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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Beaver Creek Reservoir (110 acres; Seneca County) – Catfish have been biting. Try using shrimp for bait. For large catfish, try drift fishing or balloon fishing. Boats are allowed on the reservoir with electric motors only. 

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – White bass are biting in the Sandusky River near Fremont. Water is muddy, high, and swift, so try using tight lines similar to fishing for catfish, but with a shiner for bait tied above the sinker.

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Anglers fishing for saugeyes here are finding fairly good luck. Fish are well distributed throughout the lake, according to angler reports, and can be caught on a variety of offerings from swimbaits to crankbaits to jig and minnow combinations. Saugeyes have ranged from 15 to 24 inches.

Scioto River (Huron County) – Channel catfish should be biting this time of year. The river can be accessed near Mount Victory, on Township Road 150, just east of the Township Road 245 intersection. The best fishing is usually at night. Try fishing nightcrawlers tight-lined near the bottom. 

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) – This 15-acre lake located on County Road 11, just ½ mile south of County Road 424, should be producing nice bluegills the next two months. The best fishing is usually along the shoreline using waxworms fished under a bobber. There is a public use boat ramp available, but boats are restricted to 10 horsepower motors. In addition, there is a 10-fish daily limit on bluegills and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake.

Muddy Creek (Sandusky County) – Catfish should be biting the next couple of months. Anglers can access the water at the State Route 53 bridge. The best successes have come from fishing chicken livers or cut bait tight-lined on the bottom.

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Mogadore Reservoir (1,104-acres; Portage County) – Owned and operated by the city of Akron, this reservoir is located in the southwestern portion of the county, three miles east of Akron and six miles south of Kent on state Route 43, one mile south of U.S. Route 224. April, May, and June are the best months for catching largemouth bass: cast surface lures, crankbaits, or spinners toward shore and retrieve at moderate speed. For crappies, use live minnows and jigs, particularly in stumpy areas. Fishing from shore is somewhat limited, but the entire reservoir is available for boat fishing. Outboard motors are limited to electric only.

Silver Creek Lake (46-acres; Summit County) – Owned and operated by Summit County Metro Parks, this reservoir is about two miles south of the city of Norton, approximately one mile north of state Route 585 off Medina Line Road. Silver Creek Lake is contained within Silver Creek Metro Park. Largemouth bass and bluegills can be captured close to shore, especially during the spring and again in the fall. For largemouth bass, use spinner baits, surface lures, and plastic worms. For bluegills and other sunfish, use waxworms, maggots, or small worms. 

Mosquito Creek Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) – Mosquito Creek Lake is within Mosquito Lake State Park in Trumbull County approximately 1 mile west of state Route 5 in Cortland. Five maintained boat-launch ramps in addition to 250 docks (available for seasonal rental) are provide convenient access around this lake. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Walleyes seem to be the hot bite at Mosquito Lake. Small jigs tipped with a minnow at the right spot will be sure to keep your rod busy. Focus your time on woody snags or other structure in bays where the water tends to warm up quicker or in deeper water (eight to 12 feet) on the edge of weed beds. 

Wingfoot Lake (444 acres; Portage County) – Wingfoot Lake lies within Wingfoot Lake State Park, in southwestern Portage County, three miles east of Akron and eight miles south of Kent, west of state Route 43, one half mile south of U.S. Route 224. Boats are allowed on Wingfoot Lake, but they must be propelled by outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. For crappie, live minnows and jigs fished in six to eight feet of water are producing some nice slabs. Anglers are reporting that most of the fish are being caught toward the bottom. Real nice bonus perch are being caught by anglers while crappie fishing. Stick with the same bait, setup, and locations as crappie for a chance to pull in some nice perch.

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. Crappies have been large, some running up to 15 inches, according to angler reports. The crappie bite started out slow this spring, but is turning on as the temperatures warm, anglers report.

Dale Walborn Reservoir (Portage County) – Crappies continue to bite well, with some larger sized fish being taken. Minnows and worms under a bobber continue to produce these tasty panfish. In addition, anglers fishing live bait have been taking good numbers of channel catfish, typically ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Bobber rigs, as well as slip sinker rigs with nightcrawlers, have been particularly effective. The shoreline bite has been hot for sunfish, although these fish have run small. Try waxworms one to two feet below a bobber for fast action. A few bass have also been taken, and the sizes are good. Try using crankbaits, soft plastics, or topwater lures.

Berlin Lake (Mahoning, Portage, Stark counties) – Walleyes are biting well. Anglers are taking good numbers of keeper fish on small jigs tipped with leeches or trolling worm harnesses. Bluegills are biting near the shore, as well, using waxworms or nightcrawlers a couple of feet below a bobber. The warm weather has the channel catfish moving too, with nightcrawlers on slip sinker rigs being the bait of choice. The Route 14 bridge has been a hot spot. Topwater baits and tube jigs have produced occasional good catches of bass.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Alum Creek Lake (3,269 acres; Delaware County) – Fishing jigs and minnows suspended by a float around woody cover in the upper end of the lake and in coves is a good way to catch crappies. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. For white bass, use minnows, jigs, and small spinners in the upper end of the lake north of Howard Road. White bass are also available in the creek itself, at Kilbourne. The area above Howard Road has good numbers of channel catfish. Try using cut shad for good results.

Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) – For largemouth bass, fish plastic baits and crankbaits in and along lily pads on the south side of the lake and near woody cover on the north shore. As the water warms, bluegills can be caught in shallow water areas using nightcrawlers or waxworms fished under a bobber. Fly-fishing for bluegills using floating flies and spiders can also be very productive and exciting. Chicken livers fished on the lake bottom can reward an angler with channel catfish or hybrid striped bass. No motors are allowed on this lake.

Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) – White bass are the hot fish at Hoover Reservoir right now. Try using small spinners and jigs in Big Walnut Creek north of the reservoir. Crappies are also active right now, they can be caught in two to four feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows or twister tails fished around woody cover. For largemouth bass, May is the time to fish shoreline cover with lures like tube baits, jig and pig, and jerkbaits. There is a 10-horsepower motor limit at this reservoir. 

 O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (912 acres; Delaware County) – Crappies are very active in the north end of the lake; target submerged cover using minnows suspended under a bobber. For bluegills, fish shoreline cover throughout the lake with small worms and larval baits suspended beneath a bobber. For largemouth bass, fishing areas with shoreline cover such as trees and brush piles can be productive. Try a variety of creature baits, lizards, and tubes for best results. Channel catfish can be taken in the upper section of the reservoir. Use cut baits, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – If you can find any water depth, you can still fish this central Ohio lake. Anglers fishing the points off Fairfield Beach are catching saugeyes and crappies on jig and minnow combinations. The crossover from the boat ramps to Millersport should hold a little bit of water right now, and it is recommended to fish this spot for saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus consistently provides quality crappie fishing. Crappies move to deeper areas with cover as the water temperature warms. Try fishing drop-offs with stumps or other wood. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, especially in the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover, riprap, and secondary drop-offs with crankbaits, tubes, and creature baits.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Lake Logan (333 acres; Hocking County) – Saugeyes can be caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows fished in six to 10 feet of water. Also try trolling crankbaits in the same depth. Start looking for white crappies to move into shallower water around shoreline structure to spawn. Focus your effort around wood structure. Try using small jigs tipped with plastic tubes, plastic grubs, or live minnows fished below bobbers in depths less than six feet. Sunfish should be biting well along the shore. Fish a simple waxworm under a bobber.

Monroe Lake (39 acres; Monroe County) – Productive spots for largemouth bass generally include the areas along submerged weed beds or woody cover in six feet of water. Try fishing shallow running crankbaits. Bluegill fishing should be good as temperatures continue to warm. Seek out shallow areas in the upper end of the lake or on the north side of the lake in hopes of catching some of the bluegill on spawning beds. Submerged structure maps of this lake can be obtained by contacting the District 4 office in Athens at (740) 589-9930.

Wills Creek Reservoir (375 acres; Coshocton County) – Saugeyes will concentrate below the dam during high volume water releases. Shallow flats, points, and areas with riprap will also attract saugeyes. Jig-and-twisters, vibrating blade baits, and stick baits are popular in addition to live bait such as minnows. Flathead catfish can be reeled in below the dam and in the tailwaters in the late afternoon and evening hours. Try using nightcrawlers and chicken livers. 

Tycoon Lake (183 acres; Gallia County) – Largemouth bass attract many early anglers at this popular destination. Use rubber worms or spinner baits along the old fencerows or over other submerged structure, such as tree stumps, standing timber, or weed bed edges. Early spring is a great time to fish for crappie. Try using jigs and minnows in two- to eight-foot depths.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Successful catches of bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout are always reported this time of year. From the boardwalk, try fishing worms under bobbers for bluegills. Trout can be caught on flavored baits fished off the bottom near the boat dock. Fish for catfish all along the lake shoreline on the bottom using cut bait or nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass in the 17- to 18-inch range can be reeled in on a variety of artificial baits in the coves of the northwest bank, between the dock and the beach. Largemouth bass and an occasional spotted bass can also be caught on a variety of artificial baits fished near the headwaters of the lake near the point.

Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Try fishing for largemouth bass with green-colored crankbaits. Cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas and reel in slowly. Channel catfish can be fished at night using cut baits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers fishing for bass on this Guernsey County lake near Cambridge are catching the occasional muskie. Some fish have topped 40 inches in recent weeks. Try jerkbaits to entice the muskie bite or the bass bite.

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Anglers fishing below the spillway are targeting saugeyes with some regularity and the bite is reportedly spotty. On the main lake, fishermen are catching bluegills and crappies. Focus your efforts in areas with woody cover.

