Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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As cooler temperatures move in, catfish biting well

Central Region

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught along south
bank, and around the Moundwood and Dream Bridge areas; try
crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Jigging has
also been effective. Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the
canals around cover; try spinner baits, tubes, and crankbaits.
Bluegills are still being caught in the channels; use wax worms,
night crawlers or crickets.

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign
County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are
allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try
plastics, top-water baits and crankbaits along the lily pads or
cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies will become more
active as the water cools this fall; fish with minnows in the old
creek channel or around woody cover. Bluegills are also being taken
around aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms.

Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are being caught at this
481-acre lake in Knox County. Target shoreline cover and the stump
field in the east end of the lake using spinnerbaits, plastics and
crankbaits. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to harvest.
Channel catfish are biting on prepared baits and night crawlers;
night is the best time. The crappie bite will increase as water
temperatures decrease; use minnows and jigs around woody cover.
Outboard motors greater than 10 horsepower must move at idle speeds
with no wake.

Northwest Region

Shelby Reservoir #3 (Richland County) – Excellent catches of
bluegills have been reported at Shelby #3. A wax worm under a
bobber is the way to go. Catfish have been caught, as well. Fishing
stink bait or shrimp on the bottom is working the best.

Killdeer Pond # 30 (Wyandot County) – The water temperature is 84
degrees, the water clarity is clear and the water levels are
normal. Largemouth bass are being taken in good numbers in the
evenings by fishing minnows or worms under a slip bobber. Casting
buzzbaits or weedless top water baits is also working great. Try
the south side.

Killdeer Reservoir (Wyandot County) – The water temperature is 81
degrees, the water clarity is clear and the water levels are low.
Smallmouth bass are being taken in the mornings and evenings by
drifting softcraws or leeches or by casting crayfish crankbaits.
The island area is the best. Bluegills are being caught as well.
Late morning is producing the best catches. Fish redworms or wax
worms under a slip bobber. Try the east shore. Channel catfish are
being taken in the evenings by fishing live bluegills under a slip
bobber. The south and east shores are producing the best

Pleasant Hill (Richland County) – Great catches of bluegills have
been reported. Fish redworms or wax worms under a bobber or on the

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – Largemouth bass are
being taken in the mornings and evenings. Fishing flathead minnows
under a bobber or casting buzzbaits or shallow diving crankbaits
are working the best. The shallow areas along the south shoreline
are producing the best results. Bluegills are being taken here in
good numbers as well. Early afternoon is the best time. Redworms
under a slip bobber is recommended. Fish the standing timber and
brush. Channel catfish are also being taken. Still fishing small
bluegills in the evenings is best. Try the beach area.

Northeast Region

• Marlboro Supply, located at 9271 Edison St. (located in
Marlboro), Louisville, is serving hunters as a check station for
deer archery and gun seasons. Hours are Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5
p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Marlboro Supply can be reached at
(330) 935-0179. Hours of operation are subject to change. Hunters
may choose from six other check stations in Stark County which are
listed in the 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest. Request a copy
of the digest by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or visit to view regulations online.

• Hometown Carryout located on South Main Street in New Athens is
closed, therefore hunters must check deer at one of nine other
check stations in Harrison County, which are listed in the
2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest.

• Carrollton Drive-Thru Feed located at 120 Scio Road in Carrollton
will be checking deer during the 2010-2011 deer and turkey seasons.
This addition is not included in the 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping
Digest. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Hunters should call (330) 627-5678 for
special hours during gun season.

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – This 2,616-acre lake
offers great muskellunge fishing with decent bass and channel
catfishing. Access this lake from state Rt. 5, turning south on
Rock Spring Road. Parking is available near the bridge (just past
the railroad tracks) as well as boat ramp access. As of Dec. 22,
2008, a total of 221 muskies were caught in this lake with 31 fish
exceeding 42 inches. Fishing from the riprap produces well for bass
while fishing near the muddy flats at dusk, and dawn is good for
catfish. Fishing the humps in the middle of the lake produces
larger muskies this time of year. Bass are biting on shad-imitating
baits such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish will go for hot
dog chunks, stink baits, PowerBaits, chicken liver or shrimp.
Anglers should try casting bulldogs, spinners, or larger stick
baits for muskies.

Atwood Lake (Carroll & Tuscarawas Counties) – White bass have
been active and are easy to catch. Watching for surface
disturbances or circling birds can reveal the location of feeding
schools of these fish, which may then be caught on a variety of
small, minnow-imitating baits such as silver shad raps or spoons.
Division of Wildlife sampling in the last few years found excellent
numbers of white bass from 10 to 14 inches. Numerous channel
catfish are also present in Atwood Lake, with most fish over 16
inches in length, and many exceeding two feet long. Catfish are
also biting well, and can be caught off the bottom near structure
such as points, humps, and creek channels on a variety of natural
baits. Night crawlers, cut fish, chicken liver and shrimp can all
prove effective.

