Steelhead run winding down in northeast Ohio – Southwest Report

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer County)

Bass are being caught in good numbers along the shoreline in less than three feet of water using soft plastics, (pumpkinseed, watermelon) and white spinner baits.  The bass are starting to spawn, so concentrate your efforts in the back of channels and bays where there is brush and rock. For panfish, good numbers are being caught with cork and live bait. Fish about one to two feet deep along any rocky or brushy channel. For catfish, good numbers are being taken on the main lake using cut bait, raw shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Fishing tight-line is best.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) ­

Anglers are reporting success on crappies using minnows and jigs with tubes. Try chartreuse and white color patterns. They are generally being taken in 18 to 24 inches of water. Fish around structure, fallen trees, and in the coves.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)

Anglers are reporting decent saugeye fishing. Try crankbaits or troll with a Shad-Rap. Crappies are hitting between three to four feet, use black or chartreuse jigs and minnows. Bass are being taken with crankbaits in water two to six feet in depth.

Categories: Ohio Fishing Reports, South West

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