Northwest Oho Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013
Maumee River (Defiance County) – Anglers have been catching saugeyes below the Independence Dam using small jigs and twister tails. The dam can be accessed from Independence Dam State Park, off State Route 424. Try using beetle spins (white or chartreuse), or inline spinners.
Ottawa River (Allen County) – This river, which passes through the city of Lima, is a good place to try for channel catfish. The best locations are from downtown to the Collett Street railroad trestle. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp, as well as commercial catfish baits are all popular with local anglers. Fishing access is mainly limited to the shoreline; however, some anglers do use small boats or canoes.
Bucyrus Reservoir #4, Outhwaite Reservoir (Crawford County) – Located in central Crawford County, two miles northeast of Bucyrus off State Route 98, this 160-acre reservoir contains populations of saugeyes, yellow perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappies, and bluegills. The best areas are around the artificial fish attractors spread liberally around the reservoir, areas near the fish shelves located at the southeast and northeast corners, or the weed bed at the northeast side. For bass, try minnows, plastic worms, tubes, crankbaits, small jigs and crayfish. Saugeyes can be caught using smaller jigs tipped with a twister tail, spinnerbaits, and minnows. There is shoreline access around this entire reservoir as well as two modern ramps located at the southwest corner of the reservoir. Access to these ramps is from State Route 98. There is no motor size restriction but a “No Wake” zone exists throughout the reservoir.
Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland and Morrow counties) – Located just eight miles south of Mansfield along State Route 97, this 971-acre reservoir is well-known for its muskellunge population. It is one of the eight lakes stocked with muskellunge in Ohio. However, the reservoir has good populations of largemouth bass and bluegills as well. Bluegill fishing should be excellent this time of year with fish ranging from 5 to 7 inches, with an occasional 9-inch fish being taken. Try using wax worms, or worm pieces fished under a bobber along the edges of weed beds. Largemouth bass fishing should also be excellent right now. Try using jigs tipped with pork, fished near structure located on the bottom. There are three picnic areas with access to the lake located along the south side of the reservoir. Shore fishing is only allowed along the south and west shorelines from the Orewiler Road bridge to a point 1,000 feet upstream of the dam. There are no motor size restrictions, but an 8 mph speed limit is enforced by the city of Mansfield.