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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield/Licking/Perry counties) - Use crankbaits, tubes and creature baits around Clouse Cove and Cranberry Marsh for largemouth bass; also any rip rap or woody cover. Try chicken livers on the north shore from Seller’s Point to the north boat ramp when seeking hybrid-striped bass. For bluegill, fish the eastern side of the lake using small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber. Crappie measuring 7-12 inches can be taken using minnows suspended by a bobber from shoreline areas that have submerged cover. This is also one of the region’s top lakes for carp; try prepared baits and dough balls fished along the bottom.

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) - This 361-acre lake in Columbus offers shore-fishing access on the east side of the lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting right now; try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along rip rap and cover for best results. Crappie are still being found in shallow water around woody cover; use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber fished right in the cover. Carp are large and plentiful in this local lake; use prepared baits and dough balls.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegill. All area lakes are open to public fishing on Fridays-Mondays until July 29; no more than 15 sunfish may be kept per day for all area lakes and no more than 5 of these may be 8 inches or more. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish but finding it difficult to catch fish less than 8 inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more to keep, with a daily bag limit of 5. For additional rules and information, visit the Division’s webpage.

Bresler Reservoir (Allen County) - Located 4 miles west of Lima, 1 mile south of SR 81 and 1 mile north of SR 117 on Kemp and Grubb roads, this reservoir is 582 acres. Bluegill should be biting right now, with slip bobbers and jigs with wax worms usually working the best; try the east end of the north bank. Walleye can also be found; try the shoreline drop-off along the edge, as well as around the underwater island, particularly drifting or trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits in the mornings and evenings. There is a boat ramp located on the east side; boats are restricted to electric motors only. For more information or a map, check out the Division’s webpage.

Muddy Creek (Sandusky County) - Catfish should be biting the next couple of months; anglers can access the water at the SR 53 Bridge. The best successes have come from fishing chicken livers or cut bait tight-lined on the bottom.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Anglers are enjoying an aggressive bluegill bite; most were catching them in deeper water in cooler temperatures but with temperatures in the 80s forecasted for the rest of the week, it might be wise to look shallower. Colored pin-mins tipped with a maggot or wax worm under a bobber should keep you busy. If bluegill move in shallower, consider a fly rod with small foam ants or little poppers for non-stop action.

Cuyahoga River (Summit County) - This runs through the Cascade Valley Park Chuckery Area which is part of the Metro Parks Serving Summit County. A short walk from the parking lot to the river puts you on instant smallmouth bass action. You can fish either upriver or downriver from that access point; waders are ideal for really working the river over. Tubes and crank baits mimicking minnows and crayfish have been producing nice catches of smallmouths, with a bonus pike here and there.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Lake Snowden (Athens County) - Largemouth bass should be moving off of spawning beds, so anglers focusing their attention offshore will begin to have success catching them using jig-‘n-pig and spinner baits. Redears will also be on and off the beds; popular with anglers at this 141-acre lake, these sunfish are partial to deep water and are most often caught around submerged structures. Try lightweight spinning gear with 4- to 6-pound test line with red/wax worms.

Muskingum River (Muskingum/Morgan/Washington counties) - Late spring and early summer can be great times to fish for crappie in a stream. Don’t let the current deter you; just learn how to use it to your advantage. Crappie will find shelter from the faster water while keeping a position where they can easily feed; look for any current breaks in the water that allow a calm eddy pocket to form, such as points, riffles, rock piles, trees, brush, stumps or docks. Crappie will face into the current, so cast upstream and let your bait — try small jigs tipped with minnows — drift by giving them the best chance to see it and strike. Spotted bass fishing is also popular this time of year; try small spinner baits, tube baits and crayfish-imitation baits. Spotted bass are the predominant black bass here — commonly in the 8- to 13-inch range, with an occasional fish up to 15 inches; however, smallmouth and largemouth bass can also be caught. .

