Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012
Indian Lake (Logan County)
The best fishing action has been early in the morning and in the evening. For saugeyes, try trolling with a Rat-L-Trap or Shad-Rap. Anglers are reporting slow fishing from the shore. Bluegills have moved off of the banks and are hitting around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, cut shad and nightcrawlers.
Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties)
Crappies are hitting along banks around downed trees. Anglers should fish in four to 11 feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in about four to 10 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting wax worms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
Lake Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby counties)
The best crappie fishing has been by boaters, working around structure at six to seven feet deep. Minnows have been the top bait. For bluegills, anglers should fish from the banks early and late. During the day, work the deep brush piles. Catfish are hitting all over the lake on nightcrawlers, cut shad, chicken livers and prepared baits. For bass, fish off the banks in seven to nine feet of water with spinners and crankbaits.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County)
Crappies are being caught by anglers using live minnows or jigs tipped with PowerBait. Try fishing in and around structure such as brush piles and fallen trees. Keep the bait below 9 feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught using chicken livers as bait. Keep the bait under a bobber and off of the bottom. Channel catfish are being caught off of Tunnel Mill.