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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — With a few more cold days in a row, anglers should be able to get on the ice relatively soon. Always, always check with local bait stores or the DNR Division of Wildlife in Findlay for current ice conditions before venturing out. When the ice is thick enough to fish, anglers can catch walleyes and yellow perch. Try the areas near the main boat ramp for best results.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties)  Fishermen are trying their luck through the ice on some of the channels of Grand Lake St. Marys. Be careful, though, as reports are indicating that ice is three to four inches thick in some areas and then just one inch thick relatively close by. Probably best to give this lake another week or so before venturing out. The anglers who are fishing the lake now are concentrating their efforts on some of the lake’s back channels. Crappies are the name of the game at this lake and they can be caught on ice jigs tipped with a waxworm, piece of nightcrawler, or minnow. 

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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 - January 29th, 2016o

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers are catching good numbers of crappies from nine to 14 inches where there is still open water on this central Ohio lake. However, skim ice covers most of the lake at this time. A prolonged cold snap could get ice anglers on the lake in the next couple of weeks.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) — Buckeye Lake has been making ice for about a week and some anglers are catching slab crappies and saugeyes. Try the Fairfield Beach area or the marsh area for the best panfish and saugeye bite.

Indian Lake (Logan County) — Anglers have been hitting this Logan County lake for the past week or so, fishing through about four inches of ice, according to angler reports. Most of the action is concentrated in the bays of the lake, but be cautious of currents and drop-off points where the ice may not be as thick. As always, exercise extreme caution when ice fishing this lake. Successful anglers are catching crappies and saugeyes on ice jig and minnow combinations. North Fork and Long Island have been popular areas to try in the early ice season.

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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 - January 29th, 2016

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) — Historically, this is one of the best lakes in the state for ice fishing, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Ice thickness reports as of Jan. 19 varied from 3 to 31⁄2 inches. The DNR always recommends at least four inches of ice before venturing out. In case we do get good ice, anglers can expect to catch good numbers of panfish on this Champaign County lake. Try jig and minnow combos or waxworms under an ice bobber.

C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) — Ice thickness varies from place to place here. Some anglers are drilling holes near the marina, but are not reporting much of a bite. Walleyes are stocked in this lake and typically can be caught on ice jigs tipped with a minnow. Also, try the always tried and true waxworm to entice the panfish bite. As always, be absolutely certain that the ice is thick enough to hold a person if you decide the venture out.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

• The bag limit for walleyes 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 two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.


Where: Fishing was excellent last weekend with unseasonably warm and calm January weather. The best area was southeast of South Bass Island. The recent cold weather is freezing protected harbors and will limit boat access to the main lake.

How: Most walleyes have been caught by trolling with crankbaits.

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye. Local streams have iced up this week, making steelhead fishing much more challenging.

The Rocky River and other area streams have good numbers of steelhead present, but icy conditions are making for challenging fishing. Ice and slush have been worst in the Rocky River in the mornings. The Cuyahoga River is among the last of Cleveland Metropark streams to get slushy. It is not stocked, but does get a decent number of stray steelhead. Brightly colored spawn sacks, jigs tipped with grubs, live or salted minnows, rubber baits, and various flies have all taken a share of the fish over the past two weeks.

A thin crust of ice has formed over most Cleveland Metroparks inland lakes and ponds recently, although not thick enough for ice fishing. A total of 3,000 pounds of trout were stocked in Metroparks lakes in December, as follows: Wallace Lake (1,250 pounds), Shadow Lake (700 pounds), Ledge Lake (550 pounds), Judge’s Lake (250 pounds), and Ranger Lake (250 pounds).  Winter trout bite well on PowerBait, canned corn, jigs tipped with a few maggots/waxworms, and jigging spoons. 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 and Erie Canal. The second (and final) round of winter trout were scheduled to go into the same lakes on Jan. 19-20.

Since ice fishing is (hopefully) right around the corner, Cleveland Metroparks offers some advice: Most state conservation agencies recommend at least four inches of solid ice before anglers should venture out to ice fish, and in Cleveland Metroparks it is the angler’s responsibility to check that. One method is to use a spud bar near shore and check the ice thickness, and if it is greater than four inches then walk out a little farther and check again. Ice is often thinnest right at the water’s edge and around inlets and outlets of the waterbody. Other safety tips are to always fish with a friend, let someone know where you’ll be, and focus on areas near where other anglers are already fishing.

Steelhead, yellow perch, and night walleye fishing opportunities are available at Edgewater, 55th, and E. 72nd/Gordon parks from the shore when conditions allow. Steelhead anglers typically use small jigs tipped with maggots, minnows, or worms under small bobbers. Walleye anglers cast Husky Jerk and Perfect 10 stickbaits. Perch anglers fish crappie rigs with live or salted emerald shiners on the lake bottom. Be aware that shoreline rocks can be dangerous when covered by a thin layer of ice.

Cleveland Metroparks,

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