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Adams Lake (Adams County) - Anglers should have good success fishing from the shore line; pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank because fish are hitting around 18 inches deep. Bluegill and crappie can be caught on nightcrawlers and wax worms. This is a great place for fishing with youth.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Saugeye action is heating up, with anglers taking better numbers of 13- to 20-inch fish; try casting a jig tipped with a piece of nightcrawler and hop it along the bottom in 5-12 feet of water near the beach. If you prefer trolling, saugeyes can be taken on shad-patterned medium- or deep-diving crank baits. A lot of 7- to 8-inch crappie are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fished near submerged trees 6-15 feet deep. Bluegill can be caught on red/wax worms near boat docks or the edges of lily pads.

Lake Loramie (Shelby County) - Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, and stink baits fished on the bottom. Bluegill have been caught recently around boat docks, rip rap shorelines and along the edges of lily pads; try small jigs tipped with wax worms fished just 1-2 feet under a small bobber.

OHIO RIVER

Washington County - The Muskingum River confluence is a great area to look for catfish. Flatheads in the 20- to 30-inch range have been reeled in during previous years; try a slip rig or 3-way rig with live bluegill or live/frozen shad while tight-lining.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Channel catfish are being taken in good numbers all along the river.; try chicken livers, shrimp or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; the minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 through August 31; the minimum size limit is 12 inches. … Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) fishing is closed to possession (no harvest) through June 28.

Steelheads: Most steelhead have nearly completed their journeys back to Lake Erie for the summer; very few fish are still in the lower portions of the main rivers. All steelhead have been stocked for the year; please gently release any smolts that you may catch.

Vermilion River: Fish from the Vermilion boat ramp up to State Route 2.

Rocky River: Fish from the metroparks marina to the fords.

Cuyahoga River: Fish in Cleveland Harbor, and at the Rt 82 dam.

Chagrin River: Fish from the soccer fields upstream to the SR 2.

Grand River: Fish from the Fairport breakwall up to Painesville.

Arcola Creek: Fish the river mouth, estuary and creek in the metropark.

Ashtabula River: Fish from the river mouth up through Indian Trails Park.

Conneaut Creek: Fish from the river mouth up to Creek Road.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was excellent over the past week (as of Tuesday); the best areas were from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island, “D” can of the Camp Perry firing range and N and E of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons; drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom-bouncers or are casting mayfly rigs. … Yellow perch was good over the past week (as of Tuesday). The best areas have been “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, E of Kelleys Island shoal and E of Kelleys Island airport reef; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin: Walleye have been caught off Rocky River in 53 feet of water fishing on the bottom using worm harnesses, as well as a few off the Cleveland Crib area in 50 feet of water and also in 26-34 feet of water NW of Fairport Harbor. Anglers are trolling dipsy- and jet-divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits. … Yellow perch fishing has been good (weather permitting) in 32-34 feet of water N off Gordon Park in Cleveland, in 42 feet of water N of the Cuyahoga River lighthouse and in 50-55 feet of water N of Mentor Lagoons. Fishing has been very good in 38-40 feet of water N of the Ashtabula and in 38-49 feet N of Conneaut; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been good off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland; anglers are using spreaders with shiners and the mornings have been best. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15-25 feet of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas using soft-craws, leeches, tube jigs and crankbaits. … White bass fishing has been good in the Grand River up to the Uniroyal hole. … Channel catfish has been very good along the Grand River using chicken livers and large chub.

The water temperature is 59 degrees off of Toledo and 57 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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Ohio Watercraft field locations extending hours

Ohio Watercraft field locations are extending their office hours to accommodate boaters who find limited time to get their paperwork in order.

The 11 Watercraft field offices are located across the state in Ashtabula, Cleveland, Sandusky, Maumee Bay, Wapakoneta, Akron, Cambridge, Delaware, Springfield, East Fork and Scioto County. They offer a variety of services that are not available at the independent registration agent locations, including verifying hull ID numbers and selling the popular Alternative Registration for hand-powered vessels.

For a listing of extended hours, visit the Watercraft Field Office page.

 

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