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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Small jigs tipped with spikes is the hot ticket through the ice at Indian Lake right now, according to angler reports. Try Moundwood, Blackhawk, and Paradise Island areas for the best panfish bite. Crappies are abundant here and can be caught using jigs and spikes or jig and minnow combinations. Some anglers are catching yellow perch and bluegills, too, using the same presentations. Pony Island might be another good spot to try. For saugeyes, target the late afternoon bite. According to angler reports, just before sunset seems like the best time to target these hybrids.

Lake La Su An (Williams County) - Ice is being reported between four and five and a half inches thick. Anglers are catching bluegills on jig and waxworm combinations. Fish anywhere from 10 to 20 feet deep. Try spikes, mousies, or waxworms to entice the bluegill bite. The occasional bass is also being caught in the same areas. Chartreuse has been the hot pattern, according to angler reports.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) – Fish are biting in shallow depths, particularly panfish, anglers are reporting. Crappies are being caught in anywhere from five to 10 feet of water. Successful fishermen are using minnows under an ice bobber to entice the bite. Some crappies have measured up to 14 inches, according to reports.

Killdeer Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Anglers fishing through the ice here are finding it between six and 10 inches thick. Some crappies and smallmouth bass are being caught, but catfish are making up the majority of the catch. Try using jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms.

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are reporting up to a foot of ice in places on Mosquito. Be cautious, though, as some pressure cracks have opened up and flooded parts of the ice. Through the ice, anglers are piling up crappies and bluegills, with the latter species making up the majority of the catch. Successful anglers are using straight minnows on a hook or jig and minnow combinations. Fishing pressure has been heavy on Mosquito with shanties dotting the lake from side to side.

Atwood Lake (Tuscarawas, Carroll counties) – Anglers are reporting up to eight inches of good ice on Atwood. The popular fishing spot has been the point directly across from the lodge in 10 to 15 feet of water. Anglers are catching a few crappies and bluegills on jig and minnow combinations or waxworms under an ice bobber. Some yellow perch are also reportedly in the mix.

Charles Mill Lake (Richland, Ashland counties) – Fish deeper water for the best bite through the ice at Charles Mill, anglers report. Be sure to check areas carefully, however, as ice thickness varies widely from place to place on this lake. Better to be safe than sorry. Anglers have reported catching good numbers of crappies, particularly right at sunset or a little later.

Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – Yellow perch in the smallish range are making up most of the catch on this Portage Lake. Anglers are catching them in anywhere from five to 30 feet of water. Just about any offering will entice the perch bite, anglers report. Getting the walleye to bite is a tougher proposition, however.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Ice thickness varies from place to place on Buckeye Lake with some reported thickness up to 11 inches in spots, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Be advised that places that have dock aerators working will keep the ice thin or nonexistent. Be extra cautious of these spots. Successful anglers are catching crappies and bluegills up to 14 inches, Mathie reports. The best areas have been Thornport and Heron Bay. Some yellow perch are being thrown into the mix at Thornport and saugeyes have added to the bag at Heron Bay. Fairfield Beach bite has been spotty. Successful anglers are using minnows under an ice bobber, small spoons, or small blade baits. The key in cold water is to jig the bait slowly, Mathie recommends.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, (740) 349-0992

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers fishing through the ice in some locations on Alum Creek Lake are doing well on crappies. Focus your efforts on anywhere from 25 to 30 feet of water. The crappies should be suspended about five feet off the bottom. Anglers are using Rapalas and spoons tipped with a minnow for the successful bite. Some crappies have been reported up to 14 inches with most fish in the 10- to 12-inch range.
Division of Wildlife

Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) - Fishing pressure has been light, the water is low, and the bite is slow. A few saugeyes are being reported caught below the spillway. A few anglers have reported catching channel catfish on cut baits, as well.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - February 27th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – When the weather has cooperated, anglers are catching a few saugeyes and crappies below the spillway at Dillon, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. Focus your efforts on the spillway when it is running clear. Crappies should bite well on jig and minnow combinations or jigging Rapalas.
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. There is anywhere from six to eight inches of ice on the lake. A very few anglers are managing to catch ‘eyes, while many more are catching crappies and catfish through the ice. 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

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - February 27th, 2015

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – This lake is ice covered in many spots, but still likely not thick enough to hold anglers. The better bet is to fish the docks near the restaurant for bluegills and crappies. Crappies up to 12 inches have been reported, as have been a few white bass. The best setup has been any jig and live bait combination. Also try waxworms under a bobber or mousies, anglers report.

CJ Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – The safest spot to try your luck fishing through the ice is near the marina, anglers are reporting. Ice thickness varies on other parts of the lake. Always fish in pairs. Successful anglers are catching a few walleyes, according to reports. Try small spoons like Swedish Pimples tipped with a minnow. A jig and minnow combination should entice panfish to bite, too.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - February 20th, 2015

• The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. 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.

The latest cold snap has almost all of Lake Erie covered by ice.

The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory says ice has formed across close to 94 percent of the lake. That’s the highest percentage out of all of the Great Lakes.

Just two years ago at this time of the year, only about half of the lake had ice cover.

Scientists say mid-February is when Lake Erie is usually the coldest.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group in Cleveland reports that the lake has reached 100 percent ice coverage only three times since records have been kept. The most recent time was in 1996.


Where: The best walleye ice fishing has been between Catawba and Camp Perry, and three to five miles off Magee Marsh.
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.

Steelhead fishing opportunities in rivers local to Cleveland Metroparks are rapidly diminishing due to the arctic blast we are in the midst of receiving. The river was offering significantly increased open water with a nice flow and stain following the thaw last weekend, but expect slush and shelf ice to form rapidly over the next several days given the forecast. As a tip, the dam off Station Road in Brecksville Reservation (below the Route 82 bridge) is a popular and often productive spot on the Cuyahoga River in winter, with Cleveland Metroparks owning most of the west bank (with the railroad tracks) and Cuyahoga Valley National Park owning the east bank. Please note: Using live bait, including salmon/trout eggs, is NOT permitted on Cuyahoga Valley National Park land, and rangers have been out checking anglers.

Ice anglers have been out on Cleveland Metropark inland lakes and are doing well. Wallace Lake was stocked with 1,000 pounds of trout recently, and Shadow (500 pounds), Ledge (400 pounds), and Judge's (100 pounds) lakes were stocked recently. Ranger Lake will not be stocked this time. Daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, where it is five per day. Winter trout bite on Power Bait (rainbow and other bright colors have been best) about the size of a marble near the lake bottom with a small sinker, small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, waxworm, minnow, corn) suspended under a float, spawn sacks, and small to medium size jigging spoons (like Swedish Pimple or Forage Minnow). It is always a good strategy to try a variety of offerings when pursuing trout on Cleveland Metropark lakes until you find what they are in the mood for.

Reports from the Lake Erie marinas and harbors indicated slow fishing recently. Marinas at E. 55th, Edgewater, and Wildwood parks on Lake Erie can all be worth a look from ice anglers. Much of the ice around Edgewater Marina is rougher from breaking up and refreezing. Ice in these windswept areas along the lakefront is thicker than most inland areas at this time.  Anglers are pursuing panfish such as bluegill, crappie, and yellow perch using small jigs tipped with waxworms or maggots. The most successful anglers move often and use electronics (Vexilar unit, for example) to find the fish. Steelhead can also be found roaming the marinas, and will bite on the same baits they will in the rivers. A few quality size northern pike are also around in winter. One strategy is to use one or two jigging/bait rods and then set up to six tip-ups per angler using larger live minnows for predators like steelhead and pike. Unlike inland Metroparks waters, you can fish the Lake Erie marinas 24 hours a day.

Cleveland Metroparks


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