Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 31st, 2014
Pymatuning Lake (16,349 acres; Ashtabula County) – Bass: largemouth bass have been biting well in weedbeds. Try Texas- or wacky-rigged worms or buzzbaits. Sunfish: Bluegills are being caught in six to eight feet of water on ice ants tipped with maggots. Catfish: Channel catfish are being caught with nightcrawlers on the bottom. Walleye: are being caught 20 feet down over 25 feet of water. Try crankbaits or crawler harnesses.
Springfield Lake (290 acres; Summit County) – Bass: Largemouth bass have been shallow, hitting soft plastics. Panfish: A little deeper, anglers are taking crappie and bluegill in eight to ten feet of water. Small twisters, crankbaits, and minnows have been productive for both, while waxworms are a good bet for bluegill. Catfish: Try crawlers or shad on the bottom for channel catfish.
Berlin Lake (3,321 acres; Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties) – Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats at Berlin Lake during the day, but there is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake at night. Walleye: have been biting well near the deep structure north of Route 224. Jig and leach combinations, crawler harnesses, and shad-style crankbaits fished in at least 15 feet of water have all been productive. Catfish: Crawler harnesses are producing lots of bonus catfish.
Portage Lakes (1,190 acres; Summit County) – Portage Lakes are located a few miles south of the city of Akron. All lakes have a 400 horsepower limit. All areas are “no-wake” except for portions of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir. Largemouth bass: have been hitting topwater baits, especially in low light. Various soft plastics fished around weedbeds have been productive during the day.