Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – April 22nd, 2016
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are catching walleyes this spring on this large Trumbull County lake, according to Vienna-area angler Mike Mainhart. A few walleyes have topped 16 inches and are being caught on soft plastics in orange. A few crappies are also being caught on Gulp minnows in chartreuse patterns.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – Anglers are catching a good number of yellow perch and crappies on this lake that spans the eastern border between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Crappies are coming in from 15 to 25 feet of water by anglers using minnows under a bobber or waxworms. Yellow perch are biting on the same baits, though they’re tending to be in shallower water.
Charles Mill Lake (Richland, Ashland counties) – Anglers fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water on this lake have been picking up the occasional saugeye. According to angler reports, the ‘eyes are suspended about halfway up the water column. Try jigging blade baits for the best bite. Crappies too are being caught on small minnows and waxworms fished in the wood.
Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – Anglers are using plastic swimbaits to entice the panfish bite from bluegills and crappies at this Portage Lake. Fish in from five to 10 feet of water for the best bite. Minnows are taking fish, too, anglers report. Waxworms under a bobber would also be a good bet. There’re enough bluegills in this lake to keep a kid (or an adult!) busy for hours.
West Branch Reservoir (2,300-acres; Portage County) – This lake is just east of Ravenna and offers more than 40 miles of shoreline fishing, as well as two boat ramps, which are both accessible from Cable Line Road. Anglers are reporting that the walleye bite is tough right now, but you might try a blade bait to entice the bite. Muskie anglers are having some success, primarily using big inline bucktail spinnerbaits in the wood.
Atwood Lake (1,529 acres; Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – Atwood Lake is at the western edge of Dellroy in western Carroll County along State Route 542. The dam is in Tuscarawas County on State Route 212. Shore and boat fishing are allowed. Three boat-launch ramps are situated around this lake. Atwood Lake is restricted to boats with motors of 25-horsepower or less. For crappies, use minnows on #6 or smaller hooks or small jigs with or without minnows, fished around structure. For saugeyes, use jig and minnow or jig and nightcrawler combinations, fished around mid-lake points and drop-offs. For largemouth bass, try spinnerbaits, surface lures, and plastic worms. For sunfish, use waxworms, maggots, or small worms, with small hooks (# 10 or smaller).