Southwest Region

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Open-water anglers have
been catching crappies at the campground and at Pioneer Farm
fishing jigs and minnows or jigs and twisters in black and
chartreuse at shallow 5- to 6-foot depths, reports Leon Cole at
Cole’s Bait and Tackle in Bainbridge. Water levels are up, Cole
reports, but he doesn’t expect flooding anytime in the near future.
Anglers have also been catching saugeyes from 11 to 18 inches at
the spillway using jigs in white and chartreuse with red flake.
Some white bass are also being taken at the spillway on the same

Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436 

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – Up until early February, anglers
were catching bluegills and yellow perch through about six inches
of ice at this 396-acre lake near Grandview Heights. Wax worms
dropped to the bottom was producing the best bite.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – At Rocky Fork, anglers over
the past couple of weeks have been faring well on crappies around
the docks and at the restaurant, reports Leon Cole at Cole’s Bait
and Tackle in Bainbridge. The best bite is coming anywhere from 12
to 15 feet on minnows fished under a bobber.

Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436  

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