Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015
East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using waxworms, tube jigs, or medium- to large-sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing tight line at night using nightcrawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver as bait. Bluegills are hitting on waxworms or red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber and about two to three feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Largemouth bass are being caught by anglers using six-inch plastic worms, spinner baits, or deep diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits colored shad.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) – Cooler water temperatures have the crappies biting. Good numbers of fish from nine to 10 inches can be found along the south shore and near Coldwater Creek. Fish around shoreline brush, fallen trees, or around boat docks. Try using live minnows or small jigs with plastic bodies.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeyes 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.
Paint Creek (Highland County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using minnows or jigs. Fish the bait in three to 12 feet of water. Fish the bait around any type of woody structure such as downed trees and overhanging brush and around the campgrounds. A few saugeye are being caught by casting jigs or trolling small crankbaits between the beach and the island and along the hazard area. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using waxworms under bobbers as bait. Fish the bait two to four feet deep. Good fishing spots are back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber.