OH: Stocked rainbow trout providing fishing opportunities Issue: 8

Central Region

Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County) – Saugeye is an early
favorite in this 3,192-acre lake north of Columbus. Fish
minnow-imitating crankbaits along the dam and causeways at dawn and
dusk. Saugeye caught in the lake must be 15 inches or longer to
keep. After a water release, fish the spillway with jigs for
saugeyes. For crappies, try jigging off deep points that have old
stumps and in the northern basin of the lake around fallen trees in
the creek channel. Crappies are staging in deep water close to
spawning sites. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep.
Channel catfish can be caught in the north end of the lake using
cut bait fished on the bottom.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties) – With
water temperatures in the low to mid 40s, fish activity should
increase with increasing water temperatures. Hybrid striped bass
will become active along the north shore between Seller’s Point and
Watkins Island in four to eight feet of water. Try using chicken
livers fished on the bottom or suspended under a bobber. Largemouth
bass are being caught in the channels on plastic baits. Crappie and
channel catfish are moving into more shallow water and the channels
as the water temperature increases. Use small jigs or minnows to
catch crappies in channel openings and around any available cover.
Saugeyes are active lakewide; use jigs tipped with a minnow or
crankbaits fished near the bottom. Saugeye must be 15 inches or
longer to harvest.

Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992

Northwest Region

Maumee River (Lucas County) – River conditions are prime on the
Maumee as of April 5, reports Maumee Bait and Tackle. Fishing
pressure has been light, however, with much rain in the area. With
the forecast calling for a warm up, look for fishing pressure to
pick up and for the peak of the walleye run to heat up, as well.
The water temperature is 46 degrees. Anglers are catching a few
fish, mostly males, in the 18-22-inch range. Most anglers are using
a Carolina rigged floating jig head with a 18-24-inch leader. The
jig is tipped with a Twister Tail, usually in fluorescent colors.
Fish are being caught in all areas of the spawning grounds but the
best spot is Bluegrass Island. Remember, do not keep any walleye
shorter than 15 inches.

Maumee Bait and Tackle, www.maumeetackle.net

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – The water temperature is 48
degrees. Anglers have been most successful with ¼-ounce lead jigs
tipped with a 2-3-inch Twister Tail in white, chartreuse, orange or
pink. The best areas are between Roger Young Park and Walsh Park.
The water level should come up with the rains that are moving
through.

Northeast Region

Portage Lakes – Turkeyfoot and West reservoirs (Summit County) –
Anglers from shore and boats are catching crappies in both good
sizes and numbers on Twister Tails and minnows. White and
chartreuse Twister Tails and Mini-Mites are providing best results.
Locate fish in deeper water such as 10 to 15 feet, just off the
bottom. Locate a site-specific map of the Portage Lakes at
www.wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Mohican River – Clear Fork branch (Ashland County) – Anglers
fishing near the covered bridge are experiencing fair to good
catches of brown trout ranging from eight up to 16 inches or more.
Anglers are reminded of the 12-inch minimum length limit on trout
species. Both experienced and casual fishermen will enjoy fishing
this scenic waterway, which is accessible from State Route 97.
Chest waders are recommended but some pools will accommodate hip
waders. Occasionally, anglers report catching smallmouth bass,
bluegill, and crappie as well. Call Wildlife District Three, fish
management, for more information: (330) 644-2293.

Southwest Region

Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby Counties) – In the spillway
below the dam, saugeyes are being caught on small jigs tipped with
Twister Tails or minnows fished along the bottom.

Acton Lake-Hueston Woods S.P. (Preble County) – As the lake
warms, anglers are starting to catch crappie on minnows or small
curly-tailed jigs around fallen trees in six to 12 feet of water.
Remember the 9-inch size limit and daily bag limit of 30 for
crappies.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Stocked with trout on April
2. Trout have been stocked in a blocked-off bay at the campground
marina, which has excellent shoreline fishing access. Try using
small spinners or jigs tipped with wax worms. The daily catch limit
is five trout per angler.

Stonelick Lake (Clermont County) – Stocked with trout on March
27.

Clark Lake (Clark County) – Stocked with trout on April 1.

