OH: Look shallow for crappies and saugeyes Issue: 24
Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – Fish plastic baits and crankbaits
for largemouth bass in and along lily pads on the south side of the
lake and near woody cover on the north shore. As the water warms,
bluegills can be caught in shallow water areas using night crawlers
or wax worms fished under a bobber. Fly-fishing for bluegills using
floating flies and spiders can also be very productive and
exciting. Chicken livers fished on the lake bottom can reward an
angler with channel catfish or hybrid striped bass. No motors are
allowed on this lake.
Madison Lake (Madison County) – This 104-acre lake southwest of
Columbus is a good place to pick up some crappies. Use jigs or
minnows suspended by a bobber around wood to catch a mess of these
tasty fish. Many fish are over 10 inches with some 12 inches long.
Channel catfish are also plentiful in this lake. Fish cut bait
around wood, and target the creek mouth after a rain event. Only
electric motors are allowed.
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – This 3,192-acre lake north of
Columbus is a good bet for crappies, white bass and channel
catfish. Fishing jigs and minnows suspended by a float around woody
cover in the upper end of the lake and in coves is a good way to
catch crappies. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Use
minnows, jigs and small spinners in the upper end of the lake north
of Howard Road when seeking white bass. White bass are also
available in the creek itself, at Kilbourne. The area above Howard
Road has good numbers of channel catfish; use cut shad for best
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes, crappies, largemouth bass
and channel catfish are all available at this 5,040-acre lake in
Logan County. Try casting or trolling small rattletraps and jigging
suspending baits on points for saugeyes. Largemouth bass fishing is
popular along the many stone riprap areas, docks and islands. Many
bass are in the 12- to 18-inch size range and are in shallow water.
Crappie and white bass fishing can both be good. Minnows are the
most popular choice for live bait. Channel catfish fishing should
be picking up.
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – Largemouth bass have
been caught in the evenings by fishing flathead minnows under a
slip bobber or by casting Twister Tail jigs. The shallow shoreline
area along the south shore is the best spot. Yellow perch are also
being taken in the early afternoon by fishing minnows or worms
under a slip bobber. The best spot is the deep water west of the
Killdeer Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Smallmouth bass are being
caught in the evenings by trolling or casting softcraws, leeches,
and Twister Tail jigs. The island area is the best spot. Walleyes
are being taken in the evenings by still fishing minnows. The south
shore is best for walleye fishing.
Findlay Reservoir #1 (Hancock County) – Walleye and yellow perch
are biting on night crawlers fished in about 10 feet of water. The
best time seems to be in the morning from the dock.
Mahoning River (Stark County) – Anglers can catch white bass while
fishing with minnows and/or Twister Tails. Fishing the dam near the
intersection of East Gaskill Street and Apple Avenue usually
produces good numbers. Limited parking is available at a pull-off
area or nearby Early Hill Park on Vine Street. Parking and fishing
access is also available near the bike trail off of East Gaskill
Street, just east of SR 225/Union Avenue.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Results of a change in
stocking strategy a few years ago have this lake back on track to
be a top tier inland walleye lake. Great numbers of walleye right
below the minimum length limit of 15 inches are being caught on
Vib-E/cicada and jigs with night crawlers. Early creel surveys are
reporting crappie being caught lakewide. Many are also hooking into
perch when fishing for crappies. Minnow under a bobber has produced
the best results.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – The crappies have moved into
shallower water and can be found in woody snags and along riprap.
They are biting on the usual crappie gear: crappie tubes,
chartreuse and white Twister Tails, and minnow under a bobber.
There is a nine-inch length limit and a daily bag limit of 30
crappies on this lake.
C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Prior to heavy rains over
the weekend, crappies and bluegills were being caught around the
marina and the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and
campground. Use minnows for crappies and wax worms or redworms for
bluegills, fished under a bobber. Anglers are catching white bass
along the rocky shorelines and up in the creek. Try using small
spinners, jigs, or minnows. Walleye fishing has started to turn on
with anglers having success bouncing along the bottom with night
Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County) – Largemouth bass are being
caught around shoreline cover and riprap shorelines using
crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic lures. Saugeyes are starting to
bite in 6-12 feet of water; try using jigs with Twister Tails, or a
plain jig tipped with a minnow. Some white bass are being caught in
Anderson Fork. Use small spinners, white, or chartreuse jigs for
the white bass.
Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Crappies, between nine and 14 inches,
are being caught around brush piles with slip bobber and minnows 12
to 18 inches deep, within 20 feet of the bank.
