Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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Spawning bass, catfish, panfish all proving hungry

CENTRAL REGION

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Hybrid
striped bass really are hitting right now along with a good number
of saugeye. Anglers were catching these fish on minnows fished on
the bottom around the canal at Lieb’s Island. You can also try
chicken livers for catching hybrid stripers. If largemouth bass are
your target, use spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Carolina rigs around
Clouse Cove and Cranberry Marsh. Fish along the lake bottom east of
Journal Island with cut baits and prepared baits to take channel
catfish. The eastern half of the lake is best for bluegill fishing.
Use small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber at depths of two
to six feet.

Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Saugeye move shallow on
cloudy days and can be caught on jigs and crankbaits. Try windy
points where the bottom is stirred. Fish the “mudline” and nearby
weed beds. Largemouth bass are actively spawning and can be caught
in shallow water or in the mouth of spawning bays during cold
fronts. Crappie fishing is very popular near submerged tree tops
and cover above State Route 36 and in Big Run Cove (nine-inch
minimum length). Muskellunge are beginning to use available weed
beds. Try trolling the tops of the points or bars between Cheshire
Road and the dam in seven to 15 feet of water using jerk baits or
crankbaits.

Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, and Pickaway counties) – In
the creek above the lake just north of Cooks – Yankeetown Road, use
small jigs and twisters, or small rooster tails when seeking white
bass. Most of these fish will measure eight to 12 inches. Saugeyes
are taken at night when fishing below the dam with jigs and
twisters. This year’s stocking of saugeyes occurred on May 10 and
included 317,604 fingerlings.

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – Largemouth bass are on the
spawning beds but should become more aggressive toward the
beginning of June at this 361-acre lake in Columbus. Use fire tiger
and chartreuse colored crankbaits, chartreuse and white spinner
baits, and green pumpkin tubes and creature baits. This lake was
stocked with 18,434 fingerling saugeye in May.

Madison Lake (Madison County) – The catfish population at this
104-acre lake near London has been growing and 2,600 yearling
channel catfish will be stocked later this year. Anglers can catch
these fish with traditional baits such as shrimp, nightcrawlers,
cut bait, and prepared baits. Largemouth bass up to 18 inches are
also present in fair numbers. Anglers should use plastic baits,
small spinners, and top-water lures around the near-shore areas
that have woody cover or aquatic vegetation. Crappie and bluegill
will be found in woody shoreline cover. Minnows, dug worms and meal
worms are good live bait choices. Bluegills may also be taken with
fly-fishing gear. Electric motors only.

Leesville Lake (Carroll County) – This large 1,045-acre lake is
treating crappie anglers well. Fishing with small jigs in shallow
water near submerged structure proves best. Sizes range from eight
to 10 inches. Leesville Lake is located two miles southeast of
Sherrodsville off of State Route 212.

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers are reeling in
catches of crappie in the average seven- to eight- inch range; some
fish are measuring up to 13 inches. Fish live minnows suspended
under a bobber over submerged woody structure. Largemouth bass in
the 10- to 12-inch range are being caught using spinnerbaits and
deep diving crankbaits. For sauger, try jigs tipped with minnows or
crawlers on jigs or with worm harnesses.

NORTHWEST REGION

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Channel
catfish are being caught using a long-shanked hook baited with
shrimp or nightcrawlers. 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. Harmon’s and Windy Points are producing good catches of
channel catfish. Bluegills are being caught using a No. 10 sized
hook baited with red worms, wax worms, or jigs with chartreuse
plastic bodies. Fishing is good on the south side of the lake. Cast
into channels, along the pier, or from the shoreline into areas
with rocks or brush. Keep the bait about one to two feet deep.

Beaver Creek Reservoir (Seneca County) – The water temperature
is 63 degrees and the water is turbid due to pumping. Bluegill in
the 7- inch range and crappie are being caught with fly rods.
Largemouth bass in the 3- to 6-pound range have been caught by
using surface lures.

