Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

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Southwest Region

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – The north end of the lake
was fairly frozen up as of Dec. 8, reports Leon Cole at Cole’s Bait
and Tackle in Bainbridge. Duck hunters are focusing their attention
on the south end where open water remains. Rain predicted for the
end of the week of Dec. 8 should help crappie and saugeye fishing
prospects below the spillway.

Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Anglers are catching saugeyes at
the Moundwood access by pulling jerkbaits on a slow retrieve.
Smithwick Rogues and Rapala Husky Jerks have been the popular
offerings. Be prepared to have company as this access is a popular
shorefishing spot in the winter months. Fish have ranged from 14 to
20 inches and are being caught in four feet of water or less.

Gene’s Bait Shop, 937-843-2551

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop, 937-843-2488

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Big rafts of ducks and geese
hit Rocky just in time for the second split opener on the south
zone Dec. 6, reports Leon Cole at Cole’s Bait and Tackle. For
fishermen, crappies can be caught through the winter around the
docks at the restaurant. The best bite is on minnows, but fish can
also be caught on tube jigs in black and chartreuse, says Cole.
Depths will vary anywhere from 10 to 30 feet.

Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436

Great Miami River (Montgomery, Butler, and Hamilton counties) –
Any stretch of the Great Miami all the way up to Indian Lake might
be a good place to try when most area lakes are freezing over. Try
1/8- to 1/4-ounce jigs tipped with a minnow for saugeyes and
sauger. Blade baits, such as Vib-Es, are also popular choices.
Switch over the jerkbaits in the late afternoon and into the
evening. The recent bite has been best after dark. For catfish, try
cut shad – fresh or frozen – fished on the bottom.

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