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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Anglers fishing for saugeyes here are finding fairly good luck. Fish are well distributed throughout the lake, according to angler reports, and can be caught on a variety of offerings from swimbaits to crankbaits to jig and minnow combinations. Saugeyes have ranged from 15 to 24 inches.

Scioto River (Huron County) – Channel catfish should be biting this time of year. The river can be accessed near Mount Victory, on Township Road 150, just east of the Township Road 245 intersection. The best fishing is usually at night. Try fishing nightcrawlers tight lined near the bottom.

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 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.

Muddy Creek (Sandusky County) – Catfish should be biting the for next couple of months. Anglers can access the water at the State Route 53 bridge. The best successes have come from fishing chicken livers or cut bait tight lined on the bottom.

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – Anglers pursuing catfish should continue to have success in the river. Good access points include areas along County Road 129, at the sand docks, and at the Ballville Dam in Fremont.  

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

 Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers trolling deep water during daylight hours are catching walleyes at this large Trumbull County lake, according to local angler reports. Soon, anglers drifting nightcrawlers should be able to hook some walleyes. The popular bait continues to be Flicker Shad in purple patterns.

Niles Gander Mountain, 330-544-5800

Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Anglers are catching a good number of yellow perch and crappies on this lake that spans the eastern border between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Crappies are coming in anywhere from 15 to 25 feet of water by anglers using minnows under a bobber or waxworms. Crappies have been large, some running up to 15 inches, according to angler reports. The crappie bite started out slow this spring, but is turning on as the temperatures warm, anglers report.
Niles Gander Mountain, 330-544-5800

Dale Walborn Reservoir (Portage County) – Crappies continue to bite well, with some larger sized fish being taken. Minnows and worms under a bobber continue to produce these tasty panfish. In addition, anglers fishing live bait have been taking good numbers of channel catfish, typically ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Bobber rigs, as well as slip sinker rigs with nightcrawlers, have been particularly effective. The shoreline bite has been hot for sunfish, although these fish have run small. Try waxworms one to two feet below a bobber for fast action. A few bass have also been taken, and the sizes are good. Try using crankbaits, soft plastics, or top-water lures.

Berlin Lake (Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties) – Walleyes are biting well. Anglers are taking good numbers of keeper fish on small jigs tipped with leeches or trolling worm harnesses. Bluegills are biting near the shore, as well, using waxworms or nightcrawlers a couple feet below a bobber. The warm weather has the channel catfish moving too, with nightcrawlers on slip sinker rigs being the bait of choice. The Route 14 bridge has been a hot spot. Top- water baits and tube jigs have produced occasional good catches of bass.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

 Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – If you can find any water depth, you can still fish this central Ohio lake, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Anglers fishing the points off Fairfield Beach are catching saugeyes and crappies on jig and minnow combinations. The crossover from the boat ramps to Millersport should hold a little bit of water right now, and Mathie recommends fishing this spot for saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) - This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus consistently provides quality crappie fishing. Crappies move to deeper areas with cover as the water temperature warms. Try fishing drop-offs with stumps or other wood. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, especially in the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover, riprap, and secondary drop-offs with crankbaits, tubes, and creature baits.

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Crappies are very active in the north end of the lake. Target submerged cover with minnows suspended under a bobber. Fish shoreline cover throughout the lake with small worms and larval baits suspended beneath a bobber when seeking bluegills. Areas along the west shoreline that have fallen trees and brush piles are good places to fish for largemouth bass. Try a variety of creature baits, lizards, and tubes for best results. Channel catfish can be taken in the upper section of the reservoir. Use cut baits, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

 Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Successful catches of bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout are always reported this time of year. From the boardwalk, try fishing worms under bobbers for bluegills. Trout can be caught on flavored baits fished off the bottom near the boat dock. Fish for catfish all along the lake shoreline on the bottom using cut bait or nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass in the 17- to 18-inch range can be reeled in on a variety of artificial baits in the coves of the northwest bank, between the dock and the beach. Largemouth bass and an occasional spotted bass can also be caught on a variety of artificial baits fished near the headwaters of the lake near the point.

Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Try fishing for largemouth bass with green-colored crankbaits. Cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas and reel in slowly. Channel catfish can be fished at night using cut baits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers fishing for bass on this lake near Cambridge are catching the occasional muskie. Some fish have topped 40 inches in recent weeks, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. The muskies, Mathie says, “just go nuts at this time of year when they’re spawning.” Try jerkbaits to entice the muskie bite or the bass bite.

