Acton Lake (Preble County)
Good crappie action is being reported. Minnows are the bait of choice. Try about 15 feet deep and slow retrieve from the bottom.
Paint Creek (Highland County)
Crappies are being caught by anglers using minnows or jigs. Fish the bait in three to 12 feet of water. Fish the bait around any type of woody structure, such as downed trees and overhanging brush and around the campgrounds. A few saugeyes are being caught by casting jigs or trolling small crankbaits between the beach and the island and along the hazard area. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms under bobbers. Fish the bait two to four feet deep. Good fishing spots are back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties)
Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers, cut shad or chicken livers. Fish the bait along the bottom of the lake. Keep the bait along the sides of underwater structure such as the stumps in the shallower bays. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms or redworms. Fish them two to three feet deep and under a bobber. Fish the bait along the shore, near any type of structure, including the rocky areas and seawalls, and into the channels. Yellow perch are being caught by tipping a jig with nightcrawlers, minnows, redworms, tiger worms, or wax worms. Cast anywhere along the state beaches and fishing piers. Successful anglers are fishing the shorelines where the wind is blowing into them. Fish the bait in three to five feet of water and about six-inches off of the bottom. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using slow baits in the back of the bays such as jigs, jig-n-pig combos, Carolina rigs, and rubber worms. Shad color variations, pink, purple with a green head, or a black or white head colored lures are working well. Fish the main lake points.
Great Miami River (Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Montgomery, Miami and Shelby counties) – Anglers are reporting nice catches of smallmouth bass in the 13- to 17-inch range. Use dark colored Twisters, Texas rigs, Hot-n-Tots and X-Raps. Cast into the bank and bounce back along areas with sunken trees and rocky slopes.
Mad River (Clark, Montgomery counties)
Trout are being taken on spinners and Rooster Tails. Wading the river and fishing from a kayak are both popular with anglers.