Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) – Anglers are
beginning to catch crappies, many over 8 inches, near boat docks
and brushy structure in the channels. Fish are being caught on live
minnows, tube jigs, or jigs with Twister Tails. Preferred colors
are chartreuse and purple.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught
using live minnows or jigs with tails. Anglers are catching
crappies in the shallow areas near stickups and brush piles.
Anglers are also following the wood lines back into the tributary
creeks such as Poplar, Clover, Flat, and Barns creeks. Spotted and
largemouth bass are being caught by using spinnerbaits and plastic
jigs colored black and blue. Hybrid striped bass are being caught
by fishing chicken livers or night crawlers on the bottom. All fish
are being caught in shallow water, one to three feet deep. Channel
catfish are being caught by anglers using night crawlers.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Channel catfish are being
caught in shallow water by anglers using night crawlers or shad.
Fish the bait along the bottom. Crappies are being taken by anglers
using wax worms, salt and pepper colored curly tails, or crappie
minnows. Fish the bait under a bobber and between four to 10 feet
deep. Successful anglers are fishing near the boat docks,
sailboats, and along the edges of docks walls.
Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436_