Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – April 22nd, 2016

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – The catch is a mixed bag of fish right now on this Champaign County lake. Anglers are catching bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, and hybrid striped bass. Crappies are reportedly of some good size – fish up to 13 inches are being caught. Use minnows under a slip bobber for the best bite.

 C.J. Brown Reservoir (1,970 acres, 14 miles of shoreline; Clark County) – Try early morning boat fishing for walleyes using 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 redworms fished under a bobber for bluegill. 

 Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton, and Greene counties) – Anglers fishing this large impoundment in early spring are targeting spotted bass and largemouth bass with some success. Try using a jerkbait fished slowly for the best bite. Fish have ranged in size from 15 to 20 inches.

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 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 as bait.

 Grant Lake (Brown County) – Crappies should be turning on as water temperatures rise. Anglers should try fishing the boat ramp south to the dam and along brushy shoreline areas. Try minnows with floats at about two to three feet down. Jigheads with small tubes or curly tails are also recommended.

 Grand Lake St. Marys (12,680 acres, 56 miles of shoreline; Auglaize, Mercer counties) – Crappies are biting well along docks and brush. Try using chartreuse, pink, or white colored jigs approximately 1.5 to 2 feet deep.

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