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Southwest Ohio Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

East Fork Lake (1,971 acres, 32.3 miles of shoreline; Clermont County) – For crappies, try using minnows and jigs with tubes. Chartreuse and white color patterns are working the best currently. Fish are generally being taken in 18 to 24 inches of water. Try fishing around structure, fallen trees, and in the coves.

Rocky Fork Lake (1,992 acres; Highland County) – For saugeyes, anglers are reporting decent fishing. Try crankbaits or trolling with a Shad Rap. Crappies have been hitting between three and four feet. Try using black or chartreuse jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are being taken with crankbaits in water two to six feet deep. 

Cowan Lake (92 acres, 17 miles of shoreline; Clinton County) – The lake is slightly muddy at the moment but many are reporting decent fishing. For crappies, try minnows in four to six feet of water.

Adams Lake (Adams County) – Anglers should have good success fishing from the shoreline. Bluegills and crappies can be caught on nightcrawlers and waxworms. This is a great place for fishing with youth. Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank. Fish are hitting around 18 inches deep.

Lake Loramie (Shelby County) – Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom. Bluegills have been caught recently around boat docks, riprap shorelines, and along the edges of lily pads. Try using small jigs tipped with waxworms fished just one to two feet under a small bobber.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Lake Erie Region

• The daily 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 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

• Possession of black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) is prohibited through June 24.

Western Basin


Where: Over the past week northeast winds have limited walleye fishing success. Walleyes have been caught by anglers trolling northeast of Maumee Bay, along the northern and eastern buoys of the Camp Perry firing range, west of the Bass Islands, near Mouse Island, and north of Kelleys Island. Anglers jigging are still catching fish in Maumee Bay, nearshore west of the Camp Perry firing range, and on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range.

How: Anglers trolling were using deep diving crankbaits or worm harnesses. Jigging with hair jigs and emerald shiners has produced the most fish for anglers jigging.

In late spring, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead, stocked trout, largemouth/smallmouth bass, and panfish. The Rocky River has been elevated and stained much of this week and is slowly on the rise again. River conditions for the weekend will depend on how much additional rain we receive so anglers should consult the flow data prior to heading to the water. Steelhead numbers dropped off notably this past week, although lake-run smallmouth bass numbers in the river have been impressive.  Trout are available in the East Branch Rocky River, as conditions permit, and Cleveland Metropark local ponds and lakes are also offering good opportunities for largemouth bass, and panfish. Walleye fishing has been good around the Cleveland shoreline after dark.

Cleveland Metroparks biologist Mike Durkalec expects a few straggler steelhead to hang out over the next few weeks, but most anglers are hanging up the steelhead gear for the season and switching focus to other species.

Nosing steelhead out of the spotlight lately are increasing numbers of fat and sassy lake-run smallmouth bass. These fish are present in deeper, rocky holes throughout the main branch of the river. Anglers fishing a jig, wooly bugger, live shiner, or other lures/flies that mimic a baitfish have a shot at hooking “the silver and bronze” (a smallmouth or steelhead) in the same day for the next few weeks. For targeting smallmouth specifically an olive or dark brown three- to four-inch tube jig is a great choice. Please consider releasing larger bass, which are on their spawning run. Unlike our steelhead, this excellent fishery is completely self-perpetuating and we want to keep it strong.

Throughout spring, a total of 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River between Route 82 (Royalton Road) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. Although Cleveland Metroparks’ spring stocking program has concluded, plenty of these trout remain when river conditions are amenable to angling. Additionally, Wallace Lake was stocked with trout throughout the winter and spring seasons, and the DNR Division of Wildlife stocked 2,500 trout in Hinckley Lake and 500 trout in Shadow Lake in April. Wallace Lake and the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area will be stocked with trout the third week of May for a kid’s fishing event. Largemouth bass have been biting well at Wallace Lake this week, as well.

Some offerings to consider for trout include PowerBait in a variety of colors, small jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms, salmon eggs, worms, waxworms, minnows, and small lures (such as RoosterTail spinners). Please note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams five/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.

Spring is a good time of year to pursue pre-spawn panfish and largemouth bass at Cleveland Metroparks’ inland lakes and ponds, as well as at protected areas along the Lake Erie shoreline of Cleveland, like the Edgewater boat ramps area and Gordon Park. Northern pike may also be found prowling weedy nearshore areas of the big lake. A white spinnerbait or Husky Jerk are good offerings for spring bass and pike, while a few waxworms suspended under a small bobber works well for sunfish. Crappie bite well on live minnows or small jigs. E. 55th Marina and Emerald Necklace Marina are now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to supply your bait, refreshment, and general boating needs. The walleye night bite around Cleveland was good this week, and shore anglers with long-handled landing nets have been catching walleye on Husky Jerk and Perfect 10 crankbaits.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com 

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