Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – May 9th, 2013
Leesville Lake (Carroll County)
If you are looking for a rush, come out to Leesville Lake and try hooking into a muskie. These fish are known as “the fish of a thousand casts,” but during springtime these fish are a little easier to target helping reduce that ratio. Muskie, during the spring, move in shallow to spawn and hold tighter to structure. Try casting four- to six-inch sized minnow crankbaits.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County)
Both shore and boat anglers are sharing the same amount of success for catching crappies at Tappan Lake. With 2,100-plus acres of water, Tappan Lake has well over 32 miles of shoreline. If you can find the fallen timber along the shoreline, there is a good chance you will find crappies around and in that timber. Minnows fished 3-5 feet under bobbers have produced consistent crappie action with a bonus catfish here and there. Anglers specifically targeting catfish have also reported consistent action. Shad, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers on the bottom have all produced well.
Spencer Lake (Medina County)
If you don’t mind taking the time to fillet smaller crappies, Spencer Lake can offer you coolers full of 6-9-inch fillets. Crappies are being caught all over the lake in large quantities. Crappie tubes and tinsel jigs are producing so well right now you can leave the minnow bucket at home. A couple fishing from a boat also reported a good evening’s catch of largemouth bass with two of the eight bass caught breaking the 3.5-pound mark. They reported catching them off of the stump field on the south side of the lake.