Steelhead run winding down in northeast Ohio – Northeast Report
Dale Walborn Reservoir (Portage County)
Crappies have been biting very well in water less than five feet deep. Boat and shore anglers are catching large numbers of fish on minnows, wax worms and jigs suspended under slip bobbers. The channel catfish have also been active, taking nightcrawlers fished on slip-sinker rigs.
Berlin Lake (Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties)
The crappie bite continues at this large, popular northeast Ohio lake. Anglers are catching crappies in five to seven feet of water, in bays and the main lake. Fish seem to be schooling farther from cover than usual at times, so be prepared to try different locations to find them. Jig and minnow combinations or tube jigs suspended under slip bobbers are the ticket. Walleyes are biting at times as well, with jig and minnows and fat-bodied crankbaits producing well. Many walleye anglers are catching bonus catfish, with nightcrawlers being especially effective. White bass are running up the creeks, giving shore anglers an excellent shot at some fast action. Try small crankbaits and other minnow-imitating baits.