North West

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a newer floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Channel catfish should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores. Nightcrawlers or cut baits fished tightlined on the bottom, or just off bottom using slip bobbers, produce the best results. There is…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland County line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is located next to Mohican State Forest, two miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Water levels are at normal levels right now….

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

Crossroads Industrial Pond (Crawford County) – This 10-acre pond is in central Crawford County, on the north side of Bucyrus along State Route 4, at the end of Crossroads Boulevard. Throughout the year, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish can be caught in this pond. This time of year, the largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish should be biting. Most…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – August 14th, 2015

Lake Erie  — Walleyes were reported in 70 to 75 feet close to the Ohio line at July’s end. Some anglers were doing well on deep-diving crankbaits in 55 to 70 feet. Although hit or miss for much of this summer, perch fishing was picking up with some limits being taken in 50 to 52 feet, and in 43 to…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

Oxbow Lake (Defiance County) – Oxbow Lake is in Oxbow Wildlife Area, seven miles northwest of the city of Defiance on Trinity Road. Largemouth bass fishing has been very good. People are taking a number of the smaller fish out of the lake, which should help the age structure in the future. Just about anything has been effective at catching…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Northwest Region Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Reservoir (241 acres; Wyandot County) – Crappies have been biting on minnows. The best location has been south of the boat ramp, and the best time to fish has been mid-day. Channel catfish should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores using nightcrawlers or cut baits fished tightlined on the bottom, or just off bottom…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – July 17th, 2015

Lake Erie —Perch hadn’t schooled up in big packs as of June 29, but some limits were reported in 53 feet off Walnut Creek, as weather conditions allowed. Perch also were reported off Trout Run in 42 feet and off Elk Creek in 35 to 42 feet.  The closer to shore, yellow perch anglers also were catching silver bass, drum,…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — Anglers fishing for perch and walleyes haven’t done much good recently, but a few surprise channel catfish are showing up in the creel. Catfish are biting on the same baits that one would use to catch walleyes and perch – jig tipped with a minnow or straight minnow on a hook under a bobber….

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – July 3rd, 2015

Lake Erie (Erie County)  — Windy conditions had the lake stirred up in mid-June. Perch were scattered, with some anglers making catches in 40 to 50 feet on the west side. Walleye charters were in search mode, with some of the better catches reported in 22 to 25 feet on crawler harnesses trolled at one to one-and-a-half miles per hour…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – June 19th 2015

Lake Erie — As of June 7, Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported that perch were hitting in 55 feet of water 40 to 45 feet out from Trout Run, and walleyes were biting in 50 feet off Elk Creek or the Point. Presque Isle Bay — Poor Richard’s reported June 7 that “tons of smallmouth bass” were still in…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Resthaven Wildlife Area, (Erie County) – Resthaven Wildlife Area is located just outside Castalia on State Route 269. The area has 444 acres of water contained in 10 different ponds. Bluegill fishing is usually very good this time of year. Try casting waxworms, small jigs, and spinnerbaits throughout the pond edges. Ponds 7 and 8 should be doing the best…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – June 5th 2015

Lake Erie — The lake trout and smallmouth bass bites were excellent out of North East Marina, with lakers on the move mid-May north of the mountain from Freeport to the state line in 65 to 105 feet and hitting spoons on downriggers within 10 feet or the bottom and dipsey divers at 1½ setting 165 feet out.  Presque Isle…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Anglers fishing for saugeyes here are finding fairly good luck. Fish are well distributed throughout the lake, according to angler reports, and can be caught on a variety of offerings from swimbaits to crankbaits to jig and minnow combinations. Saugeyes have ranged from 15 to 24 inches. Scioto River (Huron County) – Channel…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – May 22nd, 2015

Lake Erie — As of May 9, anglers were starting to catch a few perch in 30 in 35 feet off Walnut. The night-time walleye bite was starting along the shoreline, particularly on the west side between dusk and dark, as walleyes were feeding on smolts. Floating stickbaits, fire-tiger-patterned crankbaits and jointed crankbaits were productive. Some walleyes were running 5…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

 Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) – Saugeye fishermen are picking up a few fish by trolling blade baits on this popular Logan County lake. Saugeyes are also being caught on swimbaits, anglers report.  Saugeyes have ranged from 15 to 20 inches. For crappies, use a 1⁄8-ounce jig tipped with a minnow for the best bite. Crappies can be caught…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – May 8th, 2015

Lake Erie — Some lingering ice as of April 20 put the kibosh on boating, although the marina at North East was ice free and yielding a few steelhead and brown trout. Lake trout fishing typically heats up when lake temperatures reach about 42 degrees.  Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Water was about 42 degrees on April 20, and…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – April 24th, 2015

Lake Erie tributaries — Warmer water triggered the end of steelhead fishing in early April. Brown trout were reported along the lake shore. Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Ice was practically gone by April 6. Crappies were reported from the state park marina docks and perch were reported from the north and south piers. A few brown trout were…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – April 10th, 2015

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay — Some nice brown trout were caught through last ice off East Avenue. The bay was loaded with bait fish and steelhead.  Walnut, Elk, Crooked Creeks and Upper Gravel Pit (Erie County) — Ice had moved out of the tributaries and water levels were falling as of March 25, although shore ice remained in some…

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – March 20th, 2015

Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Hit or miss catches of panfish were reported in the bay earlier this month. Pressure was high but yields were inconsistent. Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few yellow perch, most of which were small, and a few walleyes were reported through mid-March.  Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — A few panfish…