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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) - Channel catfish are being caught around Lieb’s Island and Fairfield Beach areas use cut shad or shrimp. Largemouth bass are being caught along cover; target vegetation, points and riprap using spinner baits, crankbaits and plastics. Hybrid-striped bass can be caught using spinners or drifting chicken livers between Seller’s point and the north ramp.

Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) - A large population of largemouth bass measuring 8-12 inches, with some larger, can be found at this 146-acre lake near Circleville. Fish main lake points, secondary points with riprap and drop-offs using crankbaits, spinner baits and tubes for consistent catches. A fair population of 6- to 7-inch bluegill and redear sunfish can be caught using nightcrawlers suspended by a bobber; for a change, try fishing crickets or use a fly rod and present floating spiders or poppers for bluegill. Electric motors only.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Lake LeComte, Fostoria #5 (Hancock County) - Lake LeComte is three miles southwest of Fostoria on Hancock Country Road 23 and has populations of bluegill, black and white crappie, largemouth/smallmouth/white bass and brown bullhead. The Division of Wildlife has stocked yellow perch, saugeye and channel catfish in the reservoir. Gizzard shad is the main forage species, so using baits that mimic shad can be productive when pursuing saugeye and bass. Crappie have been biting recently; try minnows in the southeast corner. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9-HP restriction.

Sandusky Bay (Ottawa/Erie counties) - Once the water levels settle down from recent storms, anglers should be able to catch some nice channel catfish. Public fishing accesses include the Willow Point Wildlife Area off of Wahl Road, Pipe and Pickerel creeks and the Sandusky Bay Bridge Fishing Access off of SR 2; try worms, shrimp, or chicken livers fished on the bottom.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County) - Classic summer bass patterns continue to produce on this quiet, hill country lake; try top-water baits during low-light conditions or crankbaits near offshore structure for largemouth bass feeding on gizzard shad. The catfish bite has been pretty steady, with worms and chicken livers doing well, but commercial stinkbait has also been producing lately. Sunfish continue to bite well on worms under a bobber but small jigs have also produced some good catches lately.

LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) - Crappie have been biting well on the 22 and 422 overpasses; anglers are using perch rigs tipped with minnows, also catching lots of bonus white perch. Largemouth bass have been biting well, particularly during low light; target offshore structure and weedbeds with top-water lures, weedless frogs, spinnerbaits and Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Channel catfish have been taking the occasional bluegill angler by surprise, with several reports of good catches on worms fished under a bobber.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) - Channel catfish anglers should try nightcrawlers using tight-line techniques in the shallow coves of the lake; these can usually be caught using nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Flathead catfish are also found in the lake; try bluegill as bait and fishing the area close to the marina. Largemouth bass may still be caught in the very early morning and late at night when the weather is a bit cooler; try rigging a worm “wacky-style” for a different presentation.

Lake Snowden (Athens County) - The high water and hot temperatures left over from the recent storms have not created the best conditions for anglers but with a little planning and some patience, you can still find some fish. Largemouth bass are going to be moving deeper this time of year to take advantage of the cooler water but will come into the shallows between dusk and dawn to feed; target them at this time using plastic worms or crankbaits. Channel catfish may provide the best opportunity in muddy conditions since they are not primarily sight feeders; target shallow coves and bats at night using any of the typical catfish baits like nightcrawlers, chicken livers or any of the prepared baits.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Stillwater River (Miami County) - Smallmouth bass are being caught using artificial and real soft craws, lead-headed jigs tipped with a curly tail or other soft bait. The best color choices are black and green or pumpkinseed.

East Fork (Clermont County) - Largemouth bass are being caught using plastic worms, banded crankbaits or top-water baits such as buzzbaits, particularly early in the morning and late in the evening; cast along the points, buck brush, banks and in the areas with submerged trees or brush. Jig the worm on the bottom; keep the shiners or minnows moving in the top 2-3 feet of water. Channel catfish are being caught using minnows or chicken liver; larger channel cats are being caught on nightcrawlers, Nitro worms (green nightcrawlers) or chicken livers along the bottom and near any rock wall and at least 18 feet deep. Bluegill are hitting on meal/wax/red worms under a bobber and about 2-5 feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood or downed trees. Hybrid-striped bass are being caught trolling near the main beach, campground beach and the flat near the Army Corp ramp; start watching for schools of shad acting skittish on the surface and be ready to cast a twister or bait into the school.

