Southwest Region

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on creek
chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between 8 to 19
feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Fishing
for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Bluegills
are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night crawlers.
Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeyes are active
in this lake. Currently, saugeyes are being caught by anglers using
night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs as bait. Fish the bait by
trolling it through in water that is eight to 10 feet deep.

East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by
anglers using wax worms, tube jigs, or medium to large sized
minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs as bait. Fish the bait 6 to 8
inches deep or 16 to 20 feet deep. Also, look for good crappie
fishing back into the cove areas as well as up and into Tunnel
Mill, Cabin, Barnes, Poplar and Cloverlick creeks. Channel catfish
are being caught by anglers fishing tight line at night using night
crawlers, large minnows or chicken liver. Use a No. 1/0
long-shanked hook. Fishing is best in water between 8 to 20 feet
deep. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms or redworms on a No. 8
sized hook. Keep the bait under a bobber and about two to three
feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed
trees. Hybrid striped bass are being caught by anglers fishing the
near the campground and main beach and the flat near the Army Corp
of Engineers boat ramp located close to the dam. Chicken liver or
deep diving crankbaits that resemble shad are working well. The
early morning or late evening hours are the most productive times.
Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using six-inch plastic
worms, spinner baits, or deep diving (6 to 10 feet) crankbaits
colored shad or fire tiger.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Located nine miles southwest of
Wilmington on State Route 730. Access points from State Route 350
are Beechwood Road or Yankee Road. Access points from State Route
730 are Sprague Road and Osborn Road. Channel catfish are being
caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp or
earthworms. Cast from the pier area. Keep the bait off of the
bottom and about three to six feet deep. Use a No. 5 bait holding
hook.

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