Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County)

Crappies are being caught by anglers using minnows or jigs.  Fish the bait in 3 to 12 feet of water.  Fish the bait around any type of woody structure such as downed trees and overhanging brush and around the campgrounds.  A few saugeyes are being caught by casting jigs or trolling small crankbaits between the beach and the island and along the hazard area.  Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms under a bobber as bait.  Fish the bait 2 to 4 feet deep.  Good fishing spots are back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber. 

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County)

Muskie anglers continue to be successful in the late mornings.  Anglers report catching 30- to 40-inch muskies with numerous follows.  Try casting large bucktail spinners, jerk baits, or crankbaits around standing or fallen timber in coves or along main lake shorelines.  If you catch a muskie, please report it to the state park office, local bait shops, or contact the Wildlife District Five office.  Anglers are catching crappies in 12 to 20 feet of water using minnows under a bobber and casting jigs.  Remember, all crappie less than 9 inches must be immediately released back into the lake.  Bluegills are being caught by anglers fishing wax worms and redworms around fallen or standing timber in 2 to 5 feet of water.  Saugeye anglers are starting to catch a few fish in 6 to 15 feet of water, but most fish are small.  Troll medium or deep diving crankbaits along submerged points or underwater humps in the north pool.  Cast or drift with live nightcrawlers on a bottom bouncing harness rig, or use a lead-head jig tipped with a piece of worm.  Schools of shad working and jumping on the surface have given anglers opportunities to catch a few white bass.  Cast jigs into the schools of shad.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)

Crappies are being caught in 10- to 12-foot depths around brushy shorelines or fallen trees.  Use minnows under a slip bobber for crappies.  Bass fishing continues to be good.  Try using spinnerbaits, jigs or plastic worms around weed beds, fallen trees, or rocky shorelines in 4- to 6-foot depths.  Anglers are beginning to catch saugeyes.  Anglers should see good numbers of 13- to 18-inch fish.  Try casting or trolling crankbaits along drop-offs adjacent to flats near the island and south beach.  Also, try drifting with jigs tipped with minnows or bottom-bouncing nightcrawler rigs.

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