Northwest Oho Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012
Resthaven Wildlife Area, Pond 7 (Erie County)
Resthaven Wildlife Area is located just outside Castalia on State Route 269. The area has 444 acres of water contained in 10 different ponds. Anglers should still be able to hook into some largemouth bass this time of year. Typical largemouth lures include plastic worms and crankbaits. Pond 7 is also an excellent pond to fish for carp. For something new, try bowfishing for carp from the access roads or from a boat. Boats may be used on the ponds. However, no boat ramps are available at most of the ponds. Pond 8 does have a boat ramp and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. Gasoline motors up to 9.9 horsepower may be used on all ponds. NOTICE: Due to a tile issue, Pond 10 has been drawn down for repairs.
Oxbow Lake (Defiance County)
Oxbow lake is located at Oxbow Wildlife Area, seven miles northwest of the City of Defiance on Trinity Road. Despite the heat, anglers have still been catching some largemouth bass. Try using tube jigs and white spinner baits. Boats are allowed on the lake and there is a boat ramp available. However, boats are restricted to electric motors only.
Ferguson Reservoir (Allen County)
Bluegills have been biting at the 305-acre reservoir. Try fishing near the boat ramp at the north bank and at the east bank near the cattails. Jigs and wax worms fished under a slip bobber have been enticing fish to bite. Catfish should be biting this time of year, as well. Fish along the dike that separates Ferguson and Metzger reservoirs. Try fishing the bottom using balloons at night with crawlers, shrimp or liver suspended below. Anglers should be able to hook into some perch at the reservoir as well. The best perch fishing is along the south side, near the steps. There is a primitive boat ramp on the reservoir, but boats are restricted to electric motors only.
Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County)
Findlay Reservoir No. 2 is located southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207. It is 629 acres in size with 4.2 miles of shoreline. There is a full boat ramp at the southern shore of the reservoir. Depth of the reservoir ranges from 18 feet to 37 feet. Despite the recent heat, anglers should still be able to hook into some walleyes. For best success, try fishing in the evening near the shoreline. Anglers have been doing well fishing with leeches in 10 feet of water. Fish should be accessible to anglers fishing from shore and from a boat. There is a 9.9 horsepower limit on the reservoir.