Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Cowan Lake (Clinton County)

Bluegills and sunfish are being caught by anglers using earthworms or wax worms as bait. Good artificial bait colors are green or chartreuse. There are good fishing opportunities from a boat or along the shoreline and pier areas. Look for additional opportunities in the mouth of Cowan Creek. Keep the bait five to six feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp or earthworms. Fish from the pier area, campground cove, or creek channel. Keep the bait off of the bottom and about three to six feet deep. There is a 10-horsepower motor limit at this reservoir.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County)

Hybrid striped bass can be caught this time of year by anglers trolling or jigging shad colored crankbaits or spoons in five- to seven-foot depths. Also, try slowly trolling with live gizzard shad. Shore anglers have been successful using nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Watch for schools of small shad jumping at the surface – hybrids may be feeding below the schools. Best area to fish is around the main state park public swimming beach. Remember, all hybrids less than 15 inches long must be immediately released back into the lake. Also, anglers can only keep a daily limit of four hybrids. Anglers are encouraged to cut the line on deeply hooked hybrids to be released back into the lake. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using crawdads, live minnows, or earth worms. Cast into the areas under undercut banks or near submerged trees and brush. Keep the bait off of the bottom and about five to eight feet deep. Use live bait such as gizzard shad or bluegills to catch flathead catfish.

Stillwater River (Miami County)

Smallmouth bass are being caught by anglers using artificial soft craws and real soft craws, lead headed jigs tipped with a curly tail, or other soft bait. The best color choices are black and green or pumpkinseed. Find deep pools due to the dry conditions.

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