Southwest Region

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Anglers are finding clear waters
and good fishing. Channel catfish are being caught on the bottom
from sunset to midnight. Try night crawlers, shrimp or chicken
livers under a bobber. Best results are being reported at the north
end of the lake by the park office around the dam. Remember the
limit for channel catfish is six on this lake.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Bluegills and sunfish are
being caught by anglers using redworms or wax worms. Fish the bait
under a slip bobber and keep the bait about 3 to 4 feet deep. Look
for good fishing in the creek channels in the upper end of the lake
known as Rattlesnake and Paint Creek. Channel catfish are being
caught by anglers using chicken livers, crawdads, stink bait or
night crawlers. Fish the bait along the rocky bottom areas.
Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using jigs with plastic
bodies, spinner baits, small top-water lures or plastic worms as
bait. Choose an artificial lure or jig colored black or
pumpkinseed. Cast into area with woody debris or rocks along the
creek channel banks. Fish the bait slowly along the bottom in water
about four to five feet deep.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Walleye are being caught
by anglers using crankbaits, jigs with plastic bodies or curly
tails, small spinners, or live minnows, leeches or night crawlers.
Fish by slowly trolling or drifting baits in 10- to 15-foot depths.
Walleye are being caught in the main lake river channel and humps.
Fishing is best in the early morning and early evening hours. In a
walleye tournament this past weekend, the top three teams weighed
in two-day totals ranging from 14 to 16 pounds. The biggest walleye
was 7 pounds, 10 ounces. All walleye less than 15 inches long must
be immediately released back into the lake. Channel catfish are
providing fast action for fishermen at this lake near Springfield.
Try bottom fishing from shore using chicken livers, cut bait or
prepackaged stink baits. Popular shoreline spots include the creek
channel in the north end, the marina breakwalls, near the main boat
ramp, and at the Corps of Engineers visitor’s center.

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