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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — Anglers fishing for perch and walleyes haven’t done much good recently, but a few surprise channel catfish are showing up in the creel. Catfish are biting on the same baits that one would use to catch walleyes and perch – jig tipped with a minnow or straight minnow on a hook under a bobber.

Delta Reservoir No. 2 (Fulton County) – This 50-acre reservoir is located 1½ miles west of State Route 109 on County Road H and features a lot of structure to attract fish. Boat anglers have been catching limits of rainbow trout using small minnows on slip bobbers. Try fishing 15 feet down in 30 feet of water. Flavor-infused baits and small spinners should also produce trout. The reservoir has a boat ramp, but boaters are restricted to using electric motors only.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) – This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegills. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish, but finding it difficult to catch the fish less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of five fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division of Wildlife’s webpage at wildohio.com.

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) – This 15-acre lake located on County Road 11, just ½ mile south of County Road 424 should be producing nice bluegills the next two months. The best fishing is usually along the shoreline, using waxworms fished under a slip bobber. There is a public use boat ramp available, but boats are restricted to 10-horsepower motors. In addition, there is a 10- fish daily limit on bluegills and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake. 

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – Anglers fishing this reservoir are having success catching panfish. Bluegills are being caught in areas of the lake containing blowdowns. Fish minnows under a bobber for the best bite. Some crappies and yellow perch are also being caught in about 10 feet of water, fishing halfway down the water column. Waxworms have been a productive bait as well. Some channel cats are also being caught.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers fishing on the north side of the causeway are catching panfish in bunches. Try using a floating jig tipped with a minnow. Some walleyes are also being caught by fishermen trolling blade baits such as Vib-Es. Fish have ranged anywhere from 15 to 20 inches. Some incidental channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers. Other anglers are trolling worm harnesses outside of weed beds for walleyes. Some catfish anglers have caught shovelheads in the north side of the lake.

Niles Gander Mountain, (330) 544-5800

Pymatuning Reservoir (Ashtabula County) — Anglers are catching some walleyes up to 23 inches by trolling crankbaits and stickbaits. Successful fishermen are trolling in 14 to 20 feet of water. Crappies and yellow perch are also being caught in nine to 10 feet of water by anglers employing jig and minnow combinations or waxworms under a bobber.

Niles Gander Mountain, (330) 544-5800

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – Anglers targetting the old road bed  that traverses the lake are catching some saugeyes. For the best bite, try drifting with nightcrawler harnesses. Crappies, too, can be caught here by anglers who target structure in deeper water. Try the usual jig and minnow combination or waxworms for the panfish bite.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are hitting the spillway after recent storms to catch saugeyes and crappies. Try crankbaits in various sizes for the best bite. Some muskies are also being caught on the main lake. Target areas with woody cover.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) –  Anglers are trolling Flicker Shads and stick baits on the north end of the lake and picking up some saugeyes. Fish have been in anywhere from five to 10 feet of water. Some catfish are also in the mix. Fishermen are also concentrating efforts at Seller’s Point and Lieb’s Island and picking up some saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.

Bob’s Outdoor Supply, (740) 349-0992

Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Anglers fishing topwater baits are catching some largemouth bass, according to reports. Water is high due to recent sustained rains, but some lucky fishermen have had success fishing topwater frogs and other baits. For saugeyes, anglers are trolling Flicker Shads in a variety of colors to pull in fish of up to 20 inches.

Indian Lake (Logan County) — Saugeye anglers are finding fish near Chippewa by trolling Flicker Shad in a variety of patterns. Most of the saugeyes have been between 15 and 20 inches. Concentrate efforts in shallower water, between five and 10 feet deep, anglers report.

Knox Lake (Knox County) — Largemouth bass are the most popular game fish in this lake. Fishing with tubes, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover can be very productive this time of year. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to keep. Crappies are still being caught in nine to 10 feet of water next to woody cover. Channel catfish are being caught lake wide using cut shad and shrimp.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) — Anglers are catching saugeyes and crappies, primarily in the morning hours, on jig and minnow combinations or nightcrawlers. Fish early mornings or evenings to stay out of the heat.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Search out weed edges for the best smallmouth and largemouth bite here, anglers recommend. Anglers are using small crankbaits and topwater baits to entice the bass bite.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching a variety of bluegills and crappies on nightcrawlers and minnows. Fish are running small, however, but there is enough action to keep you busy for an afternoon.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Anglers should have success catching good numbers of catfish throughout the lake fishing with cut baits or livers fished off the bottom. If fishing from shore, try a tight line using chicken livers or nightcrawlers. You should still be able to catch trout using power baits fished off the boardwalk pier. Largemouth bass may still be caught in good numbers using a variety of artificial lures. 

