Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – December 21st, 2012

Acton Lake (Preble County)

Good crappie action is being reported. Size range from 14-16 inches and minnows are the bait of choice. Try about 15 feet deep and slow retrieve from bottom.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County)

South zone duck hunters are focusing their attention on the south end of the lake. Rain predicted for the end of the week should help crappie and saugeye fishing prospects below the spillway.
Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436

Indian Lake (Logan County)

Anglers are catching saugeyes at the Moundwood access by pulling jerkbaits on a slow retrieve. Smithwick Rogues and Rapala Husky Jerks have been the popular offerings. Be prepared to have company as this access is a popular shorefishing spot in the winter months. Fish have ranged from 14 to 20 inches and are being caught in four feet of water or less.
Lakeside Pro Bass Shop, 937-843-2488

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)

Big rafts of ducks and geese hit Rocky just in time for the second split opener on the south zone. For fishermen, crappies can be caught through the winter around the docks at the restaurant. The best bite is on minnows, but fish can also be caught on tube jigs in black and chartreuse. Depths will vary anywhere from 10 to 30 feet.
Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436

Great Miami River (Montgomery, Butler, and Hamilton counties)

Any stretch of the Great Miami all the way up to Indian Lake might be a good place to try. Try 1⁄8- to ¼-ounce jigs tipped with a minnow for saugeyes and sauger. Blade baits, such as Vib-Es, are also popular choices. Switch over to jerkbaits in the late afternoon and into the evening. The recent bite has been best after dark. For catfish, try cut shad – fresh or frozen – fished on the bottom.

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