Northwest Oho Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013

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.

Bressler Reservoir (Allen County) – This reservoir is located outside the city of Lima, one mile south of State Route 81 and one mile north of State Route 117 on Kemp and Grubb roads. Bressler Reservoir has a surface area of 582 acres. Its maximum depth is 44 feet near the northeast corner, with an average depth of 27 feet. An underwater island adjacent to the conservation pool along the southern shoreline has shallower depths to 10 feet. This shallower water provides better food production than the deeper waters of the reservoir and serves as a fish concentration device. The only aquatic vegetation beds in the reservoir are around this underwater island and in the shoreline area south of the boat ramp. Bluegills can be caught along the reservoir’s entire shoreline; however, anglers usually have the best success at the east end of the north shore. Walleyes can be caught along the drop-off all along the shoreline, or near the underwater island. Try drifting or trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits in the morning and evenings.

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) – This 15-acre lake located on County Road 11, just a half-mile south of County Road 424, should be producing nice bluegills the next two months. The best fishing is usually along the shoreline, using wax worms fished under a slip bobber. There is a public-use boat ramp available, but boats are restricted to 10-horsepower motors. In addition, there is a 10-fish daily limit on bluegills and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) – This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegills. All area lakes are open to public fishing on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays until July 29. No more than 15 sunfish may be kept per day for all La Su An area lakes, and no more than five of these may be eight inches or more in length. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish, but finding it difficult to catch the fish less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of five fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division’s webpage at

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