Crappies, walleyes, yellow perch leading the charge
Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Excellent fishing
opportunities exist here for crappie anglers in one of Ohio’s top
crappie lakes. The best fishing is around woody shoreline cover now
through early June. Use small marabou jigs, plastic grubs and
minnows suspended beneath a bobber in these areas. Keeper-crappies
must measure at least nine inches. This is the best time of year to
take white bass as the spawning run moves upstream in the Olentangy
and Whetstone portions of the lake. Fish for saugeyes in the
tailwaters below the dam and on the flats south of Cap Cole
Norton Sporting Goods, 740-726-2616.
Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – Try fishing the shoreline for
crappies or bluegills at this 387-acre lake. Bluegills will measure
between six and eight inches and will bite on wax worms, mealworms,
small earth worms, and tiny plastic tubes suspended below the
smallest bobber possible. Use minnows or plastic crappie grubs
suspended below a slip-bobber to catch crappies ranging from seven
to nine inches. Hybrid striped bass are stocked at this lake and
can be caught on chicken livers fished along the lake bottom. Areas
where aquatic plants are emerging from the water are good spots to
fish for largemouth bass. No motors of any kind (including
electric) are permitted at this lake.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Channel
catfish are being caught using a long shanked hook baited with a
crawdad, leech, shad, or an earthworm. Fish in areas near the
shoreline. Using a slip bobber keep the bait about one to two feet
off of the bottom or fish tightline along the bottom. Let the bait
drift with the current or use a slip bobber. Use a No. 8, 1/0, or
2/0 long shanked hook. Bluegills are being caught using a No.10
sized hook baited with redworms or wax worms or jigs with
chartreuse plastic bodies. Fishing is good on the south side of the
lake. Cast into channels, along the pier, and from the shoreline
into areas with rocks or brush. Keep the bait about one to two feet
deep. Crappies are being caught using jigs with plastic bodies,
curly tails, live minnows, or wax worm as bait. Good color choices
for artificial lures are white, red, pink and chartreuse. Use a No.
8 fine wire hook when fishing with live bait.
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – The Scioto River
north of the reservoir, all the way to Prospect, is the hotspot for
white bass and crappie fishing. White bass can be caught on in-line
spinners in green or chartreuse or on green, chartreuse, or white
twister tails. For catching crappies, try fishing minnows shallow
with a bobber both in the reservoir and above it. Also in the
reservoir, bluegill can be caught on insect larvae or small worms
under a bobber. The best places to find largemouth bass are near
fallen trees and underwater brush on the western bank using
crankbaits or plastic lures.
Muskingum Watershed lakes (Leesville, Tappan, Piedmont,
Clendening) — Piedmont Lake is a must-see for muskie this week.
Anglers have landed several nice muskies in the shallow waters of
Piedmont while fishing for largemouth bass. Try throwing crankbait
and spinner bait into shallower water, about two to six feet deep.
Crappie fishing is also picking up; try 1/16-ounce jigs with
chartreuse or white twisters fished near submerged structure at
about a four foot depth. Water temperature ranges from the high 50s
to the low 60s depending on depth. Piedmont Lake has a
Pitstop/Star Fire Express, 740-633-3170.
Auglaize River (Allen County) – The water is clear and at normal
levels. Rock bass are being taken on crappie jigs near the Agerter
Lima Lake (Allen County) – The water is clear and at normal
level. Crappies and bluegills are being caught in good numbers.
Crappie jigs and minnows fished under a slip bobber are working the
Killdeer Reservoir (Wyandot County) – The water temperature is
54 degrees and the water is clear. The water level is low. Walleyes
in the 15-18 inch range are being caught in the early morning.
Night crawlers and leeches are the best bait. The area around the
island seems to be producing the best results.