Maumee River (Wood County) – The white bass run is still on in
the Maumee in big numbers with Maumee Bait and Tackle reporting
good prospects near Orleans Park. Successful anglers are using
shiners. River levels are near normal and clarity is decent.
Fishing pressure is low.

Maumee Bait & Tackle, www.maumeetackle.net

NORTHEAST REGION

Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – This 6,550-acre lake is
offering some good fishing. White crappies in the 10- to 12-inch
class range are being caught on emerald shiners or jigs with
minnows. The western side of the lake, past second point south of
the causeway is offering a good spot. Bass in the 10- to 12- inch
class range are biting on shiners (emerald or golden colored) as
well, in 15 to 20 feet of water. Channel catfish in the 12- to
14-inch class range are biting on minnows on the western side of
the lake in 10 to 15 inches of water. Good fishing is in the early
in the morning. This lake has unlimited horsepower limit and has
wheelchair accessible shoreline facilities.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – Panfishing is picking up with
bluegills averaging about eight inches. This is a great time for
kids to try bobber fishing by using a medium size hook tipped with
small pieces of night crawlers (two to three inches long). If you
prefer to cast your line out, tighten the line and wait for it to
start moving, and then set the hook. The reason for using two
different techniques is that it’s hard for the kids to keep the
line tight and watch it move. It’s a lot easier for them to watch
the bobber, but sometimes bobbers can spook the fish. An updated
map of Tappan Lake is available at www.dnr.state.oh.us/

wildlife/fishing/lakemaps/lmaps.htm This lake covers 2,132 acres
and has a 299 horsepower limit. Wheelchair accessible shoreline
facilities are available.

East Branch Reservoir (Geauga County) – Shoreline access is
abundant for six to 10-inch bluegill fishing. Medium (size six to
eight) hooks tipped with meal worms or minnows are working best.
There is 420 acres of fishing water available with 7.5 miles of
shoreline for fishing. Both sides of the lake near the spillway are
about 10 to15 feet deep, a good depth for these panfish.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Crappies are being caught all
around the lake close to shore by using medium or small minnows on
a No. 2 to No. 6 fine wire hook. Bluegills are being caught close
to shore by anglers using a wax worm on a small No. 6 or No. 8 fine
wire hook. Fish the bait under a bobber and about three to six feet
deep. Saugeye are being caught by anglers using a chartreuse jig
tipped with a wax worm or nightcrawlers on a No. 2 sized hook and
fished seven to eight feet deep along the rocky bottom.

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Saugeye are being caught by anglers
using minnows. Cast into the shallow sandy bottom areas near the
dam. Keep the bait between three to four feet deep. Crappies are
being caught by anglers using bass minnows on a fine wire hook in
the size range of No. 6 to No. 8. Fish the bait between five to six
feet deep in five to 10 feet of water. Channel catfish are being
caught using night crawlers. Largemouth bass are being caught by
anglers using crankbaits, spinner baits, or plastic worms.

Rush Run Lake (Preble County) – Bluegill and sunfish are being
caught by anglers using wax worms, crickets, or mealworms. Fish the
bait under a bobber or slip bobber. Keep the bait between eight to
10 feet deep. Use a No. 6 or 2/0 long-shanked hook for the wax
worms and mealworms. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers
using spinner baits off of the points and Carolina rigged worms
when fishing the riprap near the dam.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Crappies are being caught
by anglers using tube jigs or live minnows. When using live bait,
use a No. 6 sized fine wire hook. White or chartreuse are good
color choices for artificial lures. Cast into areas with submerged
trees and brush. Keep the bait under a slip bobber and about three
to six feet deep. Some anglers are finding success with minnows
under a bobber. Bluegill and sunfish are being caught by anglers
using wax worms. Fish the bait under a slip bobber and keep the
bait about three to five feet deep. A good hook size is a No. 6
fine wire hook. The best fishing is in areas with woody debris,
such as fallen trees or over-hanging brush. Channel catfish are
being caught using cut shad as bait on a No. 2/0 hook. Keep the
bait about five to six feet deep and off of the bottom. Also cast
the bait into the creek arms. Largemouth bass are being caught by
anglers using crankbaits on the points and jigs with plastic bodies
around the woody areas in three to four feet of water. Cast into
areas with rocky bottoms and submerged trees or brush. Saugeye are
being caught by anglers using twistertails and casting into the
spillway of the lake. Keep the bait two to three feet deep.

