South West

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

Caesar Creek (Clinton, Greene, and Warren counties) – Anglers casting in-line spinners and crankbaits are catching muskellunge. Muskies are also being taken in the smaller creeks leading into the lake. If you catch a muskie, please report your catch to the Division of Wildlife’s Muskie Angler Log at ohiodnr.com/muskielog/welcome.aspx. The Muskie Angler Log was developed in partnership with the Ohio Husky Muskie Club as a resource for Ohio muskie anglers and to support muskie management efforts…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County)  — Largemouth bass up to 6-plus pounds were reported on this mountaintop reservoir. Smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, catfish and panfish also were reported.  Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) —The deeper pools were yielding some walleyes in late August. Trout were hitting in the colder section of the river near Ohiopyle. Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum also were…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Good numbers of 1-3-pound channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp. The shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been best. Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties)  – Channel catfish are popular at Ohio’s largest inland lake. Try fishing on…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — As of Aug. 12, anglers were catching smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, walleyes up to 20 inches, channel catfish, rock bass and trout. Trout were hitting mostly in the fast water, while the walleyes were in deep, slow water. Tenmile, Dunkard creeks (Greene, Washington counties) — Channel catfish and white bass were reported in recent weeks. The North Fork of Tenmile was yielding…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Walleyes can be taken using crankbaits, jigs with plastic bodies or curly tails, small spinners, or live minnows, leeches, or nightcrawlers. Good curly tail color choices are white, orange, pink, or chartreuse. Fish by slowly jigging, trolling, or drifting baits in 10- to 15-foot depths. Anglers report that the most successful bait has been silver or…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp. The shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been the best. Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) – Remember to ask permission before entering private property….

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — A good channel catfish bite was reported, along with a decent number of walleyes. Boat launching is difficult because the lake is drawn down about 7 feet. Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass, a few northern pike, and walleyes were hitting through mid-July. Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout were still being caught on…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Acton Lake (590 acres; Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeyes on the Butler County side of the lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait 10 to 12 feet deep for the best results. Bluegills are hitting on waxworms and nightcrawlers fished six to…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Crappie action was heating up, with boaters having the most success, and white and red jigs productive. Northern pike and largemouth bass also were reported in late June.  Youghiogheny River —The tailrace of the dam was yielding nice catches of trout, and a stocking was scheduled for July 1. Categories: South West

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) — Successful anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with some regularity. The popular setup has been the tried and true jig and minnow or just a minnow on a hook. Also try waxworms under a bobber. Most of the crappies have been running larger, in the 9.5- to 11-inch range. Bluegills are similarly large for this lake. The key, anglers…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Monongahela River (Allegheny, Greene, Washington counties) — An 18-pound paddlefish was released by an angler targeting catfish June 11. Catfish were biting near tributaries and structure through mid-June, although anglers had to deal with heavy rainfall. A 35-plus pound flathead was released near the Rice’s Landing lock wall. The Maxwell lock and dam was yielding catfish and walleyes. Grey’s Landing…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Great Miami River (Montgomery County) – The river has been producing some great catches from Dayton to Franklin. Anglers are using chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Carp have been caught using various doughball baits. Best catches of carp and channel catfish have been below the low head dams at Monument Avenue, Tay’s Station, West Carrollton, and Miamisburg….

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Bluegills and crappies were reported through early June.  Wilmore Reservoir (Cambria County) — A good crappie bite was reported through early June.  Colver Reservoir (Cambria County) — Nice-size brown bullheads were reported through early June.  Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Stocked trout continued to hit through early June.  High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Crappies,…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Prior to the heavy rains, bluegills were being taken in two to four feet of water along shorelines with fallen trees and brush. Use waxworms, redworms, or pieces of nightcrawlers fished 1½-2 feet below a small bobber. Try saugeye fishing in five to 10 feet of water near the islands and along shoreline points….

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Brown trout were reported through May 20. Anglers also caught several legal-size northern pike. Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — A 41-inch muskie was reported off the pier. Some nice-size carp also were released. Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — A nice walleye bite was reported through May 20. Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Numbers…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

 Adams Lake (Adams County) – Anglers should have good success fishing from the shoreline. Bluegills and crappies can be caught on nightcrawlers and waxworms. This is a great place for fishing with youth. Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank. Fish are hitting around 18 inches deep. Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – Saugeye action is heating…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Numbers of sublegal walleyes were reported at Lock No. 5. Cowashannock Creek (Allegheny County) — In-season-stocked trout were hitting near the Route 28 intersection through early May.  Ohio River, Beaver River (Beaver County) — Catfish, northern pike, crappies, and walleyes in nice sizes were reported in recent weeks, with bluegills, minnows, chubs, and other live…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

 Caesar Creek Lake (Warren County) – Largemouth bass can be caught around shoreline cover and riprap shorelines using crankbaits, jigs, and soft plastic lures. Saugeyes are starting to bite in six to 12 feet of water. Try using jigs with twister tails or a plain jig tipped with a minnow. Some white bass are being caught in Anderson Fork. Use…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — The crappie bite had turned on by the end of April and northern pike and bass also were reported. Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — Crappies and yellow perch were reported through late April. Northmoreland, Donegal, Mam­moth, upper and lower Twin lakes (Westmoreland County) — Nice opening day catches of trout were reported.  Linn Run,…

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report – April 24th, 2015

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…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015

Virgin Run, Dunbar Creek lakes (Fayette County) — Low catch rates on trout were reported in recent weeks.  Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — A few small bluegills were reported through early April. Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A 28-inch brown trout was reportedly landed on a crankbait. Some nice northern pike up to 32 inches were reported on live shiners…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 10th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Bass up to 16 inches, crappies up to 13 inches, and chain pickerel up to 24 inches were reported during late-season ice. One black crappie was 15-plus inches. Monongahela River — Rainfall turned the river high in mid- to late March, and fishing was slow. Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County) — Anglers were releasing trout…

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report – March 27th, 2015

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – Anglers are catching bluegills up to 10 inches in length on this southern Ohio reservoir. Yellow perch and crappies are also in the mix with the slabs running up to 12-13 inches. Try waxworms or nightcrawlers under a bobber for bait. CJ Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – The safest area to fish this Springfield-area lake…

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report – March 13th, 2015

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – There is up to 12 inches of solid ice on this Champaign County lake, according to angler reports, with two to three inches of snow on top. Anglers are catching bluegills, perch, and crappies. Also, some channel catfish are being caught near the dam. Crappies are measuring an average of about eight inches. Anglers report…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 13th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — This impoundment high atop a mountain was yielding chain pickerel, northern pike, and largemouth bass through the ice through late February. Perch and crappies also were reported, with the better number of crappies hitting after dark and well into the early morning. Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Mixed numbers of yellow perch and walleyes…