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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - April 10th, 2015

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Saugeyes and crappies are the two most active fish right now in this lake northwest of Columbus. Saugeyes are being caught with tubes and jigs tipped with a minnow. Fish the Old Indian Lake area, south of Dream Bridge, and Moundwood area. The riprap along Southbank is also worth a try. Crappies are being caught using jigs or jigs and minnows around woody structure and boat docks. Crappies are also being caught where lily pads will grow this spring. As water warms, crappie will move to shallower areas to spawn.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Anglers were hitting the area of Coldwater Creek fairly heavily to fish through the ice, according to angler reports. Crappies are biting on waxworms and minnows or Swedish Pimples. Fish a bit shallow, in five to 10 feet of water for the best bite.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) – As water temperatures increase, try fishing for crappies around standing timber and brush. Live minnows fished under a bobber usually produce the best; however, some anglers cast 1⁄8-ounce jigs with a twister tail tipped with a waxworm. Boat ramp and dock available, but boats are restricted to electric motors only. Reservoir closes at 10 p.m.

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - April 10th, 2015

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Some anglers are still venturing out onto the ice at this northeast Ohio lake, but conditions are rapidly deteriorating. The safest bet is to fish below the spillway, where anglers are fishing for walleyes in good numbers, according to Vienna-area angler Mike Mainhart. 

Atwood Lake (Tuscarawas, Carroll counties) - About the only fishing going on at this northeast Ohio lake is below the spillway as much of the ice has melted off. Try jigging Rapalas and Smithwick Rogues for saugeyes and crappies below the dam. Also for panfish, don’t neglect using waxworms for bait.

Charles Mill Lake (Richland, Ashland counties) – Anglers fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water on this lake have been picking up the occasional saugeye. According to angler reports, the ‘eyes are suspended about halfway up the water column. Try jigging blade baits for the best bite. Crappies too are being caught on small minnows and waxworms fished in the wood.

Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – Crappies are making up the majority of the catch on this Portage Lake. Anglers are using straight minnows or waxworms under an ice bobber to entice the bite. Fish anywhere on this body of water. The bite hasn’t been consistently good in any one spot, according to angler reports. Fish anywhere from 10 to 15 feet of water for crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills, anglers report.

West Branch Reservoir (2,300-acres; Portage County) - This lake is located just east of Ravenna and offers more than 40 miles of shoreline fishing, as well as two boat ramps, which are both accessible from Cable Line Road. For crappies fish west of Rock Springs Road for nine- to 12-inch fish. Use jig heads with grub tails tipped with minnows in 13 to 20 feet of water about six to 10 feet down. For walleyes, use No. 10 Husky Jerks when the sun is shining with little or no wind. 

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - April 10th, 2015

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking,  Perry counties) – Anglers are catching open-water saugeyes at the North Bank ramp, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Successful fishermen are using jig and minnow combinations, Swedish Pimples, or blade baits. At Thornport, anglers are catching small crappies and yellow perch. Fish are shallow, Mathie reports, with successful anglers fishing just about six inches deep.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992

Alum Creek Lake (3,269 acres; Delaware County) – Fish minnow-imitating crankbaits along the dam and causeways at dawn and dusk for saugeyes. Fishing the points with jigs tipped with a minnow can also be productive. After a water release, fish the spillway with jigs. For crappies, try jigging off deep points that have old stumps and in the northern basin of the lake around fallen trees in the creek channel. Crappies are staging in deep water close to spawning sites. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to harvest.

Delaware Lake (1,017 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, fish the old river channel and deep water with woody cover using a jig tipped with a minnow. Use slip bobbers to place the bait over the fish. As water warms this spring, crappies will move to shallower water to spawn. Nine-inch minimum length limit on crappie. For channel catfish, target the north end of the lake using cut bait or chicken livers. In late April to mid-May, white bass will begin moving up streams to spawn; use spinners and jigs.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Fluctuating water levels below the spillway are making this Muskingum County reservoir tough to fish, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. When the water cooperates, anglers are picking up a few saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills on minnows and waxworms.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992 

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Find the old roadbeds on the lake for the best saugeye bite, locals report. A very few anglers are managing to catch ‘eyes, while many more are catching crappies and catfish. Try Swedish Pimples or other types of ice spoons tipped with live bait for the best results.

