Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016
Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing can be 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 are also effective.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeyes are being taken in eight- to 15-foot depths near the islands and along main lake points. Try trolling silver-colored crankbaits so that the lure occasionally bumps bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms, and crankbaits for bass.
C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Walleye fishing continues to improve. Try early morning boat angling fishing jigs tipped with a nightcrawler over the mid-lake humps and in the north end of the lake. Remember there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleyes. Bluegills can be caught around the rocky shorelines of the dam and the marina. Also, try fishing the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground. Use waxworms or red worms for bluegill, fished under a bobber.
Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County) – Try your luck on bluegill and sunfish using red worms, earthworms, or waxworms. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep. The Family Fishing Pond is best and is marked and accessible from Campbell Road in the wildlife area.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County) – For crappies, try using live minnows, or jigs with plastic bodies. Anglers should concentrate on fishing in the shallow areas near stickups and brush piles. Anglers can also try following the wood lines back into the tributary creeks. For spotted and largemouth bass, try using spinnerbaits and plastic jigs colored black and blue. Hybrid striped bass are being caught off the beach parking lot by fishing chicken liver just off of the bottom. For channel catfish, try using nightcrawlers fished tightline on the bottom.
Grant Lake (Brown County) – For crappies, try minnows with floats at about two to three feet down. Jigheads with small tubes or curly tails are also recommended.