Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – May 20th, 2016
Mogadore Reservoir (1,104-acres; Portage County) – Owned and operated by the city of Akron, this reservoir is located in the southwestern portion of the county, three miles east of Akron and six miles south of Kent on state Route 43, one mile south of U.S. Route 224. April, May, and June are the best months for catching largemouth bass: cast surface lures, crankbaits, or spinners toward shore and retrieve at moderate speed. For crappies, use live minnows and jigs, particularly in stumpy areas. Fishing from shore is somewhat limited, but the entire reservoir is available for boat fishing. Outboard motors are limited to electric only.
Silver Creek Lake (46-acres; Summit County) – Owned and operated by Summit County Metro Parks, this reservoir is about two miles south of the city of Norton, approximately one mile north of state Route 585 off Medina Line Road. Silver Creek Lake is contained within Silver Creek Metro Park. Largemouth bass and bluegills can be captured close to shore, especially during the spring and again in the fall. For largemouth bass, use spinner baits, surface lures, and plastic worms. For bluegills and other sunfish, use waxworms, maggots, or small worms.
Mosquito Creek Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) – Mosquito Creek Lake is within Mosquito Lake State Park in Trumbull County approximately 1 mile west of state Route 5 in Cortland. Five maintained boat-launch ramps in addition to 250 docks (available for seasonal rental) are provide convenient access around this lake. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Walleyes seem to be the hot bite at Mosquito Lake. Small jigs tipped with a minnow at the right spot will be sure to keep your rod busy. Focus your time on woody snags or other structure in bays where the water tends to warm up quicker or in deeper water (eight to 12 feet) on the edge of weed beds.
Wingfoot Lake (444 acres; Portage County) – Wingfoot Lake lies within Wingfoot Lake State Park, in southwestern Portage County, three miles east of Akron and eight miles south of Kent, west of state Route 43, one half mile south of U.S. Route 224. Boats are allowed on Wingfoot Lake, but they must be propelled by outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. For crappie, live minnows and jigs fished in six to eight feet of water are producing some nice slabs. Anglers are reporting that most of the fish are being caught toward the bottom. Real nice bonus perch are being caught by anglers while crappie fishing. Stick with the same bait, setup, and locations as crappie for a chance to pull in some nice perch.
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 anywhere from 15 to 25 feet of water by anglers using minnows under a bobber or waxworms. Crappies have been large, some running up to 15 inches, according to angler reports. The crappie bite started out slow this spring, but is turning on as the temperatures warm, anglers report.
Dale Walborn Reservoir (Portage County) – Crappies continue to bite well, with some larger sized fish being taken. Minnows and worms under a bobber continue to produce these tasty panfish. In addition, anglers fishing live bait have been taking good numbers of channel catfish, typically ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Bobber rigs, as well as slip sinker rigs with nightcrawlers, have been particularly effective. The shoreline bite has been hot for sunfish, although these fish have run small. Try waxworms one to two feet below a bobber for fast action. A few bass have also been taken, and the sizes are good. Try using crankbaits, soft plastics, or topwater lures.
Berlin Lake (Mahoning, Portage, Stark counties) – Walleyes are biting well. Anglers are taking good numbers of keeper fish on small jigs tipped with leeches or trolling worm harnesses. Bluegills are biting near the shore, as well, using waxworms or nightcrawlers a couple of feet below a bobber. The warm weather has the channel catfish moving too, with nightcrawlers on slip sinker rigs being the bait of choice. The Route 14 bridge has been a hot spot. Topwater baits and tube jigs have produced occasional good catches of bass.