Ohio fishing report

Weekly Ohio fishing report COLUMBUS , Ohio – The weekly fishing report provided by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, and Pickaway counties) – The Tick Ridge area near the park lodge is a great location to fish for white bass. Use small spinners or live bait to take these fish that measure 8 to 12 inches. Areas with submerged structures such as downed trees are good places to fish for crappie. Use minnows suspended beneath a bobber for best results. Crappie must be 9 inches or longer to keep. The rocky shoreline and extended deep-water points are the best places to fish for largemouth bass.

Hoover Reservoir (Franklin and Delaware counties) – Early June is an excellent time to try trolling crank baits for all fish. Once the newly hatched forage fish (gizzard shad) begin to appear on the surface, try trolling very small shallow running crank baits in chrome or shad patterns. They are effective for many species of fish. For the less aggressive saugeye, try small jigs tipped with parts of a worm and drift over the big bars and sunken islands. They can be taken near Lake of the Woods in the central portion of the reservoir. June is the best time of year to try surface baits for largemouth bass near shoreline cover. Night fishing with lanterns at the causeway is a good for white bass. Ten horsepower limit.


New London Reservoir (Huron County) – Channel cats in the 12-to 14-inch range are being taken on worms fished on the bottom. After dark in the southwest corner is the best time and spot.

Willard Reservoir (Huron County) – Nice catches of bluegill are being taken by fly fishing near the boat ramp pump house. Mornings and evenings are best.

Bressler Reservoir (Allen County) – White bass are being taken on rooster tails on the north side of the reservoir. Smallmouth bass are being taken on crank baits on the south side of the reservoir.

Powers Reservoir (Crawford County) – Good catches of white crappie are being taken during the evening. Minnows and night crawlers fished under bobbers is the best bet. The northeast corner and east bank seems to be the best spots.

Van Wert Reservoir No. 1 (Van Wert County) – Rainbow trout are being caught in the evening using night crawlers or corn. The northwest corner seems to be the best spot. Cannel catfish in the 20-to 26-inch range are being caught in the evening using wax worms under bobbers at the west dike. Crappie in the 7-to 10-inch range are being caught in the evening using wax worms fished under a bobber.The best spot to fish seems to be the northwest corner.

Maumee River (Wood and Lucas counties) – Anglers are taking good numbers of white bass using 1/8-oz. jigs with white, chartreuse or fluorescent pink tails or minnows below bobbers. Also anglers are taking channel catfish fishing off the bottom, tight-lining night crawlers. The best areas are between Orleans Park & Fort Meigs fishing from boats.

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – Anglers are catching good numbers of white bass using minnows under bobbers, 1/8-oz. jigs tipped with minnows, or with a slow retrieve and small spinner baits. Anglers are also catching sheepshead and channel catfish. The best location is in deeper areas, from boats.


Westbranch Lake (Portage County) – For walleye, cast night crawlers on crawler harnesses in the weed bed near the beach or in the east end of the lake in the willows. Unlimited horsepower and wheelchair accessible shoreline fishing facilities available.

Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County) – Crappie averaging approximately 8 to 10 inches are biting on live minnows. Fishing near the dam is recommended using a simple hook and bobber set up. While crappie are hitting hard, expect to catch other species such as largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill, or channel catfish. For channel cat, use night crawlers near the bottom on the lake. Electric motors only.


Caesar Creek (Greene County) – Anglers are catching white bass using jigs with live minnows as bait. Keep the minnow about 2 to 3 feet deep and under a bobber. Also try using a plain hook with the minnow hooked through the lips and let it settle on the bottom or small jigs tipped with minnows.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Crappie are being caught by anglers using jigs with plastic bodies, curly tails, or live minnows as bait. Good color choices in artificial lures are black, blue and chartreuse, and chartreuse. Fish from a boat when possible. Cast into areas with submerged trees and brush in and around weed beds and fish the bait slowly along the bottom. Keep the bait between 4 to 7 feet deep. Choose a No. 2 or a No. 1/0 sized long-shanked hook.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Anglers are catching crappie and largemouth bass by using shad colored crank baits or pumpkin or green pumpkin colored tube jigs with plastic bodies. Fishing is good throughout the lake but look for areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush. Fish the bait under a bobber keeping it about five feet deep. Use a No. 4 or No. 6 fine-wire hook for best results. Also, try casting into the mouth of Plum Run Creek.


AEP (Morgan Co.) – Bass up to 6 pounds are being caught on white spinner baits. Sunfish in good numbers are being caught on wax worms.

Lake Rupert (Vinton County) – Smallmouth bass 10 to 16 inches being caught from boats on crank baits, spinners, and purple worms around weed beds near shore and around downed trees. White crappie are being caught from the shore around weed beds and beaver dams.

Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – Largemouth bass 12 to 15 inches are being caught off the dams and along weed beds within 3 to 6 feet of water in the early morning. Use crank baits, purple worms, or blue, silver, red, or black Rapalas when fishing near shore around downed trees. Sunfish less than 7 inches are being caught from shore near submerged structure and weed lines using wax worms.

Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) – For channel catfish, worms fished either tight-line or with a bobber have been effective. The hot spots were near the dam, within backwater sites associated with the large concrete culverts, and near the marina. Black bass have been reported in large numbers, but less than 14 inches in length. Green and white spinners are the most successful lures for bass.

Muskingum River (Coshocton and Morgan counties) – Anglers are catching flathead catfish up to 25 pounds on live goldfish and creek chubs. Channel catfish anglers have been most successful using night crawlers. The most productive sites are at any of the low-head dams. Catfish angler success rates at all dam tail water sites along the Muskingum River are rated excellent with current conditions.

AEP & Woodbury Ponds (Coshocton County) – Bass up to 4 pounds in size on spinner baits and crank baits. Bluegill on wax worms or night crawlers fished with small hooks and sensitive bobbers are best.

Wills Creek Dam (Coshocton County) – Catches of saugeye and smallmouth bass have been reported by anglers at the new shoreline access facility. White or chartreuse plastic twister tails and grubs with some using live minnows have been the preferred lures for saugeye. Black bass have been caught on these saugeye lures and with minnow imitation crank baits.


Western Basin

Walleye – The best walleye fishing has been west and northwest of West Sister Island, west of Rattlesnake Island, around Niagara reef of the Camp Perry firing range, and east of Kelleys Island. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling crank baits or spoons produce the most fish.

Yellow Perch – Yellow perch fishing has been best near the Marblehead lighthouse, near Starve Island, near the Sandusky Bay foghorn, and east of Kelleys Island. Fish just off the bottom using perch spreaders tipped with shiners.

Smallmouth Bass – The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye – The best walleye fishing has been around Ruggles Reef east of Huron and from Fairport Harbor to Perry in 15 to 25 feet of water. Trolling spoons, crank baits, or crawler harnesses, and drifting crawler harnesses have produced the best catches.

Yellow Perch – Yellow perch fishing has been best 1 to 2 miles north of the Vermilion River mouth, 1 to 2 miles off of Lorain, 2 miles north of the E. 72nd street lighthouse of Cleveland in 40 feet of water, 2 miles north of Wildwood State Park in 40 feet of water, and 1 to 2 miles out from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut in 30 to 40 feet of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set up.

Smallmouth Bass – The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around Ruggles Reef, on the breakwalls and shoreline around Lorain, and the shoreline and harbors in 15 to 30 feet of water around Fairport, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches, tube jigs and crank baits have been the most productive lures.

Lake Erie surface temperatures range from 55 to 63 degrees
Associated Press

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