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Fish Ohio Report, 9-10-14

September 11, 2014

Inland Lakes and Rivers


Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) - Saugeye: Are being caught along south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas. Try crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Largemouth bass: Anglers are catching fish in the canals around cover, try spinner baits, tubes, and crankbaits. Bluegill: Are still being caught in the channels using wax worms, night crawlers or crickets.

Article Photos

Lyle Foster with a 27' walleye, taken during a fishing charter on Lake Erie.

Madison Lake (98 acres; Madison County) - Crappie: Use minnows and a bobber around woody cover especially in the northern half of the lake. Largemouth bass: Are being caught around shoreline cover and in concentrations of shad. Channel catfish: Can be caught using shrimp and chicken livers fished on the bottom. Lake is restricted to use of electric motors only.


Sandusky Bay (Erie County) - Channel Catfish: Some very large catfish have been taken in the Sandusky Bay. Try using shrimp or worms fished on the bottom. Night fishing has been more productive than day fishing. Willow Point, Bay Bridge Access and Bay View Fishing Access are all good places try for catfish.

Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) - Largemouth Bass: Anglers have been catching bass near the surface using surface baits and crme worms. Evenings in the northwestern bay area have been the most productive. Bluegill: have been biting in the mornings. Try fishing with redworms 6-to-8 feet below a bobber. Most fish have been caught in the area around the boat ramp which is located at the southwest corner of the lake. Nettle Lake has no horsepower restrictions; however, there is a No Wake Rule (power boaters must operate at idle speed) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no speed restrictions for power boaters.


Pymatuning Lake (16,349 acres; Ashtabula County) - Pymatuning Lake is located in southeastern Ashtabula County and is approximately one mile east of Andover, Ohio and one mile north of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. State Route 85 (Ohio) bisects Pymatuning Lake's northern and southern sections and becomes State Route 285 at the Pennsylvania border (which is approximately one mile east of Pymatuning Lake Road), which is situated near the middle of the two-mile bridge overlooking the lake. It lies within Pymatuning State Park. Motors are limited to 20 horsepower. Largemouth bass : are biting well near shallow submerged wood and aquatic vegetation. Try soft plastics like Senkos, or bass jigs. Walleye: are being caught at the south end of the lake trolling Hot-N-Tots in 18 to 20 feet of water. Crappie and yellow perch: Ten to 12 feet seems to be the magic depth. Both can be caught on small minnows or soft plastics. Target offshore structure such as humps and bars.

Nimisila Lake (742 acres; Summit County) - Nimisila Reservoir is located in southeastern Summit County and is approximately 2 miles south of State Route 619, 2 miles east of State Route 93, and 2.5 miles west of State Route 241. The entire lake is surrounded by county roads. Motors are limited to electric only. Largemouth bass: Some bass are moving into extremely shallow water, where they can be targeted with soft plastics, jigs, and frogs. Look for areas with heavy cover. Offshore weedbeds continue to hold some fish, with finesse worms and soft jerkbaits being top producers. Crappie : Slip bobber rigs with small minnows fished near deep structure or steep rip-rap areas have been productive. Yellow perch: Fish for weedbeds in 12 feet of water with minnows for these tasty panfish. Sunfish: Try wax worms under a bobber near the islands.


Salt Fork Lake (3,060 acres; Guernsey County) - Crappie: will take a variety bait including worms, grubs, crickets, small spinners, and popping bugs. Look for crappie to be suspended or near wood in deeper water this time of year. Fishing from a boat has been very productive in past year. A variety of rental boats are available from the lake marina. Channel catfish: Try night crawlers or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Night time fishing offers some great opportunities. Largemouth bass : Top-water action will start to pick up with cooler temperatures. Use the "twitch and wait" method - cast the plug, let it lie on top of the water, and occasionally twitch the bait.

Scioto River (Scioto County) - Catfish: Give the Scioto River a try at the Ohio River confluence. The shore fish access adjacent to Alexandria Point Park in Portsmouth is a popular and productive fishing location. Flathead, channel and blue catfish can be caught at this location this time of year by fishing cut shad and skipjack. They can also be caught on night crawlers and chicken livers. Hybrid striped bass: can also be caught this time of year using shad imitation swim baits. Hybrids are also known to occasionally take chicken livers fished off the bottom.


Grand Lake St. Mary's (12,680 acres; Auglaize and Mercer Counties) - Crappie: fishing is heating up. Anglers report success in brushy structure just off the bottom. Popular bait at the moment is triple-tip grubs, motor oil color; tipped with a wax worm.

Acton Lake (590 acres; Butler and Preble Counties) - Channel catfish: biting on creek chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to 19-feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Bluegills: are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night crawlers as bait. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeye: are active in this lake. Currently, saugeye are being caught by anglers using night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs as bait. Fish the bait by trolling it through in water that is eight to 10 feet deep.


Belleville Pool Area (Washington County) - Largemouth bass: Fishing pressure typically slows in the fall, but anglers can continue to catch bass. Hot baits to try include white umbrella rigs (for information about the use of umbrella rigs in Ohio check the General Information Section of the online Ohio Fishing Regulations), white or chartreuse jigs, and crankbaits in shad or crayfish colors. Catfish: Try live baitfish and chicken liver.

Clermont County - Smallmouth bass: fishing will begin to pick up as temperatures decrease and water levels increase. Anglers interested in small mouth have done well casting into areas of current, especially rocky areas using a variety of artificial baits or minnows. Channel catfish: tight-lining off the shore using a hook and sinker baited with cut bait or night crawlers.

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.

* The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 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 slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from off Crane Creek, around "L" can of the Camp Perry firing range, and off Cedar Point.

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 based on numbers of fish but the sizes of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been northeast of West Sister Island, 5 miles east of West Sister Island, north of "B" can of the Camp Perry firing range, off Niagara Reef, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, and off Kelleys Island Shoal.

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

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys 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 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 around the sandbar including the weather buoy at the north end of the sandbar. Excellent fishing has been reported in 72-feet of water northwest-north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 70-to-72 feet of water north-northwest of Conneaut.

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

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching perch off the condos east of Vermilion. Excellent fishing in 35-to-42 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 37-to-44 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park, in 32-to-60 feet of water north of Fairport Harbor, and in 56-to-72 feet of water north-northwest Conneaut. Fishing from shore 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 and Largemouth Bass

Where: Fishing has been good around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and north-northwest.

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

White bass

Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 37-to-44 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 70 off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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



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