Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – February 14th, 2014
Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are reporting up to eight inches of good ice on Mosquito, with some areas on the north side of the lake reporting up to 10 inches. This prolonged cold snap has meant good panfishing on Mosquito with anglers catching bluegills and crappies primarily on jig combinations and jigging Rapalas. Not many walleyes are being reportedly caught. The tough walleye bite has continued through much of the winter.
Berlin Reservoir (Portage, Mahoning, and Stark counties) – Anglers are reporting up to 10 inches of good ice in some places on Berlin Reservoir in northeast Ohio. Find old road beds and fish them with jig and minnnow combinations for yellow perch and crappies. Some walleyes are also being taken on Swedish Pimples. The fish want the bait jigged slowly, anglers report, in this cold weather. The popular spot has been the ramp area off Bonner Road.
Charles Mill Lake (Richland, Ashland counties) – Ice is of varying thickness on this northeast Ohio lake, so be sure of the thickness before venturing too far out. Anglers who have been able to fish safely are reporting surprising catfish catches on jig and waxworm combinations. These offerings will also take saugeyes and crappies, though those bites have been reportedly tough.
Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland, Morrow counties) – The south side of the lake is the most heavily fished at this time of year. Anglers are catching crappies and bluegills through the ice, which is anywhere from five to six inches thick. Try waxworms under an ice bobber for the best results. Bluegill and yellow perch catches are coming in 10 feet of water. Search out underwater structure for the best panfish bite.
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – Anglers are reporting up to seven inches of good ice near the lodge at Atwood. The catch consists mainly of crappies coming in anywhere from three to six feet of water. Try ice spoons tipped with a maggot or waxworm. For saugeyes, try the spillway.