bluegill: Are providing some action around cover in the east end. Use wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass: are also being caught here on spinner baits; target the woody cover in the southern part of the lake. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer to keep. There is a 10 horsepower limit on the lake.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Barton Lake (19 acres; Williams County) - Largemouth Bass: Anglers have been having success fishing for largemouth bass in the mornings. Try using top-water lures in the mornings at the southwest side of the lake. A ramp for small boats is available. There is a limit of 10 sunfish area wide, and a 3 bass split limit. (Anglers may only keep two bass less than 14-inches and 1 bass 20-inches or larger.)

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Lake Erie Central Basin

Walleye

Where: Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off Huron and at the south end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area with a few fish being caught in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 60-feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) - Channel catfish: Have been biting on night crawlers. The best time and place has been in the morning east of the boat ramp. Bluegill: Have also been biting recently; try using shrimp or bits of night crawlers.

Fremont Reservoir (100 acres; Sandusky County) - Crappie: Anglers are catching 8-to-9 inch crappie during the evening at the new Fremont Reservoir. Try using minnows and light-colored jigs near the boat launch area.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Portage Lakes (2,034 acres; Summit County) - Located a few miles south of Akron. These lakes are bordered by State Route 224 on the north, County Road 50 on the east, State Route 93 on the west, and County Road 224 on the south. Eight lakes encompass 2,034 acres. All lakes have a 400 horsepower limit, except for Nimisila Reservoir which allows only electric motors. Eight boat launch ramps provide access to the lakes. All areas are "no wake" except for portions of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir. Bass: anglers are catching bass adjacent to weed beds on bass jigs. The bite has been solid with nice size fish being landed. Crappie : are being targeted in 8 to 10 feet of water on offshore structures such as weed beds, habitat structures, and nature contour breaks. Anglers are using small jigs with minnows.

Shreve Lake (62 acres, Wayne County) - Approximately 1.2 miles west of Shreve, north of State Route 226. County Road 149 is on the western boundary, Clinton Township Road 138 is on the eastern boundary, and Clinton Township Road 316 runs east and west through the area. A boat launching ramp is accessible from Township Road 316 on the southeast corner of the lake. Boats are restricted to electric motors only. A fishing pier, designed for people with disabilities, is located near the boat launching ramp. Channel Catfish: Are being caught on the north end of the lake by the stump field. Anglers are using chicken liver and cut bait on bottom. Sunfish : Are biting well from shore, try using red worms or wax worms on small hooks under a float.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Dillon Lake (1,376 acres; Muskingum County) - Largemouth bass: The use of top-water baits near weed-lines may still produce a decent-sized bass, even when the temperatures are high. Try using plastic worms in dark colors, including purple, motor oil, and black late in the evening throughout the night, and in the early morning hours before daybreak. Bluegill: Use night crawlers fished below a bobber where fallen trees are submerged. Crappie: Drift fishing with minnows can be a great way to locate schools of crappie. Channel catfish : Great opportunities can be found in the reservoir and feeder tributary streams during a water rise after a rainfall. Chicken livers and night crawlers are the preferred bait, fished tight-line on the bottom near creek channels.

Ross Lake (127 acres; Ross County) - Channel catfish: Fishing pressure is generally low at this lake, so despite the heat, you can still reel in fish. Try fishing tight-line from shore using night crawlers or chicken livers. Largemouth bass: Picture an imaginary line at the midpoint of the lake between the fishing pier on the east side of the lake and the northern most pier on the west side of the lake and you can locate an old submerged "road bed." Try fishing rubber worms slowly along the road bed at 8-to-12 foot depths. Fish are more likely to be moving in early morning and late evening hours when the weather is cooler.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill: Are being caught by anglers using night crawlers or wax worms as bait. There are good fishing opportunities along woody debris shorelines and pier areas. Channel catfish: Anglers are having success using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp and night crawlers as bait. Cast from the pier area. Keep the bait off the bottom and about 3 to 6 feet deep. Anglers should keep in mind that there is plenty of forage for fish this time of the year and can result in lower success while angling. Be patient.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Bluegill: are being taken at 4 to 8 feet using redworms and wax worms. Look for shoreline areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be most productive. A variety of Catfish: are being caught by anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, stink bait, cut bait and chicken livers. Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in 5 to 10-foot depths. Saugeye: As water temperatures cool down, try trolling crankbaits, casting jigs, or drifting with a night crawler harness.

OHIO RIVER

Belleville Pool Area (Washington County) - Flathead catfish: Fishing should be good right now for sizeable catches throughout the pool. Use live baitfish; goldfish have been a popular choice in the past. Channel catfish: Try cut bait, stink bait, and chicken livers, as well as night crawlers fished tight-line on the bottom. Best results are primarily at dusk, through the night, and in the early morning hours before daybreak. Black bass: Some fish may still be picked up on deep diving crankbaits and jig-and-pig combos. Smallmouth bass: Some fish may be caught on Carolina-rigged do-nothing worms.

Serpintine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) - Blue catfish: Anglers are having success in the morning hours, try using chicken breast.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie Weather Forecast

Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps

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.

* Through August 31 the trout and salmon daily bag limit is 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

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing has slowed in the western basin and fewer anglers are targeting them. The best reports have come from west of Rattlesnake Island up to the Canadian border, including West Reef (west of North Bass Island). Other spots include "F" can of the Camp Perry Firing range and off Niagara Reef.

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: The best yellow perch fishing has primarily been in the island region, including Green Island to Rattlesnake Island, North Bass Island, South Bass Island and Kelleys Island.

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

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Kelleys Island and North Bass Island.

How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

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

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

Central Basin

Walleye

Where: Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off Huron and at the south end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Fishing has slowed down in the Cleveland area with a few fish being caught in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 60-feet of water north of Wildwood Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-to-74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.

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

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching some perch off St. Anthony's near Lorain and in 40-to-50 feet of water north of Cleveland. Excellent fishing has been reported in 45-to-68 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 55-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 slowed down around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. A few fish are being pickup off the Perry bubble early in the mornings.

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 fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and the Grand River, with the evenings being the best. 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.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 71 off Toledo and 71 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.

 
 

 

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