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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Anglers are congregating on Indian Lake at Northfork and catching a few saugeyes. Jigging Rapalas seem to be the best presentation, according to angler reports. Keep the bait shallow, in five to 10 feet of water for the saugeye bite. Saugeyes have been reported up to 20 inches, but most fish are in the 12- to 14-inch range. Other anglers are catching crappies at Northfork on jigs tipped with minnows. Use light jigs, either 1⁄16- or 1⁄8-ounce. Ice thickness is reported up to 14 inches in places.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Anglers are 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.

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - March 27th, 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.

Lake Milton (Mahoning County) - Anglers are catching walleyes through about 10 inches of ice on this Mahoning County lake that is featured on the back page of this edition of Ohio Outdoor News. Successful fishermen are using Jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples, blade baits, and jig and minnow combinations to entice the walleye bite.

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.

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - March 13th, 2015

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Ice remains 10 to 15 inches thick on this central Ohio lake, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. The ice may be a little bit punky, however, due to rainstorms during the week of March 1. Anglers fishing Copper Penny Channel are catching saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills, Mathie reports. Fishing at Thornport has slowed in recent weeks. The bite at Fairfield Beach continues to go strong, according to Mathie. “That place seems to never give up,” Mathie said of Fairfield. “It always coughs up a few fish.” Use jig and minnow combinations or Jigging Rapalas for the best bite.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, (740) 349-0992

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – The occasional saugeye is being caught through the ice by anglers fishing anywhere from 15 to 30 feet of water. The largest size being reported is a 5-pounder, but other “eater” size saugeyes are also being caught. Try Swedish Pimples tipped with a minnow or two for the best bite. The same presentation should also entice crappies to bite.
Division of Wildlife

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are reporting up to 12 inches of ice in places on this central Ohio lake north of the city of Delaware. Bluegills and crappies are the No. 1 target through the ice. Try jig and minnows or waxworms under an ice bobber. Spud your way out to your ice fishing spot to ensure the proper thickness.

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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 - March 27th, 2015

• Starting March 1, the new 2015 fishing licenses are required.
• The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler through April 30. The minimum size limit for walleye 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.  


Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been north of Catawba, west of Catawba, and three to nine miles off Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. 
How: Most anglers are jigging with spoons tipped with emerald shiners. 


Where: Panfish have been caught in harbors and marinas around Catawba. 
How: Most anglers are using small jigs with waxworms or soft plastics.
Rainbow trout (600 pounds) were stocked in Wallace Lake at Cleveland Metroparks recently because the East Branch Rocky River is elevated and muddy. 
The Rocky River is currently flowing high and muddy due to melt-off and the ice has been clearing out by the day. At the time of this writing, the remaining ice is from the marina to Lake Erie, with some slabs pushing two feet thick. As the water level drops and clears, expect the best fishing prospects in over two months. In addition to steelhead, expect white suckers to begin their spawning run. 
Although snow and ice are melting, ice anglers are still out on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes primarily pursuing stocked rainbow trout, although some are seeking panfish, largemouth bass, and even catfish. Wallace, Shadow, Ledge, and Judge’s lakes were stocked with a total of 2,000 pounds of trout this winter.  Expect trout to turn on as the lakes are freshened by melt-off over the next few weeks, with some of the best fishing offered as the lakes become open water. Be especially wary around inflows/outflows and edges of the lakes, as these are the first areas to become thin during the thaw. Also be sure that there is at least a minimum of four inches of solid ice where you are fishing.  Daily trout limit is three/day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake which is five/day.  Trout 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.  
Marinas at E. 55th, Edgewater, and Wildwood parks on Lake Erie can all be worth a look from ice anglers. Overall, anglers have reported a slow to inconsistent bite along the lakefront, with the abundant schools of shiners that were present last year largely lacking, but Cleveland Metroparks biologist Mike Durkalec expects this to change for the better as we transition into spring. Steelhead often roam into the marinas and nearshore areas in late winter and will bite on the same baits they will in the rivers.  Crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike are around in winter, and even more so into early spring.  Unlike inland Metroparks waters, you can fish the Lake Erie marinas 24 hours/day.
Cleveland Metroparks


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