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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - July 17th, 2015

Northwest Region

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Reservoir (241 acres; Wyandot County) – Crappies have been biting on minnows. The best location has been south of the boat ramp, and the best time to fish has been mid-day. Channel catfish should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores using nightcrawlers or cut baits fished tightlined on the bottom, or just off bottom using slip bobbers for the best results. There is a 10- horsepower limit on the reservoir. 

Van Wert Reservoirs #1 and #2 (61 and 100 acres; Van Wert County) – Bluegills should be biting at the Van Wert reservoirs this time of year. Anglers should try fishing five to seven feet deep using waxworms under a bobber. The mornings and evenings are usually the best times to fish. At Van Wert #1, try fishing the southeast bank and at Van Wert #2 try along the east bank. Boats are permitted on the reservoirs; however, boaters must obtain a permit from the city of Van Wert. 

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 17th, 2015

Clendening Lake (1,702 acres; Harrison County) – Boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less are permitted on the lake. Largemouth bass have been active and anglers are doing well on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Try working around weedbeds and fallen trees. When the bite slows, try finessing soft plastics. White bass have been actively schooling and can be found by looking for surface activity or circling gulls. Try small spinners or white grubs for fast action.

LaDue Reservoir (1,475 acres; Geauga County) – Largemouth bass have been biting both shallow and deep. Topwater frogs and buzz baits have been effective around shallow weed beds, and crankbaits and rattle baits have been producing offshore. Catfish continue to bite nightcrawlers. For crappies, try minnows or chartreuse jigs fished near the bottom around the Route 44 and 422 overpasses.

Mosquito Creek Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) – For walleyes and crappies, troll small crankbaits and worm harnesses in 11 to 18 feet of water. Spinner baits, plastic worms, crankbaits, and rubber frogs have been the lures of choice for largemouth bass. Focus on shallow structure and riprap areas. Shore and boat anglers have been doing well for yellow perch and sunfish using small live-bait offerings. Both channel and flathead catfish have been biting larger live baits off the bottom.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - July 17th, 2015

Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, use jigs and minnows around woody cover and target water depths of eight to 15 feet. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish are plentiful in this lake. Try using cut bait and shrimp fished on the bottom at night for the best success. Largemouth bass are being caught around cover and on lake points. Use spinner baits and plastics for the best results. Most fish are around 12 inches in length.

Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) –  The best places to find largemouth bass are around shoreline cover and secondary lake points. Bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastics. Channel catfish can be caught using shrimp and cut bait. Target the flats in the north basin at night for the best results. Saugeyes are being caught on the breaks of points in six to 15 feet of water mostly at dawn and dusk. Trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses very close to the bottom are also producing results. There is a 10-horsepower limit at this lake.

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.

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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.

Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) - This lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass (good population of largemouth bass): try plastics, top-water baits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies become more active as the water cools; try using minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover. For bluegills, fish aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms for good results. Fly fishing for bluegills is a good way to learn this fishing technique.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 17th, 2015

Lake White (333 acres; Pike County) – Largemouth and spotted bass may be a little harder to catch this time of year, but they can still be found in the lake. Pay particular attention to visible structure. Artificial lures such as rubber worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits work well. The riprap face of the dam and boat docks are good areas to try. For channel catfish, try fishing chicken livers or nightcrawlers on the bottom. Night fishing is popular with anglers. A great area to target is the upper part of the lake near where Pee Pee Creek enters the lake, especially after a rain.

Monroe Lake (39 acres; Monroe County) – Bluegills and crappies can both be reeled in on live bait, such as minnows, red worms, waxworms, and meal worms. For channel catfish, nightcrawlers fished tightline on the bottom are usually successful. Night fishing is popular during the summer to take advantage of cooler temperatures.

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Southwest Ohio Fishing Report - July 17th, 2015

Acton Lake (590 acres; Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeyes on the Butler County side of the lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait 10 to 12 feet deep for the best results. Bluegills are hitting on waxworms and nightcrawlers fished six to eight feet under a bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties) – Crappies are hitting along banks and around downed trees. Anglers should fish with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. For largemouth bass, jig in about four to 10 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the coves around wood. Channel and shovelhead catfish are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

Grand Lake St. Marys (12,680 acres; Mercer County) – Nighttime is the best opportunity to catch channel catfish. Try using nightcrawlers, cut bait, and/or chicken livers fished on the bottom. For largemouth bass, late night and early morning hours are best. Try spinner baits fished in coves and along docks.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - July 17th, 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 returned to five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin 


Where: Walleye have been caught on the Gravel Pit, northwest of West Sister Island, and along the Canadian border east of Gull 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 near the Toledo harbor light, on the Gravel Pit, around “H” can of the Camp Perry firing range, and around North Bass Island.

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

Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass

Where: Smallmouth bass have been caught on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and along the shorelines of the Bass Islands. Largemouth bass have been caught on the main lake shoreline around Catawba and Marblehead, and in harbors in the same area.

How: Bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits and drop shot rigs. 

Central Basin 


Where: Walleyes have been caught at the weather buoy near the Canadian border. Good fishing was reported north-northwest of the Chagrin River in 50 to 56 feet of water, north of Geneva in 72 feet of water, and northwest of Conneaut in 74 to 75 feet of water. 

How: Anglers are trolling divers or planer boards with divers using pink and purple spoons or blue, purple, pink, and red worm harnesses. 

Yellow Perch 

Where: Anglers are catching fish near the Lorain lighthouse and northwest of Wildwood Park in 42 feet of water. Good fishing was reported north of Ashtabula Lakeshore Park in 50 feet of water and north of Conneaut in 48 feet of water. Fishing from shore has been slow off the shore piers in Cleveland and Fairport Harbor.

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

Smallmouth bass 

Where: Fishing has been very good in 10 to 25 feet of water around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut. 

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

As we move into midsummer, highlight species targeted around Cleveland Metroparks include largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, panfish, channel catfish, and common carp.

Channel catfish and large carp are available throughout area rivers and fishing for them can be a laid back and relaxing way to enjoy some time on the water. A total of 1,500 pounds of farm raised channel catfish were stocked among Shadow, Ledge, Ranger, and Judge’s lakes, Beyer’s Pond, and Oxbow Lagoon. Additionally, lots of catfish stocked in May remain to be caught at Wallace Lake and the Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area.  Catfishing is usually best during lower light conditions using baits such as nightcrawlers, shrimp, minnows, chicken liver, and processed dough baits.

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 on the Rocky) in 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.

Smallmouth bass are typically found in the deeper, rocky pools of the river during the day in 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 some trophy fish up to (and over) 20 inches in length available. It has been very encouraging to see most anglers releasing the larger bass recently so that these fine gamefish can be caught again. Rock bass are also present in the same river areas as smallmouth, and can be caught using the same offerings listed above.

Summer means family fishing time for many folks, and panfish fit the bill perfectly for a leisurely picnic and fishing outing. Anglers seeking panfish have experienced decent fishing at most of the ponds and lakes in the park district in the past week. Crappies, bluegills, and other sunfish species can be taken with a number of offerings, but a waxworm or red worm on a small hook (or tiny jig) suspended under a stick float and fished around a weedbed or shoreline brush is always a good choice. Wallace Lake, Shadow Lake, and Lakefront Reservation are just a few of the many places in the park to wet a line for various panfish species. Largemouth bass fishing is often best in Wallace and Hinckley lakes, although bass can be found in most park waters.  Lots of bass and panfish have been stocked around the park in spring and summer this year.

Rock bass, largemouth bass, white bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, freshwater drum, and sunfish species are biting along the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie on offerings such as tube jigs and live minnows.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com


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