North West Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

 Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (137 acres; Hancock County) - Bluegill: have been biting on red worms. The best locations have been in the northeast corner and the best time of day has been in the morning. Saugeye: During summer, try drifting or trolling the shoreline at night with crankbaits or worm harnesses. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9-horsepower motor restriction. 

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North East Ohio Fishing Reports

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Berlin Lake (3,321 acres; Stark, Portage and Mahoning counties) - Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats at Berlin Lake during the day, but there is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake at night. Walleye: have been biting well near the deep structure north of Route 224. Jig and leech combinations, crawler harnesses, and shad-style crankbaits fished in at least 15-feet of water have all been productive. Catfish: Crawler harnesses are producing lots of bonus catfish.

Pymatuning Lake (16,349 acres; Ashtabula County) - Pymatuning Lake is located in southeastern Ashtabula County and is approximately 1 mile east of Andover, Ohio, and 1 mile north of Jamestown, Pa. A 20-horsepower motor limit is in effect. Catfish: Try using nightcrawlers and chicken livers fished near the bottom. Crappie: are hitting in 10-to-12-feet of water on minnows fished near the bottom under a bobber. Bluegill: are being caught 6-to-8 feet deep on worms. Largemouth bass: are hitting buzzbaits near the shore.

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

 Alum Creek Lake (3,192 acres; Delaware County) - As water temperatures have increased, fish have moved to deeper water. Largemouth bass: are being caught off main and secondary points with crankbaits and spinner baits. Saugeye: Trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits close to the bottom in 12-to-14-feet of water along points can produce saugeye, especially at dawn and dusk. Muskellunge: can provide good action this time of year. Try trolling crankbaits across points and along riprapped shorelines. 

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South East Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) - Smallmouth bass: Try the area of the river from Enterprise to Nelsonville, or at White’s Mill in Athens. The best smallmouth fishing tends to be in the pools and near submerged cover, rocks, or root systems. Successful baits include minnows, Rooster tails, soft craws, and twisters. Any of these can be effective when fished from canoes or the shoreline. Channel catfish: Try using cut bait, bluegill, and minnows. Target the rocky shorelines or woody debris in slack water. The eddy below White’s Mill in Athens is very popular, and shovelhead catfish can be caught there as well.

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - July 18th, 2014

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish: are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye: are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait on the Butler County side of lake. Keep the bait between 10-to-12 feet deep for the best results. Crappie: are hitting on minnows fished 6-to-8 feet under a bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Western Basin


Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent northeast of the gravel pit, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, south of Middle Sister Island, northwest of West Sister Island, north of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, from west of Rattlesnake Island to Northwest Reef, and east of Kelleys Island.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers, and also spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow Perch

Where: Yellow perch fishing effort has been low with most good reports coming from between Green and Rattlesnake islands, and around Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around island shorelines in less than 25-feet of water.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs and also crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin


Where: Fishing has been excellent around Ruggles Reef, on the Lorain dumping ground, in 40-to-60-feet of water north of Cleveland, in 50-to-65-feet of water northwest of Fairport Harbor, in 55-to-68-feet of water north-northwest of Geneva, and in 42-to-70-feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula.
How: Anglers are using divers with worm harnesses and pink, white, green, and purple spoons.

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching fish in 30-to-50-feet of water north of Cleveland, Wildwood Park and Chagrin River. Good fishing was reported in 43-to-48-feet of water northeast and west of Ashtabula, and in 40-feet of water north-northwest Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the west and east pier of the Grand River.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass

Where: Fishing has been excellent in 17-to-22-feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using drop shot rigs with tubes baits, leeches and soft craws.

White bass

Where: Boat anglers are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 20-to-40-feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the Cleveland piers, Eastlake CEI pier and the east and west piers on the Grand River with the evenings being the best.
How: Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails, small spoons, and spinners.

Channel Catfish

Where: Fishing has been slowed down along the Grand River.
How: Anglers are using nightcrawlers and large chubs. 

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