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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Water clarity is not the best on this Logan County lake, but anglers are still catching fish. The popular areas to try right now are Longview and Paradise Island. Anglers are catching both saugeyes and crappies on a variety of baits, including jigs and blade baits. Fish the pads for crappies in areas where they are accessible. Crappies will be hanging out near downed timber right now, so focus your efforts on those spots. Crappies are running large, according to reports, with most of the fish in the nine- to 11-inch range.

Nettle Lake (Williams County) – Nettle Lake is 115 acres in size with 3.8 miles of shoreline. Most of the shoreline is privately owned, which limits public access, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. A public boat ramp is located off County Road 4.75 at the southwest corner of the lake. Anglers should have good luck this time of year fishing for crappies. Try fishing under the privately owned boat docks from a boat. Anglers should also try for crappies using minnows along the edges in the emerging lily pads. Nettle Lake has some unique boating regulations that anglers need to be aware of. There is no horsepower limit; however, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., boats must operate at an idle speed. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. there are no speed restrictions.

Maumee River (Lucas County) – As of the time of this writing, the peak of the walleye run was happening on the Maumee River. The run should last until the end of April or thereabouts. Anglers are reporting catching many jacks in the 16- to 19-inch range and spawned out females that are even bigger, up to 26 inches. Rain over the week of April 6 pushed a lot of jacks and females into the river. Who knows how long the good bite will last?

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are catching walleyes this spring on this large Trumbull County lake, according to Vienna-area angler Mike Mainhart. A few walleyes have topped 16 inches and are being caught on soft plastics in orange. A few crappies are also being caught on Gulp minnows in chartreuse patterns. 

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. Yellow perch are biting on the same baits, though they’re tending to be in shallower water.

Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – Anglers are using plastic swimbaits to entice the panfish bite from bluegills and crappies at this Portage Lake. Fish anywhere from five to 10 feet of water for the best bite. Minnows are taking fish, too, anglers report. Waxworms under a bobber would also be a good bet. There’s enough bluegills in this lake to keep a kid (or an adult!) busy for hours.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are catching largemouth bass in places on Buckeye that are accessible, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Crappies are being caught in the Fairfield channel, Mathie reports. One shore fishermen who won’t give up his location recently caught a bucketfull of crappies and bluegills on straight minnows, Mathie said. The smallest bluegill was eight inches and the crappies were all 11 to 13 inches. Saugeye anglers are fishing the northwest point of Lieb’s Island with some success. “The channels are pretty much out of the question,” due to low water levels, Mathie said.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992

Alum Creek Lake (3,269 acres; Delaware County) – Anglers are reportedly catching crappies in 10-15 feet of water in various spots on this central Ohio lake. The popular presentation has been chartreuse jigs in 1⁄4 to 1⁄8-ounce. Crappies are staging in deep water close to spawning sites. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to harvest. For saugeyes, try minnow imitating crankbaits fished off of points. Some anglers are fishing below the spillway this early spring and catching some fish.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - April 24th, 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. Not many folks are even attempting to fish the reservoir, said Mathie. Still, some are catching bluegills, crappies, and saugeyes on blade baits and jig and minnow combinations. “If you hit the right spot, you could have a pretty good day,” Mathie said.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992 

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers who are hitting the back bays on this southeast Ohio lake near Cambridge are catching some largemouth bass. Try inline spinnerbaits or crankbaits in perch patterns for the best bite. Anglers are also catching the occasional catfish and white bass in some of these same spots on the same offerings. 

Lake Hope (120 acres; Vinton County) – Try using a variety of artificial baits, including shallow running crankbaits for largemouth bass. For crappies and bluegills, fish live bait, including waxworms and nightcrawlers under a bobber. A decent rainfall event will create some great conditions for channel cats. Try fishing the bottom using cut bait in the evenings or early mornings, especially as temperatures begin to climb.

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - April 24th, 2015

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – The catch is a mixed bag of fish right now on this Champaign County lake. Anglers are catching bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, and hybrid striped bass. Crappies are reportedly of some good size – fish up to 13 inches are being caught. Use minnows under a slip bobber for the best bite.

C.J. Brown Reservoir (1,970 acres, 14 miles of shoreline; Clark County) – Try early morning boat fishing for walleyes using jigs tipped with a nightcrawler over the mid-lake humps and in the north end of the lake. Remember there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleye. Bluegills can be caught around the rocky shorelines of the dam and the marina. Also, try fishing the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground. Use waxworms or red worms fished under a bobber for bluegill.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton, and Greene counties) – Anglers fishing this large impoundment in early spring are targetting spotted bass and largemouth bass with some success. Try using a jerkbait fished slowly for the best bite. Fish have ranged in size from 15 to 20 inches.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

• 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 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. 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 5 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for black bass is 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent for anglers trolling, mostly around the eastern and northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range. Fish have also been caught by jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.
How: Anglers trolling have been using crankbaits (Rapala Deep Husky Jerks and deep diving Reef Runners) at speeds from 1.0 mph to 1.6 mph. Anglers jigging are catching fish on hair jigs and blade baits.
The steelhead fishing this past week had been very good in the Rocky River and other area streams until rain muddied the waters, according to a report from Cleveland Metroparks. With more rain in the forecast, stream conditions this weekend are likely to remain elevated and muddy, but when the river levels drop expect the excellent steelhead fishing to continue. The same goes for stocked trout in the East Branch Rocky River. Earlier, anglers reported excellent steelhead fishing throughout the river, with many spawning fish further upstream (around Cedar Point Road), and fresh fish entering the river farther north. 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), and egg and streamer fly patterns. Lake-run smallmouth bass are just beginning to trickle into the system, and lots of lake-run white suckers are currently in the river. A worm or small jig/flies fished near the river bottom will often catch plenty of suckers.
Trout fishing at several lakes has been excellent, with 350 pounds of trout stocked in Wallace Lake recently. Hinckley Lake (2,500 trout) and Shadow Lake (500 trout) were stocked by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and have also been giving up lots of trout, although Hinckley Lake was muddy from rain. Ledge and Judge’s lakes both still have some trout remaining, as well. Please 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 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. As an added bonus, several hundred quality size bluegill, largemouth bass, and white crappie were stocked in Wallace Lake recently.
The East Branch Rocky River was stocked with 350 pounds of rainbow trout between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. This area has been stocked three weeks in a row. Trout were biting excellent in the river before it was muddied by rain. NOTE: the limit on any trout in the river, whether stocked catchable size or steelhead, is only two per day/angler with a 12-inch minimum size limit.

Cleveland Metroparks

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