Crappie bite already going strong on inland waterways – Southwest Region Report
East Fork Lake (Clermont County)
The bass and striper bite is still a few weeks away but crappie anglers are having luck fishing small to medium size minnows in deep 15-25 feet of water.
Boars Head Bait & Carry Out, 513-724-1211.
Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties)
Crappie fishing has been fair with anglers picking up fish along the channel banks on the north end of the lake fishing tubes or minnows in 4-6-foot depths. Largemouth bass are also being caught in 3-5-foot depths on jig and pigs in black or blue. The channel catfish bite has been decent on cut shad and night crawlers. Anglers are also picking up a few saugeyes at the spillway using twister tails.
Cole’s Bait and Tackle, 937-365-1436
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)
The south side of the lake has been a popular spot for crappie anglers, who have been catching fair numbers of fish in 10-14-foot depths on minnows. Largemouth bass are being caught in 3-5 feet of water on black or blue jigs. On the lake’s west end where the water is shallow, fishermen are catching channel catfish on night crawlers and cut shad. Bluegills are also being landed in shallow, 3-5 feet of water, primarily in the lake’s coves. The bite is coming on wax worms.