OH: Flooding limiting fishing, but some trout, panfish reported Issue: 10

Central Region

Antrim Lake (Franklin County) – Antrim Lake, on the north side of
Columbus, was stocked with 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout on April
22. A variety of baits prove successful for these hatchery-raised
fish. Try corn, cheese, marshmallows or prepared baits such as
Power Bait. The bag limit is five trout and anglers 16 and older
need to have a fishing license. No boats are permitted at Antrim
Lake.

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes and crappies are the two most
active fish right now in this 5,040-acre lake northwest of
Columbus. Saugeyes are being taken with tubes and jigs tipped with
a minnow in deep water. Fish the Old Indian Lake area, south of
Dream Bridge, and Moundwood areas. The riprap along Southbank is
also worth a try. Crappies are being caught using jigs or jigs and
minnows around woody structure and boat docks. As water warms,
crappies will move toward canals.

Northwest Region

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – The water temperature is around
55 degrees. The river level is above normal and the water clarity
is good. Walleyes have moved into the river and anglers are
catching good numbers of limits. This is the best fishing we have
seen in years, according to the Division of Wildlife. Fishermen
have been most successful with Carolina rigged floating jig heads
with a three-foot leader. The jigs should be tipped with a Twister
Tail; fluorescent colors are working the best. Anglers are catching
fish in all areas of the spawning grounds. The fishing conditions
should continue to stay excellent. Do not keep any walleye shorter
than 15 inches.

Maumee River (Lucas and Wood Counties) – The water temperature is
around 54 degrees. The river level is above normal. The islands are
accessible and the water clarity is fair. Anglers are catching
excellent numbers of fish, including some large females. Fishermen
have been most successful with Carolina rigged floating jig heads
with a two-foot leader. The jigs should be tipped with a Twister
Tail; fluorescent colors are working the best. Anglers are catching
fish in all areas of the spawning grounds. The fishing conditions
should continue to be excellent.

Northeast Region

Berlin Reservoir (Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties) – This
3,300-acre lake is located on and is accessible from U. S. Route
224 and State Routes 14 and 225. Walleyes are being caught from a
variety of locations and by anglers fishing minnows under bobbers
or jigs tipped with twister tails. Anglers should note the six
walleye daily bag limit with the 15-inch minimum length limit.
White bass fishing is just starting to pick up from the Greenbower
and Price Street bridges. Anglers should try locating these fish in
deep water associated with structure such as humps, drop offs,
points, or submerged road beds. Small flashy spoons or spinners are
effective in addition to the same setup used for walleyes this time
of year.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont, Guernsey and Harrison counties) – This
3,300-acre lake is on State Route 22 midway between Cambridge and
Cadiz and approximately 10 miles north of Interstate 70 off State
Route 800. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught on
a variety of baits, including live night crawlers, jerk baits,
shiners, crankbaits, and plastics fished three to five feet deep,
five to six feet from shore. Largemouth bass anglers have the most
success from midlake to the upper or shallower end. Smallmouth bass
are caught mainly from mid-lake to the dam and action is best this
time of year. Warmer weather will likely improve conditions.
Anglers should pack a pair of binoculars too for a better look at
the local eagles and ospreys in the area. Boat launching
facilities, food, gasoline, and boats and motors are available for
rent at Piedmont Marina, (740) 658-1029, at the northern end of the
lake off State Route 800.

Southwest Region

Adams Lake (Adams County) – Anglers are catching trout by using wax
worms, Berkley Power Bait or corn. Cast into areas with submerged
trees and brush. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep. The
water is a little muddy due to heavy rains recently.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Walleye fishing continues to
improve. Early morning boat anglers fishing jigs tipped with a
night crawler over the midlake humps and in the north end of the
lake are beginning to catch some nice walleyes. Remember there is a
15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleyes.
Bluegills are being caught around the rocky shorelines of the dam
and the marina. Also, try fishing the wooden piling structures near
the boat ramp and campground. Use wax worms or redworms for
bluegills, fished under a bobber. Anglers are still catching a few
white bass along the rocky shorelines. Try using small spinners,
jigs, or minnows.

Southeast Region

Muskingum River (Morgan, Muskingum, and Washington counties) – Both
the pools and tailwaters offer good early crappie fishing. Black
crappie will average nine to 11 inches and white crappie 10 to 11
inches. Try fishing heavy cover with small jigs or minnows. Anglers
report limited success fishing for spotted bass – as temperatures
increase, try casting rubber worms, crankbaits, and spinners over
submerged structure, docks, weedbeds, and deep holes. River
conditions may be unfavorable for the next week due to recent and
forecasted rains for the area. As temperatures continue to warm,
flathead catfish fishing may pick up. Flathead catfish prefer live
bait such as gizzard shad; try eight inches or larger.

Jackson City Reservoir/Hammertown Lake (Jackson County) – Trout
fishing is popular in this 190-acre lake due largely to the trout
that is stocked every spring. Largemouth bass should begin hitting
regularly as water temperatures warm. Concentrate in shallow areas
or back ends of coves using spinner baits, crankbaits, and
jig-and-pig combinations. Jackson City Reservoir is noted for being
very clear compared to other lakes in southeast Ohio.

AEP ReCreation Area – (Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties) –
Largemouth bass and sunfish are biting well. Better fishing is
found in ponds that are “off the beaten path” since these lakes do
not receive as much fishing pressure as lakes adjacent to
campsites. Bass can be caught on spinner baits and jig-and-pig
combinations. Bluegills can be taken with live bait such as
redworms or mealworms or small spinners and poppers. A free permit
is required to fish the AEP ReCreation Area.

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