Sycamore S.P. Pond (Montgomery County) – Stocked with trout on
March 24. Anglers are reporting success on corn, Powerbait, small
spinners, and jigs. Try fishing two to four feet deep and be
patient. Access to the lake is a 300-yard trail down a long hill;
there are steps available if you look for them. Travel light for
the walk and use small tackle.

Rush Run Lake (Preble County) – Stocked with trout on March
25.

Adams Lake (Adams County) – Stocked with trout on March 18.
Trout are being caught on wax worms under a bobber. Channel cats
and bullheads are being taken on chicken livers.

Southeast Region

Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – Early season crappie fishing is
always popular in this 204-acre lake. Successful anglers report
that fishing with minnows or white or chartreuse Twister Tails in
two- to eight- foot depths near brush piles, stickups, or old
submerged fencerows have produced catches of seven- to nine-inch
long fish. Tycoon is also a favorite bass fishing destination. Jig
n’ pig combos have been typical early spring success baits while
fished along the old fencerows or among the many subsurface stumps.
An 18-inch minimum length limit has been in effect for Tycoon’s
largemouth bass since 2001.

Dow Lake (Athens County) – Rainbow trout were stocked on March
31.

Timbre Ridge Lake (Lawrence County) – Rainbow Trout were stocked
on March 31.

Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) – Rainbow Trout were stocked on
March 24.

Barnesville City Reservoir No. 3 (Belmont County) – Rainbow
trout were stocked on March 24. This reservoir, also known as Slope
Creek, provides good opportunity for channel catfish angling as
well. Try fishing night crawlers, shrimp, crayfish, chicken liver,
stink bait, or cut bait near the bottom using an appropriate size
sinker.

Lake Erie Region

Spring walleye fishing on western Lake Erie is under way. Fish
have been caught with hair jigs in Maumee Bay and on the reef
complex in the Camp Perry firing range. Trollers have caught fish
along the northern and eastern buoys of the Camp Perry firing
range, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

Wallace Lake in the Cleveland Metroparks system was stocked with
750 pounds of rainbow trout because the river is currently high and
muddy due to rain. Based on plenty more rain in the forecast for
the coming week, it is tough to predict when the river will be
dropping into fishable shape again. Keep an eye on the flow gauge
to monitor the latest trend in river flow. Anglers can likely
expect the largest run of fresh steelhead trout of the year when
the river is fishable again.

The Rocky River is starting to get low and clear and fishing is
becoming more challenging accordingly. Look for the next good
spring rain to bring a bunch of fresh steelhead into the system.
Steelhead fishing in the Rocky River has been spotty over the past
week, with anglers reporting success rates varying from poor to
very good. Much of this depends on the area fished, skill level of
the angler, and, of course, luck of being in the right place at the
right time. A Cleveland Metroparks Ranger checking fishing licenses
at the marina area earlier this week reported he saw about 25
steelhead hooked by anglers there in only about an hour, which is
about as good as it gets. These are most likely staging fish
lurking around that stretch of river for an increase in flow to
entice them upstream to spawn. Further upstream, finding fish is
more of a persistence game. Anglers putting in some work to fish a
stretch of river may be rewarded with a pod of active fish here and
there. Some fish are actively spawning, some are already spawned
out (spent or dropback steelhead) while others in these reaches are
fresh and have not begun spawning yet.

A number of anglers witnessed quite a few empty spawning bed
depressions in the gravel, called redds, in upstream reaches,
indicating that many fish spawned and already left the river during
elevated flow conditions.

Fly-fishers have been doing well with nymph patterns (a size
12-14 black stonefly pattern has been hot) and various colored
smaller egg patterns (suckers spawn and glo-bugs). Small marabou
jigs tipped with maggots, live minnows, small spawn sacs, and
various rubber minnow and tube jig offerings drifted under floats
have also accounted for plenty of steelhead over the past week.
Anglers fishing small spinners, spoons, and minnow plugs have also
reported some success.

The second installment of spring trout (750 pounds) are being
released in the East Branch Rocky River between Royalton Road (Rt.
82) and the river ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake. This
complements the fish released last Tuesday in the same stretch of
river (600 pounds) and Wallace Lake (150 pounds).

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clemetparks.com

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