Berlin Lake (3,321 acres; Stark, Mahoning, and Portage counties) – Walleye, crappie and white bass: Vib-E’s and jig-and-minnow combos are producing mixed bags of fish. Walleyes average 27.5 inches, crappie average 14 inches, and white bass average 16 inches. Black bass: crankbaits, jigs, and topwater baits.
Highlandtown Lake (187 acres; Columbiana County) – Largemouth bass: focus target areas close to shore with spinnerbaits, surface lures, and plastic worms. Catching a few 20-inch-plus largemouths is a strong possibility this time of year. Bluegill: waxworms, maggots, or small worms with a small hook (#10 or smaller) is the best bet for bluegills eight inches and up. Channel catfish: Shrimp, nightcrawlers, or chicken liver in shallow areas at dusk are the best bets. A sliding sinker rig, using a swivel to keep the weight from hitting the hook (such as what would be used for fishing for bass with plastic worms) will work well. A #4 hook seems a preferred size.
West Branch Reservoir (2,350 acres; Portage County) – This reservoir is designated for unlimited horsepower. Pike: Anglers are casting crankbaits and stickbaits in shallow water, three to four feet. Muskellunge: Muskie anglers are having similar success fishing larger presentations in shallow water as the muskie bite continues to be solid. Successful anglers are targeting downed trees and other sunken structures.
Nimisila Reservoir (742 acres; Summit County) – Boats with electric motors only. Bass and catfish: Live baits, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, and shiners, have produced nice mixed catches of bass and catfish. Anglers are catching them both from boat and shore. Shore anglers have focused their efforts on the east shorelines off of Christman Road.