East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies: are being caught by anglers using waxworms, tube jigs, or medium to large-sized minnows tipped on white or chartreuse jigs. Look for good crappie fishing off points and back into the cove areas, as well as up and into Poplar and Clover creeks. Bluegills: are hitting on waxworms and red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber around 2-3 feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Channel catfish: are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers fished along the bottom in the mouths of the creeks.
Mad River (Clark, Montgomery counties) – Trout: are being taken on spinnerbaits and rooster tails. Wading in the river and fishing from a kayak are both popular with anglers.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeye: 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. Zulu in pearl or Rapala X-Rap are also effective.