Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016
Killdeer Plains Pond No. 33 (Wyandot County) – This pond is northeast of the village of Marseilles, one mile east of State Route 67 on former County Road 75. Largemouth bass anglers usually have the best success early in the morning along the south dike and on the fishing piers. Try fishing with a jig and pig slowly off points, logs, and other structure, or casting buzzbaits over weedbeds. The pond has a boat ramp with a floating dock. Boats are limited to 10 horsepower motors. Shore fishing is available from the dike and piers. Wading along the north shore is also popular.
Willard Reservoir (Huron County) – Walleyes and perch should be biting now at the reservoir, which is on State Route 61, two miles north of New Haven. Fish for walleyes along the contour breaks located throughout the reservoir. Try casting diving crankbaits and jigs with minnows or vertical jigging blade bits. Anglers can fish from shore or from a boat. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at City Hall. For maps and fishing forecast, visit the Division of Wildlife’s website at wildohio.com.
Nettle Lake (Williams County) – Nettle Lake is 115 acres in size with 3.8 miles of shoreline. Most of the shoreline is privately owned, which limits public access. A public boat ramp is located off County Road 4.75 at the southwest corner of the lake. Anglers should have good luck this time of year fishing for crappies. Try fishing under the privately owned boat docks from a boat. Anglers should also try for crappies using minnows along the edges. Nettle Lake has some unique boating regulations that anglers need to be aware of. There is no horsepower limit; however, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m., boats must operate at an idle speed. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. there are no speed restrictions.
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland county line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is next to Mohican State Forest, two miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Crappies should be biting this time of year. Try fishing for crappies along the rocky ledge on the southern shore near the southern bend and in the small coves along the southern part of the reservoir.
Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) – Findlay Reservoir #2 is southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207. It is 629 acres in size with 4.2 miles of shoreline. There is a full boat ramp at the southern shore of the reservoir. Depth of the reservoir ranges from 18 to 37 feet. Fishing from a boat usually offers the best success. Excellent numbers of yellow perch and white bass can be found, along with good numbers of crappies and walleyes. Try casting jigs and tubes into the windward shore for walleyes. There is a 9.9-horsepower limit on the reservoir.
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – For crappies, try fishing around standing timber and brush. Live minnows fished under a bobber usually produce the best; however, some anglers cast 1⁄8-ounce jigs with a twister tail tipped with a waxworm. This reservoir closes at 10 p.m.