Killbuck Creek (Wayne County) – Anglers are catching northern
pike up to 36 inches long in the feeder streams and log jams of
Killbuck Creek. While pike are hitting in the creek throughout the
wildlife area, the whole course of the stream proves to provide
successful results. The best baits are large, live minnows or chubs
and there is no bag limit these long, slender fish. Anglers are
encouraged to determine if a stream bank is on public land or
private before fishing outside the wildlife area. If private,
please obtain written permission before fishing.
Beach City Reservoir and tail-waters (Tuscarawas County) –
Bluegills, saugeyes, crappies, and bullhead catfish are all keeping
anglers very busy at this nearly 200-acre lake located on U.S. 250,
one mile west of State Route 21. Earthworms and wax worms are the
baits of choice for bluegills, live minnows for crappie and
saugeye, and stink bait or chicken livers for the bottom-dwelling
catfish. Ten- to 15-inch saugeye are also found on the bottom and
fishing with jigs of any color seems to be best when tipped with a
minnow or night crawler. Bluegill (ranging 5 to 8 inches) and
crappie (ranging 7 to 10 inches) are associated with woody cover
like dead branches underwater. Anglers are best focusing on the
tail-water area below the dam, as the reservoir has been completely
filled in with sediments for a number of years now. The boat ramp,
as a result, is not officially open. Boaters should proceed with
extreme caution. Horsepower limit is 10.
Tuscarawas River (Stark and Summit counties) – Anglers are
catching two to three pound northern pike and good-sized smallmouth
bass using minnows floated in the current. Pike are feeding
aggressively and bass are preparing to spawn in gravel and rocky
areas of the river. The best access point is about two miles south
of Butternut Road near Massillon in Stark County. Anglers are
encouraged to determine if stream banks are public or private
property. Please obtain permission if stream banks are privately
owned and please do not litter. This is an all-too-common reason
why many landowners do not allow fishing.
Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Anglers are catching crappies by
using live minnows on a No. 8 fine wire hook. Keep the bait about
two to three feet deep. Good fishing hours are in the early morning
and late evening. Still-fish from the shoreline and into areas with
woody debris. Bluegills are biting. Use wax worms on a No. 4 fine
wire hook. Cast from the shore out about five to six feet. Fishing
for bluegills is also good along the handicap and stone piers.
Muskellunge are being caught by anglers fishing in the lake and
spillway. Use muskie jigs or weedy bowls for these incredible fish.
Saugeye are hitting below the spillway. Cast a bass minnow on a No.
4 baitholding hook. In fast moving waters, keep the bait along the
bottom. White bass are being caught by anglers using Rapala lures.
Fish along the Champline Road creek near the bridge.
Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are being caught in
the headwaters by anglers using sucker chubs as bait. Place the
bait on a No. 6, No. 7, or No. 8 sized baitholding hook. Use
several sinkers to keep bait close to the bottom. Crappies are
being caught with crappie minnows. Fish the bait four to seven feet
deep from a boat close to the bank.
Rush Run Lake (Preble County) – Bluegills measuring five to nine
inches are being caught by anglers. Fish the bait under a bobber on
a No. 10 sized hook baited with a wax worm. Cast from the shoreline
into areas with rocks or brush. Keep the bait about five feet deep
and about five feet out from the bank. Trout are being caught using
Berkley PowerBait (rainbow and yellow sparkle). Place the bait on a
No. 12 or No. 14 hook. Fish is good along the piers and
Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – Crappie fishing at Tycoon has been
excellent this spring, with many fish in the 12- to 14-inch range
being caught. Successful anglers have used 1/16-ounce jigs with
white, pearl, and chartreuse split-twister tails and paddle tails
fished in two to eight foot depths near brush piles, stick-ups or
old submerged fencerows. Along with an excellent crappie
population, Tycoon Lake consistently produces top-quality
largemouth bass fishing each year. An 18-inch minimum length limit
is in effect for the entire lake.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Water levels are back to
normal and the temperature has been in the upper 50 degrees over
the weekend in this 2,815-acre lake. Now is the perfect time of
year to fish for crappie around submerged brush piles and structure
using pink and chartreuse twister tails tipped with a minnow. Most
crappie are in the nine to 10 inch range with some fish up to
14-inches being taken.
Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) – The crappie bite is starting to
pick up at this 220-acre lake near Caldwell. Try small spinners in
six to eight feet of water around submerged structure. Structure
location is marked with orange paint or tags along the shore.
Successful anglers reported catching crappie in the seven to nine
inch range. Wolf Run Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
LAKE ERIE REGION
Maumee River: The water temperature is 58 degrees and is at a
normal level. Anglers are catching many limits of walleyes (mostly
males 16 to 20 inches). Early mornings continue to be the best
time. The best areas are at the Flats between the I-475 bridge and
Jerome Road and around Bluegrass Island. Anglers are using floating
and lead head jigs with bright colored twister tails in red, green
& yellow. White bass are also being caught by tight lining with
shiners off the bottom. The outlook for this week should be good,
giving anglers the opportunity to catch both white bass and
Maumee Bait and Tackle, maumeetackle.net
Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – The water temperature is 60
degrees and the river is fairly clear. Anglers are taking white
bass using minnows under bobbers. The best area is around the Sand
Anglers are still catching some walleyes using lead head and
floating jigs with chartreuse and pink colored twister tails. The
best areas are around Roger Young Park and the State Street
Sandusky, Port Clinton: Limits of walleye have been caught on
jigs in Maumee Bay, in 10-14 feet of water from Crane Creek to “K”
can of the Camp Perry firing range, and on the reefs of the Camp
Perry firing range. Purple hair jigs, chartreuse jigs tipped with
minnows, and blade baits have been productive. Large walleye have
been caught by trollers north of the Camp Perry firing range and
northwest of Kelleys Island. Most trollers are using
minnow-imitating stick baits behind inline planer boards fished in
the top half of the water column, but worm harnesses on bottom
bouncers are also starting to catch some fish.
Yellow perch fishing has been excellent. Limits of perch were
caught south of Kelleys Island toward Marblehead and Cedar Point.
Most perch have been 8 to 10 inches with many up to 13 inches.
Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the
The walleye daily bag limit is four fish through April 30. A
15-inch minimum keeper size for walleye remains in effect for the
entire season. The Lake Erie daily bag limit for yellow perch is 40
fish. Lake Erie black bass (smallmouth and largemouth bass) are
closed to possession (catch and release only) May 1 through June
23. The daily bag limit for black bass on Lake Erie is 5 before May
1 and after June 23. The minimum size limit for black bass on Lake
Erie is 14 inches.
Sandusky Fish Research Unit, 419-625-8062.
Herb’s Supply, 419-797-2455
OHIO RIVER REGION
Pike Island Dam – Anglers reported several nice catches of
smallmouth bass over the weekend. Most smallies have been caught on
crankbaits and jigs off the pier or the rip-rap on the Ohio side.
Sauger are still hitting on the river in the early evening,
successful sauger lures included chartreuse and white 3-inch
twister tails on a jig. Water levels in the Ohio River are slightly
high and muddy in some areas with rain across much of southern and
eastern Ohio in the past week.
At Greenup Dam in Scioto County just below the dam fishing
access, anglers are having success fishing for hybrid striped bass
and white bass. Try white, yellow or green grubs; two and a half to
three inch artificial shad; or small live shiners and shad. Cast
into current and bounce bait along the bottom of the river from the
shoreline – the access walkway and the riprap are both good spots.
Many anglers caught hybrid stripers and white bass in the 10
pound-range last weekend.
At Racine Dam in Meigs County, anglers had great success over
the weekend fishing for crappie, sauger, white bass and channel
catfish. For crappie and sauger, try using lead jigs with yellow
rooster tails fished shallow from the shore at night below the
tailwaters. White bass are hitting on inline spinners and metallic
jigs. For catfish, fish cut bait on the bottom near the sandbar.
Access the tailwaters off State Route 338, five miles south of
Tackle Box (Ironton), 740-533-1187
Pitstop/Star Fire Express (Martins Ferry), 740-633-3170.