Lake Hope (Vinton County) – Anglers are fishing for largemouth bass on this lake near McArthur in Vinton County. Try topwater baits for the best bite. Look for areas with lily pads and the bass should be there.

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Southwest Ohio Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) — Successful anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with some regularity. The popular setup has been the tried and true jig and minnow or just a minnow on a hook. Also try waxworms under a bobber. Most of the crappies have been running larger, in the 9.5- to 11-inch range. Bluegills are similarly large for this lake. The key, anglers say, is to fish the proper depth in this lake. Try suspending the lure just off the bottom in 10 or so feet of water for the best bite.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties – Crappies are hitting along banks and around downed trees. Anglers should fish in 4 to 11 feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in about 4 to 10 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting wax worms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad. 

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) – Fishermen looking for bass are finding a few largemouths in this southwest Ohio lake. Successful anglers are using Texas-rigged creature baits and tubes in a variety of patterns. Keep switching up colors until you find a productive pattern.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

• The 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 five fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is closed to possession May 1 through June 26 (no harvest). On June 27, the daily bag limit returns to five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin 


Where: Fishing was good over the past week and fish were caught between the Gravel Pit and West Sister Island, east of West Sister Island, north of “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, north of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, around Gull Island Shoal, and north of Kelleys Island Shoal.

How: Anglers trolling have caught fish on spoons behind divers and on worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers casting are using weight forward spinners or mayfly rigs.

Yellow perch

Where: Yellow perch have been caught around the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel and between Kelleys Island and the Marblehead lighthouse.

How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin


Where: Fishing was good two miles north of Lorain. Fishing was excellent off Cleveland in 52 to 55 feet of water, northwest of Fairport in 20 to 30 feet of water, and from Geneva to Ashtabula in 35 to 68 feet of water.

How: Anglers are trolling planer boards and divers with pink and purple spoons and worm harnesses. 

Yellow perch 

Where: Anglers are catching fish with a few limits reported in 36 to 40 feet of water off Cleveland, in 46 feet of water off Ashtabula, and in 48 feet of water off Conneaut. Shore fishing has picked up with a few fish being caught off the E. 55th St. and E. 72nd St. piers in Cleveland and in Fairport Harbor.

How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass 

Where: Fishing has been good in four to 22 feet of water around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using tube jigs, crankbaits, and spinners.

Farm-raised channel catfish were stocked at six locations in Cleveland Metroparks mid-June: Shadow Lake, Ledge Lake, Ranger Lake, Beyer’s Pond, Judge’s Lake, and Oxbow Lagoon.  The Rocky River is elevated and muddy from rain, but expect the good smallmouth bass and catfish fishing to resume as the water level recedes. Walleye fishing off Cleveland has been good overall, but yellow perch fishing remains unseasonably slow. Smallmouth bass are typically found in the deeper, rocky pools of the river during the day in early summer, and often move to the heads of such pools in the early morning and evening hours to feed actively. A dark olive or brown tube jig of about four inches length is one of the best producers of bass in the river. “Smallies” also bite well on live bait (i.e., minnow, crayfish, and leeches), lures (i.e., spinners and minnow plugs), and flies (i.e., crayfish patterns, Clouser minnows, dark brown or olive sculpin or muddler minnow patterns).  Bass of all sizes are abundant in the river, with a healthy number of trophy fish up to (and over) 20 inches available. Note that all smallmouth bass must be released immediately if caught downstream of the Detroit Road bridge through June 26. Rock bass are also present in the same river areas as smallmouth, and can be caught using the same offerings listed above.

Channel catfish and large carp are also present in some of these same areas in the river, and fishing for them can be a laid back and relaxing way to enjoy some time on the water. Good numbers of channel catfish stocked in May also remain to be caught at Wallace Lake and the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area, as well as several smaller Metroparks waters.    Catfishing is usually best during lower light conditions using baits such as nightcrawlers, minnows, chicken liver, and processed dough baits. A good number of larger catfish are moving into the river from Lake Erie on their spawning run. Resident channel catfish are available in the river all summer.

Some large carp (some exceeding 15 pounds) will be found in the northern river reaches throughout the month, as well. Carp can often be caught throughout the day on such bait as canned corn, carp dough baits, worms, or crayfish tails. A growing contingent of fly anglers looking for a challenge are targeting carp with nymphs and crayfish imitations, as well. The key to fishing for either carp or catfish is fishing on (or very near) the river/lake bottom. In addition, freshwater drum (sheepshead), white perch, and bullhead catfish are also abundant in the northern river reaches (north of Morley Ford) in early summer. For the angling generalist, any of the species thus far can be effectively targeted by fishing a nightcrawler worm right on the river bottom with a sinker. Summer means family fishing time for many folks, and panfish fit the bill perfectly. 

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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