Acton Lake (Preble County) – Crappies and saugeyes are being
caught. Fish fallen timber on both shorelines. Try minnows or
chartreuse and white jigs for saugeyes. The crappies are being
taken on minnows under a float at about 12 to 20 inches deep.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Saugeyes in the 20- to 25-inch
range are being taken near the dam by shore and boat anglers. Best
fishing is at dusk or dawn or all day if there is cloud cover. Most
fish are being taken on jig and minnows fished 6-8 feet deep using
a slip bobber. Fair numbers of nice (12- to 14-inch) black crappies
are being taken in the same area with live bait minnows fished
three to four feet deep. A few largemouth bass from 12 to 19 inches
are being caught on spinner baits fished slowly in shallow
Lake Logan (Hocking County) – Saugeye angling success continues to
be good. Saugeyes can be caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with
night crawlers fished in 6-10- foot depths. Saugeye anglers have
also been successful trolling crankbaits in 6-10 feet of water.
Crappie anglers should begin to look for white crappies moving into
shallower water around shoreline structure. Crappies can be caught
using small plastic bodied jigs or live minnows fished below
bobbers in depths less than six feet. Sunfish are also biting well
along the shore. Try a wax worm fished under a bobber.
Lake Erie Region
Walleye: Fishing slowed over the past weekend as high winds greatly
reduced water clarity. Fish have been caught north of Kelleys
Island and from Cedar Point to Lorain in 25 to 45 feet of water.
Trolling with deep diving crankbaits has produced the most fish.
There have also been reports of fish caught at night around
Cleveland harbor and near shore from Huron to Vermilion by anglers
trolling shallow diving stick baits or casting from shore.
The water temperature is 49 degrees off of Toledo and 52 degrees
off of Cleveland, according to the near shore marine
Steelhead: The Rocky River is currently elevated and muddy, and it
will take at least several days of relatively dry weather before it
is fishable. Wise anglers will follow the weather forecast and
trend in river flow to determine when the Rock is dropping into
fishable shape again.
This latest rain was well timed, because the steelhead fishing was
becoming stale with the low and clear water conditions. Anglers
willing to use change-up tactics and finesse offerings reported
some success. Small marabou jigs tipped with maggots, live minnows,
and baitfish streamer flies on lighter fluorocarbon leaders
accounted for their share of fish in the clear water. Expect some
great fishing as the river drops to a fishable level, with
offerings like bright nickel size spawn sacs (hot pink and
chartreuse are good colors), densely tied bright egg patterns, and
big dark/bright/contrasting colored streamers (like a four-inch egg
sucking leech pattern in black with orange head ) working best
under stained water conditions.
Anglers at the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area reported good
trout fishing. Trout usually bite well on dime sized balls of
PowerBait in brighter colors and channel catfish usually bite well
on chicken liver. Equal opportunity anglers who would like to catch
a catfish, trout, or just about anything else that swims in the
canal can fish half a night crawler worm on the bottom.
Inland lakes and ponds of Cleveland Metroparks are still producing
some sunfish, crappie and largemouth bass as the fish put on some
weight before winter. The recent rain has caused Wallace Lake to
return to near normal level. Anglers may also note an intermittent
bright greenish yellow color to the water coming from the culvert
at the north end of the lake, but should not be alarmed. This is
due to use of a non-toxic tracer dye being used during a stormwater
study by a consultant for the city of Berea.
One courtesy dock remains in place at the Emerald Necklace Marina
for late season boaters.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clemetparks.com.
OHIO RIVER REGION
Pike Island Dam (Belmont County) – Sauger fishing has been good,
and anglers have been fishing the pier by vertical jigging with ¼-
ounce or smaller jigging spoons. Other methods for sauger fishing
on the river include cast and a slow retrieve off the bottom of
jigs with pearl or chartreuse Twister Tails tipped with a minnow.
Catfishing has been picking up in the evenings and early mornings;
try night crawlers or chicken livers. Anglers fishing for catfish
have also reeled in the occasional hybrid striped bass. Smallmouth
bass fishing has been fair; try casting spinner baits, crankbaits,
tube baits or top water “walk-the-dog” style baits off of stony
Ohio River (Jefferson County) – Anglers are catching smallmouth
bass below the New Cumberland lock. The numbers being caught are in
the double digits and the sizes range from 12-inch fish up to 18
inches. Anglers are using jigheads with Twister Tails or grubs.
White and chartreuse colors were the hot picks. This tackle is
ideal because it is effective and not expensive. Tackle loss at
this location can be high.
Riverbend to downtown area (Hamilton County) – Anglers report
catching channel cats off gravel humps in about 20 feet of water
near channel drop-offs. Fish depths from 15 to 30 feet and try cut