OHIO RIVER

Water levels on the Ohio River have been unusually high in the past weeks due to the abnormally large rainfall events. While levels have gone down in many places, the release of water still creates strong currents and unfavorable conditions; anglers are encouraged to check water levels before deciding to fish.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; 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; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth/smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was good over the past week; the best areas were between West and Middle Sister islands, off of Crane Creek, Northwest Reef (W of North Bass Island) and between Kelleys Island Shoal and the Canadian border. 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 fishing was good over the past week; the best areas have been the gravel pit, “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Rattlesnake Island and West Reef, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside and E of the Kelleys Island airport. Perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island; anglers are using soft craws, tube jigs and crankbaits. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border, in 20-24’ of water NE of Rocky River, in 32-42’ of water N of Edgewater, in 68-72’ NE of Geneva and in 68-72’ N of Ashtabula; anglers are trolling dipsy/jet divers with worm harnesses and yellow, orange, pink, green and purple spoons with copper backs. … Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 39-43’ off of Avon Point, Edgewater, Eastlake/Mentor, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching a few fish off the East 55 Street pier in Cleveland, the Mentor Headlands pier and the short pier on the Grand River; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15-25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland (5-20’ of water), Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas; anglers are using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, curly tail grubs, soft craws and leeches. … White bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach and Sims Park in Euclid and the short pier in Fairport Harbor; anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … The water temperature is 74 degrees off of Toledo and 68 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. … Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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DOW Controlled Deer Opportunities

The Division of Wildlife (DOW) conducts annual hunts on a number of areas that are normally closed to hunting. All applicants (adults and youth) must possess a current hunting license to apply for controlled hunts.

Apply online for $3 per hunt. The application period is through July 31.

Participation is determined by computer-generated random drawings. Applications may not be faxed or e-mailed. Application fees are non-refundable.

Hunters may apply for and participate in, either as hunter or partner, no more than a single hunt per area, per year. Hunters who fail to adhere to this risk disqualification and forfeiture of their application fee.

Drawings will be held for each area and each hunt date in early August for the early waterfowl hunts and in September for all others. Applicants can view the status of their application by visiting the Wild Ohio Customer Care Center at WildOhio.com (click on “Manage Your Customer Account” and follow the prompts).

Hunters chosen to participate will be notified by mail. In addition to instructions for obtaining your permit, you will receive information/rules specific for the hunt. If you are not drawn, you will not receive a refund, nor will you be notified.

Unless otherwise noted, hunters are limited to a single deer of either-sex. In those cases where a hunter may take more than one deer, only one deer may be antlered. Hunters may use either the $15 antlerless or $24 either-sex permit. Although the $15 antlerless permits will be valid statewide only through the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day, they may be used during all DOW-controlled hunts throughout the entire 2013-14 season. However, they will only be available to purchase through the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day. Bag limits and tagging requirements apply during all controlled hunts.

New for the 2013-14 season, hunters are limited to a SEASON bag limit of NINE deer. However, deer taken during controlled hunts do NOT count against this limit. Hunters may take an additional six deer during DOW-controlled hunts. However, regardless of method of take, season, or hunt, all hunters are limited to a single buck per season.

Unless otherwise noted, the adult hunts listed below are partner hunts. At least one of the hunters must be 18 years or older. In the case of the NASA hunts, if one of the hunters is under the age of 18, the other hunter must be 21 years or older.

The DOW offers a number of hunts for mobility-impaired hunters. These are NOT partner hunts, unless noted otherwise. Mobility-impaired hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting attendant who must possess a current hunting license and deer permit.

The DOW is also pleased to offer a number of excellent youth hunting opportunities. To be eligible to participate in a youth hunt, you must be 17 years or younger at the time of application. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years or older and unless otherwise noted, the adult must possess a current hunting license and deer permit.

To ensure the safety of all participants, adults may not supervise more than two hunters during all youth hunts. Any exceptions to this are noted under the hunt description.

 

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