Southwest Ohio FIshing Report – July 31st, 2014

Stillwater River (Miami County) – Smallmouth bass: are being caught by anglers using artificial soft craws and real soft craws, and lead-headed jigs tipped with a curly tail or other soft bait. The best color choices are black and green or pumpkinseed.

East Fork (Clermont County) – Largemouth bass: are being caught by anglers using plastic worms, banded crankbaits, or topwater baits such as buzzbaits. Best times are early in the morning and late in the evening. Cast along the points, buck brush, banks, and in the areas with submerged trees or brush. Jig the worm on the bottom. Keep the shiners or minnows moving in the top two to three feet of water. Channel catfish: are being caught by anglers using minnows or chicken liver as bait. Larger channel catfish are being caught on the nightcrawlers, Nitro worms (green nightcrawlers), or chicken livers. Keep the bait along the bottom and near any rock wall and at least 18 feet deep. Bluegills: are hitting on meal worms, waxworms, or red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber and two to five feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees.

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish: are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye: are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait on the Butler County side of lake. Keep the bait between 10 and 12 feet deep for the best results. Crappie: are hitting on minnows fished six to eight feet under a bobber. Keep the bait near downed trees and brush.

Whitewater River and Lake (Hamilton County) – Bass: For bass try jigging, crankbaits, or soft plastics. Bluegill: Try waxworms and a bobber or smaller inline spinner baits. Catfish: Use goldfish, shiners, or suckers. These can be purchased at the marina. Try the pool where the river meets U.S. 50. Sauger, white bass, channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass: Try a jighead with a plain white grub. Spoons and rattletraps are also recommended.

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