Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer and Auglaize counties) – Successful anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with some regularity. The popular setup has been the tried and true jig and minnow or just a minnow on a hook. Also try waxworms under a bobber. Most of the crappies have been running larger, in the 9½- to 11-inch range. Bluegills are similarly large for this lake. The key, anglers say, is to fish the proper depth in this lake. Try suspending the lure just off the bottom in 10 or so feet of water for the best bite.
Paint Creek Lake (Highland and Ross counties) – Crappies are hitting along banks and around downed trees. Anglers should fish in four to 11 feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in about four to 10 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County) – Fishermen looking for bass are finding a few largemouths in this southwest Ohio lake. Successful anglers are using Texas-rigged creature baits and tubes in a variety of patterns. Keep switching up colors until you find a productive pattern.