Guilford Lake (Columbiana County) – The Division of Wildlife
recently completed a crappie population survey at Guilford Lake, a
396-acre system, which is part of Guilford Lake State Park. During
the October survey, 694 crappie were collected with trap nets to
estimate the status of the black and white crappie populations.
Black crappie represented 57 percent of the catch, with white
crappie accounting for the remaining 43 percent. Average length
for both black and white crappies was 7 inches with some fish up to
10-inches present. During the survey, catch rates of adult crappie
averaged 33 fish per trap net, indicating a higher abundance than
the average Ohio reservoir. In fact, the Division of Wildlife said
crappies are too abundant at Guilford Lake. Condition (or fitness)
of both back and white crappie was about 15 percent below the
statewide average, indicating that the fish are a little on the
slim side. Growth rates were also below average. Anglers fishing
Guilford Lake should not have any trouble finding these abundant
panfish and should not hesitate to keep smaller ones for the table.
Call Wildlife District Three fish management at (330) 644-2293 with
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – The main boat launch at
Mosquito was frozen in with a good cover of ice as of Dec. 7.
Causeway Sporting Goods, 330-637-7076
Punderson Lake (Geauga County) – Plenty of trout are available
from a recent Division of Wildlife stocking, but anglers report a
tough bite. Anglers are throwing small hooks baited with corn or
jig and wax worm combinations.