Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Mogadore Reservoir (1,104-acres; Portage County) – Owned and operated by the city of Akron, this reservoir is in the southwestern portion of the county, three miles east of Akron and six miles south of Kent on State Route 43, 1 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 one mile west of State Route 5 in Cortland. Five maintained boat-launch ramps in addition to 250 docks (available for seasonal rental) are situated around this lake, providing convenient access. 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 (8-12 feet) on the edge of weed beds.
Wingfoot Lake (444 acres; Portage County) – Wingfoot Lake lies within Wingfoot Lake State Park, which is 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 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 (3,321 acres; Stark, Portage, Mahoning counties) – Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio at the junction of Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties. The lake is on, and is accessible from, U. S. Route 224 and State Routes 14 and 225. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats at Berlin Lake during the day, but there is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake at night. Walleye have moved into the willows. Try using crawler harnesses and jigs. Bass can be caught near shore on soft plastics.
Springfield Lake (290 acres; Summit County) – Springfield Lake is in southeastern Summit County and is immediately south of U.S. Route 224, one mile east of State Route 241, and a 1⁄4-mile west of State Route 91. Boats with motors up to 250 horsepower are allowed on the lake from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and 10 horsepower motors allowed at all other times. Crappie have been biting well around the lily pads. Try jigs tipped with curly-tails or minnows. Sunfish have been biting near shore on worms fished a couple of feet below a bobber. Catfish are being caught on worms and shrimp fished on the bottom.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – The white bass bite is firing up. Anglers are catching exceptional quality fish around the dam. Live gizzard shad have been a hot bait, while crankbaits are also delivering consistent action. Crappies continue to be taken on minnows and jigs near shore, and waxworms under a bobber are producing sunfish. The bass bite has picked up somewhat, with soft plastics producing some good fish along the shoreline.
Deer Creek Reservoir (Stark County) – Crappies have moved up along the shoreline of this quiet, electric only lake. Anglers are taking numbers of fish on minnows fished about three feet below a bobber. Similar setups tipped with waxworms are producing nice sunfish. Daytime catfishing has also been good. Fish nightcrawlers off the bottom for these tasty eaters.
LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) – The catfish bite has slowed a bit, but some large fish were reported being caught last week. Tactics that have been working here are similar to other lakes. Walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits and trolled minnow baits. Sunfish have been on the beds where they can be caught on waxworms fished two to three feet below a bobber.