North West

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties) — Anglers are reporting catching some crappies and bluegills on this western Ohio lake. Try the tried and true jig and minnow combination or just a simple waxworm under a bobber for best results. Some bass are also being caught by those anglers fishing for panfish. Maumee River (Lucas County) —  As of March 1, wading to Bluegrass Island was possible, according…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — With no ice in the foreseeable future, hope for open water at this Hancock County lake in the city of Findlay. This lake is a good spot to catch walleyes and yellow perch when conditions are right. Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize, and Mercer counties) – The ice was already relatively thin on Grand Lake St. Marys before temperatures…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 15th, 2016

Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County)  — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported Dec. 31 that streams were finally coming down and were expected to have fresh runs of steelhead. Streams were blown-out through the holidays and unfishable. Single eggs and minnows were effective before conditions changed. Presque Isle Bay — Anglers were reporting catches of nice-size yellow perch in the…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 18th, 2015

Presque Isle Bay — Two anglers reported limits of perch totaling 15 pounds on a mild day in late November. Several anglers said this past November was the best for perching they could remember, with great catches coming on small minnows on Subiki rigs. Several anglers also reported walleyes, which followed emerald shiners into the bay. Burbot (freshwater cod) were…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

Van Wert Reservoirs #1 and #2 (Van Wert County) – These two reservoirs are on State Route 127 at the south edge of the city of Van Wert. Anglers should have success catching sunfish at Van Wert Reservoir #1. Anglers should try using waxworms under a slip bobber set to seven feet during the mornings and evenings. Try fishing along the southeast bank. Bass anglers should head over to Van Wert Reservoir…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (Hancock County) – Saugeyes should be feeding heavily now that the water temperatures have dropped. Try drifting or trolling the shoreline at night with crankbaits or worm harnesses. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9-horsepower motor restriction.  Charles Mill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland counties) – Good numbers of crappies from nine to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 20th, 2015

Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead streams were low and clear through early November, although fish had moved up into the deeper holes around the end of October, following much-needed rainfall. Anglers were catching steelhead and brown trout on skein, single eggs, blood dots, and minnows. When the lake was calm, shore anglers were doing well on spoons, spinners, and powerbait,…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015

Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) – Findlay Reservoir #2 is southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207. There is a full boat ramp at the southern shore of the reservoir. Yellow perch and walleyes should be biting this month. During the fall, yellow perch can be caught around structure. The best baits include minnows and red worms fished near the bottom…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland county line) – Good numbers of crappies from nine to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in eight to 12 feet of water near submerged trees. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye, and yellow perch. For saugeye, trolling a jointed 21⁄2-inch, 1⁄4-ounce lure about 10…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – October 23rd, 2015

Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County) — The lower reaches of Walnut, Elk and Crooked creeks were yielding a few steelhead in the early morning and late evening hours. Creeks were low as of Oct. 11. Anglers were doing well at the mouths of the creeks on spoons, spinners, skein and baits.  Lake Pleasant (Erie County) —The trout bite picked up…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

Lake McKarns (70 acres; Williams County) – Largemouth bass activity is beginning to pick up. Try fishing along the edges, particularly in the southwest area of the lake. Anglers should try using topwater lures fished along the structure edges. The lake features a boat ramp and boats are limited to 10-horsepower engines. Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (137 acres; Hancock County) – As the water temperatures begin…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – October 9th, 2015

Lake Erie  — Perch were hitting in nice numbers and some jumbo sizes in 58 feet near the Ohio line in mid-September. One angler reported catching a 7-pound smallmouth bass. Earlier in September, one angler caught some nice walleyes and steelhead in 105 feet near the Canadian line. Lots of smelt and shiners were spotted. Blue-green sunfish-color plugs were productive…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 25th, 2015

Sandusky Bay (Erie County) – Some very large catfish have been taken in Sandusky Bay. Try using shrimp or worms fished on the bottom. Night fishing has been more productive than day fishing. Willow Point, Bay Bridge Access, and Bay View Fishing Access are all good places try for catfish. Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) – Largemouth bass anglers…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 25th, 2015

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Walleyes, smallmouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish were reported through Sept. 10, with stick baits, spinners, live bait, and cut bait effective for many anglers. Moderate to low-flow conditions were reported.  Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Some nice largemouth bass and bluegills were reported through Sept. 10. Upper Clarion River (Clarion…