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Anglers fishing below the spillway are targetting saugeyes with some regularity and the bite is reportedly spotty, says Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. On the main lake, fishermen are catching bluegills and crappies. Focus your efforts in areas with woody cover.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992  

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Southwest Ohio Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

 Adams Lake (Adams County) – Anglers should have good success fishing from the shoreline. Bluegills and crappies can be caught on nightcrawlers and waxworms. This is a great place for fishing with youth. Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank. Fish are hitting around 18 inches deep.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Saugeye action is heating up, with anglers taking better numbers of 13- to 20-inch fish. Try casting a jig tipped with a piece of nightcrawler, and hop it along the bottom in five to 12 feet of water near the beach. If you prefer trolling, saugeyes can be taken on shad patterned medium or deep diving crankbaits. A lot of seven- to eight-inch crappies are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fished near submerged trees six to 15 feet deep. Bluegills can be caught on red worms or waxworms near boat docks or the edges of lily pads.

Lake Loramie (Shelby County) – Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom. Bluegills have been caught recently around boat docks, riprap shorelines, and along the edges of lily pads. Try using small jigs tipped with waxworms fished just one to two feet under a small bobber.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015

• The bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is sox fish per angler. 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 through May 15. Starting May 16, the daily bag limit increases to 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 in Maumee Bay, near K can of the Camp Perry firing range, on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, north of Mouse Island, and nearshore between

Huron and Lorain.
How: Anglers trolling have caught fish using crankbaits (mostly deep diving Reef Runners) and worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers. Anglers jigging are still catching fish using hair jigs.

Yellow Perch
Where:  Yellow perch have been caught off the Marblehead lighthouse and off Vermilion.
How: Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin
Anglers running planer boards and purple-patterned Reef Runners are catching walleyes in 15 feet of water off rock piles in the Lorain area, according to charter captain Ed Abel. Most walleyes are running large, from 22 to 30 inches or better.
Elsewhere in the central basin, anglers fishing for perch on minnow rigs are also picking up walleyes, according to charter captain Mark Bottone.

The Rocky River is currently exhibiting low and clear conditions, but that could change if the weekend rain proves to be heavy. There are still lots of postspawn (“dropback”) steelhead throughout the river, although the run is beginning to show signs of winding down. Fish will continue to migrate back to Lake Erie over the next few weeks but, for now, appreciate the unseasonably late fishing due to the cool, late spring.  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), as well as egg, nymph, and streamer fly patterns.
The lake-run smallmouth bass fishing has been a highlight, with a three- to four-inch dark brown or olive tube jig being a very effective offering much of the time. Many of these bass are 2-4 pounds and even larger.
Trout remain to be caught at Wallace Lake, Hinckley Lake, and Shadow Lake, according to Cleveland Metroparks. Trout often bite on small jigs tipped with bait (maggots, waxworm, minnow, corn) suspended under a float, spawn sacks, small to medium size spinners (RoosterTail spinners are good), 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. Take note that the daily trout limit is three per day in these waters, with the exception of Shadow Lake, which is five per day. Trout can be expected for a few more weeks until the weather warms appreciably. As an added bonus, just shy of 1,500 quality size bluegill, largemouth bass, and white crappie were stocked in Wallace and Shadow lakes in April, as well.
The spring trout stocking of the East Branch Rocky River concluded recently with 500 pounds of rainbow trout released between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. This stretch of river was stocked for five weeks in a row, and plenty of trout remain and are well distributed along that entire stretch. Trout have been biting well on PowerBait, small jigs tipped with maggots, salmon eggs, and small spinners. NOTE: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day per angler with a 12-inch minimum size limit.
Anglers fishing the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie are pursuing walleyes, steelhead, crappies, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a menagerie of panfish species. Many fish can be found prowling the marinas and other nearshore areas. The postspawn walleye night bite has been good along the Cleveland shoreline, with Edgewater Park, E.55th/E.72nd (Gordon Park), and Wildwood Park all worth a look.  Anglers are primarily casting Husky Jerks, Rattlin Rogues, and Perfect 10 crankbaits for walleyes from the shoreline rocks. Be sure to bring a long-handled landing net and a head lamp.  
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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