Southwest Ohio Fishing Report
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)
Prior to the heavy rains, bluegills were being taken in 2-4 feet of water along shorelines with fallen trees and brush. Use wax worms, redworms, or pieces of nightcrawlers fished 1½ – 2 feet below a small bobber. Try saugeye fishing in 5-10 feet of water near the islands and along shoreline points. Cast silver-colored crankbaits and jigs with Twister Tails, or trying slowly drifting while bouncing a nightcrawler along the bottom.
Acton Lake (Butler County) – Crappies are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Fish a live minnow or wax worm two to five feet below a bobber near fallen trees or brush along the shore. Also try casting jigs with plastic Twister Tails or tube bodies for crappies. Largemouth bass fishing is also excellent at this lake. Try casting crankbaits or jigs along the east shore from the lodge to the dam.
Ohio Brush Creek (Adams County)
The white crappies are being caught on live minnows around stumps and laydowns. Crappies up to 14 inches are being caught. Creek level is good and so is the water quality.
Cowan Lake (Clinton County)
Saugeye action is heating up, with anglers taking better numbers of 13- to 20-inch fish. Try casting a jig tipped with a piece of nightcrawler, and hop it along the bottom in 5 to 12 feet of water near the beach. If you prefer trolling, saugeyes can be taken on shad patterned medium or deep diving crankbaits. A lot of 7- to 8-inch crappies are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fished near submerged trees 6 to 15 feet deep. Bluegills can be caught on red worms or wax worms near boat docks or the edges of lily pads.