Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeyes are being taken near the islands and along main lake points. Try trolling silver-colored crankbaits where the lure occasionally bumps the bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms, and crankbaits for bass.
Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent as the water cools and river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water deeper than four feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs, and undercut banks. Try drifting a live nightcrawler or minnow fished under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crankbaits in crawdad patterns also work well. Zulu in pearl or Rapala X-Raps are also effective.
East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using wax worms, tube jigs, or medium to large sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing tightline at night using nightcrawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms or red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber and about two to three feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using six-inch plastic worms, spinnerbaits, or deep diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits or colored shad.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) – Cooler water temperatures have the crappies biting. Good numbers of fish from 9 to 10 inches can be found along the south shore and near Coldwater Creek. Fish around shoreline brush, fallen trees, or around boat docks. Try using live minnows or small jigs with plastic bodies.