Division of Wildlife, District 4, 740-589-9930   

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) - Anglers are catching a mixed bag of fish on this southeast Ohio lake. The best advice on bait is to use small jigs tipped with minnows or waxworms. Crappies are being caught up to 12 inches. The occasional channel catfish is also being caught, according to angler reports.

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - March 27th, 2015

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – Anglers are catching bluegills up to 10 inches in length on this southern Ohio reservoir. Yellow perch and crappies are also in the mix with the slabs running up to 12-13 inches. Try waxworms or nightcrawlers under a bobber for bait.

CJ Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - The safest area to fish this Springfield-area lake is the marina, according to angler reports. Catches have been spotty – the occasional walleye is being reported by anglers dead-sticking from the docks. Bluegills too seem to be biting on small plastics, jig and minnow combinations, or waxworms under a bobber.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Anglers fishing the docks at the restaurant have been catching crappies and bluegills fairly regularly. Try waxworms, maggots, or nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. You can never go wrong with small jigs and minnows either.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - April 10th, 2015

• The daily bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleyes is 15 inches.
• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
• The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is five fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Walleye runs on the rivers:

Anglers should be aware that some popular accesses and parking locations have been temporarily closed due to recent ice damage. Toledo’s Side Cut Metropark and Wood County’s Buttonwood Metropark have been closed because of safety concerns.
Ice jams on the river caused flooding and pushed large ice sheets out of the river banks, causing significant structural damage to roads, trails, and parking lots in some areas. After the ice jams broke and the river receded, large blocks of ice remained, which must now be removed. 
Anglers looking for other access areas are reminded that Fort Meigs fishing access, Orleans Park in Perrysburg, and White Street access in Maumee remain open. Some areas off Harrison Street are accessible, but much of the tow path and access trails are closed on both sides of Conant Street. For boaters, the Maple Street and Cory Street boat ramps are open. 
For status updates and the latest information about ongoing cleanup efforts, refer to Wood County and Toledo Metroparks online at woodcountyparkdistrict.org and metroparkstoledo.com.
The Rocky River water level is currently elevated and muddy.  Depending on when the river level begins to recede, the Rocky could be fishable into this weekend, according to reports from Cleveland Metroparks. Lots of anglers reported catching steelhead over the past week, with most of the fish being in the 16-25-inch range and a handful of lucky anglers even caught bonus brown trout. Anglers reported hooking steelhead on a variety of offerings, including dime-size spawn sacks, small marabou jigs tipped with a few maggots, live minnows, spinners (Vibrax and RoosterTail are good), and egg and streamer fly patterns. There are lots of emerald shiners in the northern river right now, which is a relief to see after a winter where they were so sparse along the Cleveland lakefront. A good number of lake-run white suckers have also begun their spawning migration, with immediately below Morley Ford being a good place to find them concentrated. A worm or small jig/flies fished near the river bottom will often catch plenty of suckers.
Thin ice on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes is lingering, but anglers are fishing the limited open water around Wallace Lake, as well as fishing through thin ice from the safety of shore.  Wallace Lake was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout two weeks ago. Shadow, Ledge, and Judge’s lakes all still have trout remaining, as well, and expect these trout to begin biting very well as ice cover disappears from the lakes in the near future.  Daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, which is five per day. Trout often bite on small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, waxworm, minnow, corn) suspended under a float, spawn sacks, small to medium size jigging spoons (like Swedish Pimple or Forage Minnow), and Power Bait (rainbow and other bright colors have been best) about the size of a marble near the lake bottom with a small sinker.
The East Branch Rocky River was stocked with 600 pounds of rainbow trout between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. Note: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day per angler. Trout were biting great on PowerBait, small jigs tipped with maggots, and small spinners. If the river level recedes enough, Cleveland Metroparks plans to stock the river again (with 700 pounds this time).
Although ice on Lake Erie continues to break up, ice remains in marinas at E. 55th, Edgewater, and Wildwood parks. As the ice melts in the coming few weeks, steelhead, crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike will all be prowling the marinas and nearshore waters along the Cleveland shoreline.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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