C.J. Brown Reservoir: Fishing has been very good for just about any species. Anglers are trolling crawler harnesses over the humps and old roadbed to catch walleyes. Some are jigging with leeches or nightcrawlers. Those fishing around the marina are catching crappies and white bass. Minnows work for both. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and chicken liver all over the lake. Yellow perch are being caught in the spillway and around the fish attractors in the lake, Use minnows or redworms.
Caesar Creek Lake: Good fishing has been reported for saugeyes, crappies, bass and bluegills. Saugeyes are hitting nightcrawlers and bass minnows on the flats. Some are trolling with crawler harnesses around the island. Crappies are 8-12 feet deep, hitting minnows. Bluegills are around stickups and laydowns near the banks, 4-6 feet deep. Bass are close to the banks, hitting topwater early and late or plastics. Catfish are starting to bite in the creeks.
Indian Lake: A drop in the water temperature has kept the saugeyes from going to deep water. If you fish at depths of 6-7 feet, your chances of catching a saugeye are good. Use crawler harnesses, Rat-L-Traps, Husky Jerks or Vib-E’s. Crappies are around lily pads, hitting minnows or jigs tipped with waxworms. Plenty of small catfish are being caught by crappie and bluegill fishermen.
Lake Loramie: Catfish are biting all over the lake on nightcrawlers, cut shad and shrimp. A few saugeyes have been picked up trolling with worm harnesses around the Luthman Road area. Crappies have moved to deeper water with the best bite in the evening. Use minnows and fish around lily pads. Bluegills are on rocky shorelines, hitting waxworms on ice jigs. Bass fishing has been good early and light on topwater baits or around wood with plastics and spinnerbaits.
Paint Creek Lake: Crappie fishing is good, but they are scattered. Look for wood and fish about 13 feet deep. Use minnows or blue/chartreuse jigs. Bass fishing has been excellent. Work the points around wood with crankbaits or plastics. Bluegills are hitting waxworms all around the lake. Spillway fishing has been excellent for catfish, both shovelhead and channel cat. Use nightcrawlers or chubs. Also try saugeye fishing in the spillway with chartreuse/red fleck twisters.
Rocky Fork Lake: Bass fishing continues to be good with anglers working the points, usually around wood. Most are using crankbaits or green/pumpkin worms. Crappies are deep, 13-18 feet around wood. Use minnows or black/chartreuse jigs and fish around Kelly’s Cove. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad in shallow water near the campground. Saugeye fishing has been spotty. Try the north beach, island or south beach and fish with 3-inch Powerbaits.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Bass fishing has picked up. Anglers are working the channels with spinnerbaits and jig-n-pig flipped under docks and pontoons. Bluegills have been found around docks and rocks, hitting waxworms and redworms. Crappies are scattered in the channels. Work the brush at varying depths with jigs and minnows. Plenty of channel cats averaging two pounds have been caught on cut shad or nightcrawlers.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing continues to be best around West Sister Island, between North Bass Island and Kelleys Island, and east of Kelleys Island. Yellow perch fishing has been best around Rattlesnake Island, east of Ballast Island, and east of the Kelleys Island airport.
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