Walleye fishing slows down on Lake Erie waters Northeast Region Report
Mahoning River (Mahoning County)
Northeast Ohio has some amazing lakes, but its hidden gems are the rivers, and the Mahoning River is no exception. The spring season is a great time to start targeting the river systems. The Mahoning River specifically is a bit low, providing additional access to points that normally would not be available. Smallmouth bass, walleyes, catfish and white bass will make up the majority of the catches on the Mahoning River with an occasional muskie or two. Fishing activity has been heating up below the concrete pillar areas in the river particularly across from the baseball fields in Struthers, the new bridge joining Struthers and Campbell, and in Lowellville. Most of the fish are being caught on minnow rigs, crankbaits and stick baits.
Cuyahoga River (Portage and Summit counties)
Smallmouth and northern pike action should continue to pick up in the Cuyahoga River as spring comes into full effect. The pike bite has been good in the Kent area with some nice size smallmouth bass added into the mix. Anglers are using a variety of tactics for targeting pike. Some are throwing in-line spinners and stick baits, while others are using large baitfish such as shiners and suckers. Just down river of the Gorge Dam in the Akron/Cuyahoga Falls area, smallmouth bass are fighting with each other to bite on your line. This area can be accessed through the soccer chuckery that is part of the Metro Parks serving Summit County. The sizes are not there with most fish ranging only 8-10 inches, but if you are after hook sets this is the place to go. In-line spinners, crankbaits, soft plastics, and live bait such as crawfish, leeches, maggots, and minnows have a great track record for smallmouth bass.