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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - February 12th, 2016

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — With no ice in the foreseeable future, hope for open water at this Hancock County lake in the city of Findlay. This lake is a good spot to catch walleyes and yellow perch when conditions are right.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize, and Mercer counties) - The ice was already relatively thin on Grand Lake St. Marys before temperatures in the 50s hit the last weekend in January. If we get open water anytime soon, this lake is a good place to catch crappies and maybe even some yellow perch. The state has stocked perch here in recent years in good numbers.

Northeast Region

Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) — The ice, as of Feb. 2, was still holding on, but as we always say put safety first. Check the ice thickness before venturing onto it. The DNR Division of Wildlife recommends at least four inches of ice to support a fisherman. Anglers who are fishing here are having decent success at the point off the lodge. Crappies have been caught, ranging in size from nine to 11 inches.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) — Ice reports on this northeast Ohio lake have varied, but it doesn’t sound like much of anything is going on just yet. In the event that the ice does become suitable for anglers, try ice jig and minnow combinations for walleyes, crappies, and bluegills. Check with local tackle shops for current ice reports.

Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County) — Angler reports indicate that the remaining ice on this Portage Lake is not safe, as of Feb. 2. Colder temperatures are in the long-range forecast, so it might be possible for the ice to come back on this lake. If it does, anglers can expect to catch panfish here on jig and minnow combinations or waxworms.

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) — In most winters, the area near the state lodge has been a good bet for ice fishermen. It is unclear if anyone has yet tried to get on the ice here, so make sure to gather all the information you can on ice thickness before venturing out. If the ice does become thick enough to fish in the next couple of weeks, anglers should do well on crappies, bluegills, and saugeyes.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) — Ice reports on this northeast Ohio lake have varied, but it doesn’t sound like much of anything is going on just yet. Give it a week or so before venturing out on the ice. In the event that the ice does become suitable for anglers, try ice jig and minnow combinations for walleyes, crappies, and bluegills. Check with local tackle shops for current ice reports.

Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County) — Reports indicate that the ice should be fishable at least  by the weekend of Jan. 23. First ice on this Portage Lake is typically good with anglers pounding the bluegills and crappies. Use ice jigs tipped with live bait or waxworms under an ice bobber for best results.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - February 12th, 2016

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — With thin ice covering most of this central Ohio lake due to the recent warm up, most anglers are fishing from the docks and doing fairly well on crappies and bluegills. The most successful presentation, according to angler reports, has been dead sticking a minnow.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) —  As of Feb. 2, angler reports indicate there is no more safe ice at Buckeye Lake after the weekend warm up. If you can find a dock to fish, that might be your best bet. For now, ice fishing the lake is a non-starter.

Indian Lake (Logan County) — Anglers have been fishing the Long and Pony island areas, but the ice is getting spotty in most places, according to angler reports. Fishermen had been catching crappies and yellow perch through the ice before a drastic warm up the last weekend of January.

Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, and Pickaway counties) – Anglers fishing the spillway have had spotty success for saugeyes and crappies at Deer Creek Lake. The popular setups, as always, have been jig and minnow combinations and jerkbaits.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Southeast Region

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) — Anglers fishing below the spillway on this popular Muskingum County lake have been catching crappies and a few saugeyes. The ‘eyes have been running in the small 11- to 13-inch range, however. The crappie bite has been better, though. Try waxworms fished on a jig or minnow and jig combinations.

Seneca Lake (Noble and Guernsey counties) — Fishermen trying their luck below the spillway are catching a few fish, according to reports. Crappies and bluegills fill out the catch in most instances with the larger fish going up to 12 inches. Try live bait and jig combinations.

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Southwest Ohio Fishing Report - February 12th, 2016

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) — Before the weekend warm up the last weekend in January, Kiser Lake was giving up good numbers of panfish through five to six inches of ice. All bets are off now, though, as temperatures in the 50s likely deteriorated much of the good ice. In case the ice comes back on, the successful setup has been a jig and minnow combination, jigged slowly. Catches of crappies, perch, bluegills, and even some small bass have been reported.

C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) — Anglers had been fishing through the ice here, but as the report goes with all of these lakes in southern Ohio, that ice is likely deteriorated now. Anglers fishing near the docks were catching good numbers of crappies and bluegills before the ice melted away.

Southeast Region

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) — Anglers fishing below the spillway on this popular Muskingum County lake have been catching crappies and a few saugeyes. The ‘eyes have been running in the small 11- to 13-inch range, however. The crappie bite has been better, though. Try waxworms fished on a jig or minnow and jig combinations.

Seneca Lake (Noble and Guernsey counties) — Fishermen trying their luck below the spillway are catching a few fish, according to reports. Crappies and bluegills fill out the catch in most instances with the larger fish going up to 12 inches. Try live bait and jig combinations.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - February 12th, 2016

• The bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler through the end of the month. It is four starting March 1. 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 five fish per angler The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

Unseasonably warm weather has ended most, if not all, ice-fishing opportunities on Lake Erie, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Anglers fishing from boats need to be cautious of floating ice. Wind and current can move floating ice quickly and potentially block access to ramps that were open earlier in the day.

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye. This week, Cleveland Metroparks has good news for steelhead anglers and bad news for ice fishers. There is a growing amount of open water on the Rocky River this week, and the water has a good green stain and flow. Ice conditions, on the other hand, have deteriorated to the point of being very thin and unsafe.

Weekend steelhead opportunities will be contingent upon how much rain we receive, so anglers are advised to check the flow gauge data before embarking on a trip. The Chagrin RiverCuyahoga River, and several smaller tributaries are also offering increased open water this week.  Brightly colored spawn sacks, jigs tipped with grubs, live or salted minnows, rubber baits, and slow wobbling plugs can all entice lethargic winter steelhead into biting.

The thaw over the past week has chased ice fishers from Cleveland Metroparks’ smaller inland lakes. Ice is not safe to walk on at this time! Anglers can fish areas along the lake margins where the water drops off quickly from shore, such as docks. There are increasing spots of open water where there are stormwater inputs into our lakes, as well. Trout were stocked at Wallace (1,400 pounds) and Ranger (100 pounds) lakes, and Metroparks planned to stock Shadow, Ledge, and Judge’s lakes on Jan. 31. Back in December, 3,000 pounds of trout were distributed among these same lakes. Winter trout bite well on jigging spoons, small jigs tipped with a few maggots/waxwormsPowerBait, live minnows, and small spawn sacks. Please note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams two/day, minimum size 12 inches (this includes steelhead), three/day, no size limit at Wallace, Ledge, Judge’s and Ranger lakes, and five/day, no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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