Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – February 28th, 2014
Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are reporting up to eight inches of good ice on Mosquito, with some areas on the north side of the lake reporting up to 10 inches. This prolonged cold snap has meant good panfishing on Mosquito with anglers catching bluegills and crappies primarily on jig combinations and jigging Rapalas. Not many walleyes are being reportedly caught. The tough walleye bite has continued through much of the winter.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Anglers have done fairly well on crappies, perch, and walleyes through the ice this winter. The best spot, according to all of the shanties in the area, is Tuttle Point. Fish are biting on jig and minnow combinations. Try a variety of colors to see what works best.
Berlin Reservoir (Portage, Mahoning, and Stark counties) – Anglers have been fishing this lake all winter, but the bite has been a tough one. For the best luck, try the area straight out from the boat launch. Fish anywhere from 10 to 20 feet of water with ice spoons or jig and minnow combinations. Some walleyes and catfish are being reported caught through the ice.
Charles Mill Lake (Richland, Ashland counties) – Ice is of varying thickness on this northeast Ohio lake, so be sure of the thickness before venturing too far out. Anglers who have been able to fish safely are reporting surprising catfish catches on jig and waxworm combinations. These offerings will also take saugeyes and crappies, though those bites have been reportedly tough.
Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland, Morrow counties) – The south side of the lake is the most heavily fished at this time of year. Anglers are catching crappies and bluegills through the ice, which is anywhere from five to six inches thick. Try waxworms under an ice bobber for the best results. Bluegill and yellow perch catches are coming in 10 feet of water. Search out underwater structure for the best panfish bite.
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – Anglers continue to fish this lake across from the lodge for crappies and bluegills. There is an old road bed that runs through this part of the lake that holds fish. Try jig and worm combinations, blade baits, or ice spoons tipped with a minnow. The occasional saugeye is also picked up in this area, but anglers mainly target them below the dam here in the winter.