Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013

 Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Bluegills are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers or wax worms. There are good fishing opportunities along woody debris shorelines and pier areas. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Cast from the pier area. Keep the bait off the bottom and about three to six feet deep. Anglers should keep in mind that there is plenty of forage for fish this time of the year and can result in lower success while angling. Be patient.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Bluegills are being taken at four to eight feet using red worms and wax worms. Look for shoreline areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be most productive. A variety of catfish are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers, shrimp, stink bait, cut bait, and chicken livers. Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in five- to 10-foot depths. As water temperatures cool down, try fishing for saugeyes by trolling crankbaits, casting jigs, or drifting with a nightcrawler harness.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties)  – Channel catfish are popular at Ohio’s largest inland lake. Try fishing on the bottom with nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, or cut baits. Prime areas include the Windy Point fishing pier, and the stone piers along the east bank. Increase your chances of catching a large flathead catfish by using large chub minnows or live sunfish for bait.
Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Channel catfish are being caught below the dam in the tailwaters. Successful anglers are using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut baits fished on the bottom. For saugeyes in the lake, try casting or trolling silver-colored crankbaits on flats near the beach and Plum Run islands area.

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