Lake Erie tributary streams (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, &
Lorain counties) – Anglers should start rain dancing. With the
cooling fall temperatures and shortening days, the steelhead from
Lake Erie should be making their annual trips into Lake Erie’s
tributary streams. But, the one thing they need is increased flow
in the streams due to runoff. The stream levels are currently low,
but look for river levels to rise over the upcoming weeks. Until
then, focus on break walls and piers along Lake Erie that border
mouths of tributary streams. Popular baits this time of year
include casting spoons, jig and maggots, and other live bait.

Southwest Region

Buck Creek State Park (Clark County) – Channel catfish are being
caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait or earthworms.
Fish the bait slowly along the bottom and into deep pools. Fishing
is good near the mouth of Buck Creek. Keep the bait greater than 10
feet deep.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – 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.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – A few walleyes are being
caught by anglers using crankbaits, jigs with plastic bodies or
curly tails, small spinners, or live minnows, leeches, or night
crawlers. 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. Anglers report that the most successful bait
has been 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. Most walleyes are undersized fish but some legal fish are
being caught. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using
shad, shrimp, night crawlers and chicken livers in the upper end of
the lake. Fish the bait tight line or slowly drift the bait along
the bottom in three- to six-foot depths.

Southeast Region

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Anglers have had success fishing
for catfish using goldfish or chicken livers in the late evening to
early morning hours. Channel catfish catches have ranged from 14 to
22 inches. Largemouth bass fishing has been good under the tunnel
area using purple and black rubber worms. Fishing for largemouth
bass in the open areas of the lake with gold and black crankbaits
has also been successful. Good catches of crappies have been reeled
in toward the spillway area (the western corner of the lake) using
minnows and small spinnerbaits or Rooster Tails that are orange,
yellow or silver. The marina area continues to hold nice catches of
bluegill; most anglers use night crawlers fished under a

Hocking River (Hocking and Athens counties) – Anglers fishing the
Hocking River have reported success fishing for smallmouth bass.
Try using soft craws or light colored Twister Tails. Good numbers
of rock bass and sunfish were also caught using jigs; try casting
into slower waters that have cover and submerged structure.

Lake Erie Region

Western Basin

Walleye: There has been very little walleye fishing effort in the
western basin recently. The best reports have been from Gull Island
Shoal. Expect fishing to improve around Kelleys Island and the Bass
Islands as temperatures drop and fish start returning to the

Yellow perch: Recent weather (as of Sept. 14) has limited western
basin perch fishing. The best reports have come from the Toledo
water intake, the gravel pit west of West Sister Island, “B” can of
the Camp Perry firing range, Green Island, north of Kelleys Island,
east of Kelleys Island on the airport reef, and off of the
Marblehead lighthouse. Most fish have been in the 7- to 9-inch
range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the
bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing has been fair in 72 to 75 feet of water northeast
of Conneaut. Anglers are fishing down 54-60 feet. Trollers are
using pink, yellow, red, green, copper spoons and stick baits off
Dipsy Divers, planer boards and Jet Divers.

Yellow perch fishing has been good 9 miles north of Vermilion,
around the 31N/13 to 14W lines off of Lorain, 34-38 feet
north-northwest of Edgewater Park, 38-40 feet northwest and
northeast of Wildwood State Park, 50-53 feet northwest of Fairport
Harbor (the hump) and 48-52 feet northwest and northeast of
Ashtabula. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom
produce the most fish.

White bass fishing has been fair off the Eastlake CEI and Fairport
piers. It is always difficult to predict when they will come in
close to shore. Anglers are using agitators and small yellow or
white jigs along with small spinners. Mornings and evenings have
been the best.

Ohio River Region

Clermont County – Channel catfish and flatheads are being caught in
the Meldahl Dam area. Anglers are using cut bait fished tight on
the bottom. Fishing during the night seems to be the best time to
fish for channel catfish and flathead catfish. Flathead catfish are
generally caught using live bait such as shad and skipjack

Belmont County – Morning and evening hours are best fishing times
for catfish. Preferred bait is chicken liver fished on the bottom.
Anglers are also using various cut baits for catfish.

Monroe County – Nice channel catfish up to 20 inches and flathead
catfish 30 to 35 inches are being caught on creek chubs or shiners
fished on the bottom.

Lawrence County – Anglers are catching small striped bass, white
bass and sheepshead on night crawlers.

Hamilton County – Anglers on the west side of the county are
reporting nice size catches of blue catfish on frozen skipjack.
They are also taking flathead catfish on chicken livers.

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