SOUTHEAST REGION

AEP ReCreation Land Ponds (Morgan County) – Water conditions in
most ponds is clear and normal. Nice bass up to six pounds are
being caught on K & S Bass Stoppers, nightcrawlers, spinner
baits, and Rattle Traps. Bluegills are hitting wax worms or
nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. The ReCreation area map and
permit may be obtained by visiting www.aep.com or by calling
1-800-WILDLIFE.

Jackson City Reservoir (Jackson County) – Anglers are having
success fishing for channel catfish at this 190-acre reservoir also
known as Hammertown Lake. Try fishing cut bait tight-line off the
bottom. Most shoreline anglers are catching 12- to 14-inch
catfish.

Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – Water conditions are
clear and normal at this time. White bass six to 15 inches can be
caught on yellow and red jig heads and small spinner baits.
Crappies averaging six to 12 inches will hit jig heads tipped with
minnows over a bobber in six to eight feet of water around fallen
trees. Saugeye anywhere from 11 to 20 inches have been biting on
crankbaits, jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers, or jig heads
with yellow or red heads.

LAKE ERIE REGION

Western Basin – Walleye fishing continues to be excellent with
many limits being caught. Fishing has been best around West Sister
Island (south, west and north), from “E” can of the Camp Perry
firing range to Niagara Reef, north of North Bass Island, around
Gull Island Shoal, and east of Kelleys Island. Drifters are using
mayfly rigs or worm harnesses with bottom bouncers, while trollers
are using worm harnesses with inline weights or bottom bouncers and
jet or dipsy divers with spoons.

The best yellow perch fishing in the western basin has been
around the Toledo water intake and Kelleys Island Shoal. Perch
spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most
fish.

Central Basin: Walleye have been caught northeast of Fairport
Harbor in 20 to 25 feet of water and two miles north of Euclid in
46 feet of water. Fish have been caught on worm harnesses,
crankbaits and spoons.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair in 48 to 52 feet of water off
of Fairport Harbor and one to two miles north of East 72nd Street
in Cleveland in 37 to 38 feet of water. Perch spreaders with
shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in harbor areas and in 15
to 25 feet of water along the shoreline in Conneaut, Ashtabula,
Geneva and Fairport Harbor. Fish were caught on jigs tipped with
minnows or leeches or by trolling crankbaits.

Fairport Harbor Fish Research Unit, 440-352-4199. (Central
basin)

Sandusky Fish Research Unit, 419-625-8062. (Western basin)

OHIO RIVER REGION

Greenup Dam (Scioto County) – White bass, freshwater drum, and
catfish were reeled in by successful anglers over the Memorial Day
weekend. Shoreline fishermen fished cut bait tight-line off the
bottom for all three types of fish. Drum were reeled in weighing
over six pounds. Many of the white bass were in the eight- to
12-inch range. Other successful sites along the Ohio River included
many of the creek confluences.

Belmont and Monroe counties – Smallmouth bass have been biting
along the river; try deep running crankbaits or 1/8- to 3/8-ounce
jigs tipped with black or brown jig bodies fished near drop-offs.
When water levels are high and more turbid, try fishing lighter
colored spinner baits behind current breaks. Catfish, both channel
and flathead, have been caught fishing small bluegill from shore in
the evenings. Water levels on the river are slightly high due to
recent rainfall events.

Jefferson County – Anglers are catching decent numbers of sauger
near the New Cumberland Lock and Dam from the Jefferson County
shorelines. Average sizes range from 12 to 18 inches. Smallmouth
bass are biting on gray tube jigs and white bass are hitting on
white twister tails.

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