Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012
Springfield Lake (Summit County)
Snuggled against State Route 224, Springfield Lake has 290 acres of water and a decent amount of shoreline fishing access. Good numbers of channel catfish are being caught from both boat and shore. Keep much of your effort in the late evening and night hours when catfish are most active. Catfish are bottom feeders, so fish for them on bottom with chicken liver, nightcrawlers, cut bait, or some type of stink bait.
Lake Milton (Mahoning County)
Bass fishing has been as hot as the weather on Lake Milton. Anglers have been catching limits of feisty smallmouth bass, with some bonus largemouths thrown in. Shoreline fishing has been productive with tubes and other soft plastic crayfish imitations working well. With the summer shad hatch becoming available, downsized top-water baits and offshore patterns should also be coming into their own. Muskies have been active in Milton as well, taking large shad imitating crankbaits between Pointview and Elsworth roads. Farther toward the dam, walleye anglers are doing well on sandbars west of the Route 76 causeway. Jigging nightcrawlers and trolling small shad-style crankbaits have been the hot tickets.
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County)
Mogadore finds itself on the fishing report again for producing a consistent bite despite the weather. The crappie and bass bite has really slowed down, but where they are lacking, the catfish bite has picked up. Anglers are catching catfish from both shore and boats (electric motors only) on chicken livers. Sizes being caught are all across the board. There have been quite a few Fish Ohio channel catfish (26 inches or better) being caught.