Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 8th, 2012
Northeast Ohio Region
The crappie bite continues to ride its high peak in most reservoirs in northeast Ohio with the sunfish and catfish bite creeping up into the rankings. With water levels being a bit low across the board this year, anglers are having to find new honey holes as many of their old ones are not holding fish. The walleye bite has had a lot of highs and lows. Anglers pursuing walleye should begin to think about transitioning to summer fishing patterns. Walleyes are starting to be caught by anglers drift fishing and trolling in deeper water. There has been no real set pattern on finding largemouth bass, but once they are located in the reservoir the bite has been solid. It has been one of the best years for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. The low, crystal clear water requires that anglers approach their fishing holes a bit more cautiously to prevent spooking the fish.
Leesville Lake (Carroll County)
Leesville Lake is located in southwestern Carroll County and is approximately two miles southeast of Sherrodsville on County Road 22 and five miles south of Carrollton on State Route 332. Leesville Lake is one of Ohio’s top muskellunge lakes. Muskie can be fished for this time of year by casting or trolling large crankbaits. Spinner baits or jerk baits are good casting lures as well for this top predator. A wire leader or very high pound-test monofilament leader is a must, since muskellunge have an array of sharp teeth that will cut fishing line instantly.
Dale Walborn Reservoir (Portage County)
Crappies continue to bite well, with some larger sized fish being taken. Minnows and worms under a bobber continue to produce these tasty panfish. In addition, anglers fishing live bait have been taking good numbers of channel catfish, typically ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Bobber rigs, as well as slip sinker rigs with nightcrawlers, have been particularly effective. The shoreline bite has been hot for sunfish, although these fish have run small. Try wax worms 1 to 2 feet below a bobber for fast action. A few bass have also been taken, and the sizes are good. Try using crankbaits, soft plastics, or top water lures.