Southwest Region

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County) – Muskie anglers continue to
be successful. Anglers report catching 30- to 40-inch muskies with
numerous follows. Try casting large bucktail spinners, jerk baits,
or crankbaits around standing or fallen timber in coves or along
main lake shorelines. Anglers are beginning to catch crappies by
fishing minnows under a bobber and casting jigs. Remember, all
crappie less than 9 inches must be immediately released. Bluegills
are being caught by anglers fishing wax worms and redworms around
fallen or standing timber in two to five feet of water. Saugeye
anglers are starting to catch a few fish in six to 15 feet of
water, but most fish are small. Troll medium or deep diving
crankbaits along submerged points or underwater humps in the north
pool. Cast or drift with live nightcrawlers on a bottom bouncing
harness rig, or use a lead head jig tipped with a piece of worm.
Fish in the early morning and early evening hours. Schools of shad
working and jumping on the surface have given anglers opportunities
to catch a few white bass. Cast jigs into the schools of shad. Due
to the lack of rain, the lake is currently down about two feet.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Crappies are starting to
be caught by anglers fishing jigs tipped with minnows in five to 10
feet of water. Walleyes are being caught by anglers using
crankbaits, jigs with plastic bodies or curly tails, small
spinners, or live minnows, leaches, or nightcrawlers on a No. 6
long shanked hook. Good curly tail color choices are white, orange,
pink, or chartreuse. Fish by slowly jigging, trolling or drifting
baits in 10 to 15 foot depths. Some anglers report successful
catches using silver or gold blade baits. Anglers report walleyes
are being caught in the main lake river channel, around structure,
and over the humps. The best fishing is in the very early morning
hours.

Acton Lake (Preble County) – A few saugeyes are being caught by
anglers. Troll medium or deep diving crankbaits, cast or drift with
live nightcrawlers on a bottom bouncing harness rig, or use jigs
tipped with a piece of worm or a minnow. Fish in the early morning
or early evening hours along the sandy bottom areas near the dam
and cabins. Bluegills are being caught by anglers fishing along the
boat docks and along the east shore between the lodge and the dam.
Fish redworms or wax worms under a slip bobber between three to
four feet deep.

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