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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - This 3,192-acre lake north of Columbus can provide action all summer long. As water temperatures increase, fish have moved to deeper water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught off of main and secondary points with crankbaits and spinner baits. Trolling worm harnesses or crankbaits close to the bottom along points can produce saugeye, especially at dawn and dusk. Muskie can provide good action this time of year; troll crank baits along the points and dam.

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - Largemouth bass, hybrid-striped bass and sunfish are all active now in this western Champaign County lake. Largemouth bass up to five pounds can be caught around aquatic vegetation and wood using plastics and crank baits. Hybrids are being caught; use chicken liver fished on the bottom. Sunfish are found throughout but can be concentrated on the north shore; try nightcrawlers, wax worms or crickets under a bobber for relaxing summer fishing. No motors allowed.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Auglaize River (Defiance County) - Just below the power dam, people are catching good numbers of both channel catfish with the occasional large flathead catfish mixed in; try cut baits, chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

Killdeer Plains Pond #33 (Wyandot County) - This pond is located northeast of the village of Marseilles, a mile east of SR 67 on former CR 75. Anglers have been having good luck catching channel catfish; the best successes have come early in the morning in the northwest corner of the pond using nightcrawlers. The pond has a boat ramp with a floating dock; boats are limited to 10-HP motors. Shore fishing is available from the dike and piers; wading along the north shore is also popular.

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) - This 67-acre site is located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding. It provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing saugeye this time of year; try fishing the wave washed shorelines, casting jigs with twister tails, still-fishing with leaches and slip bobbers, or trolling worm harnesses. Only boats 16 feet or less may be used. Electric motors may be used but no gasoline engines are allowed; a $2 lifetime “boat license” is required from the village.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - The catfish bite has fired up. Shoreline anglers near Lansinger Road and the 43 fishing pier have taken good numbers on raw shrimp and cut baits; focus on low light periods with slip-sinker rigs. Largemouth bass have also been biting well at low light.

LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) - Walleye continue to bite well, with anglers targeting offshore structure; trolling worm harnesses has been the hot ticket, with numbers of bonus channel catfish also being caught. Crappie have been biting well on minnows around the 422 bridge. Sunfish have also been active, taking wax worms in 2-4 feet of water.

Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County) - The off-shore bass bite really fired up last weekend. Anglers fishing the old roadbed across the middle of the lake have encountered schooling fish, periodically catching excellent numbers; try casting fast-moving lures like spinner/crank baits to provoke aggressive strikes. Bluegill have also been biting well near shore, with wax worms or nightcrawlers under bobbers producing consistent action.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - The saugeye action has been turning on at this popular fishery recently; anglers are taking fish over 20 inches on worm harnesses around the marina. Channel catfish have also been biting well in this area. The bass bite has been steady, with fish taking spinner baits during low-light and transitioning to soft plastics and jigs by 7 a.m. Worms and bobbers fished around deep pockets near shore are taking sunfish; smaller crappie have been available along fallen trees.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Jackson Lake (Jackson County) - Bluegill can be caught throughout the lake until fall. Preferred baits are generally wax worms and nightcrawlers under a bobber; these fish are popular with both shore and boat anglers. Bass can also be found but may be harder to catch this time of year but spinner baits and tube baits have proved most successful in the past; try early morning and late night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Catfish angling should also be in full swing. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom. Located approximately two miles west of Oak Hill, this 251-acre lake is accessible off SR 279, as well as Tommy Been Road.

Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) - While other anglers are catching bluegill and catfish this time of year, head here for something different - crappie! The fish are plentiful in this lake and the pressure to catch them is relatively low; try live minnows in 10 feet of water or deeper near steep drop-offs and ledges. If your minnows are fading quickly because of the heat, try a tube bait. Don’t forget that crappie have a very thin mouth and it doesn’t take much to set the hook; if you feel a bite, just start reeling in and the strike is usually enough to set the hook. Largemouth bass can also be fun to catch this time of year; try casting crankbaits and plastics in 10 feet of water or less along the weedline.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver fished along the bottom; fishing is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeye on the Butler County side are being caught using minnows or artificial bait; keep the bait between 10-12 feet deep for the best results. Crappie are hitting on minnows fished 6-8 feet under a bobber near downed trees and brush.

Whitewater River and Lake (Hamilton County) - Anglers are catching bass and bluegill in the lake. For bass, try jigging, crankbaits and soft plastics. The bluegill are easy to catch provided you rent a boat; fish along the woods with wax worms and a bobberand also try smaller inline spinner baits. Good size catfish in the 10-pound range have been reported; use goldfish, shiners and suckers that can be purchased at the marina. In early summer, try the pool where the river meets US 50. Anglers have caught saugers, white bass, channel catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass and report good success when the water is a little higher than the normal and clear; summer fishing is good here if you fish early in the morning or at dusk; try a jighead with a plain white grub. Spoons and rattle-traps are also recommended.

OHIO RIVER

Belleville Dam and Tailwaters - Success for hybrid-striped bass may be slowing but there are still some opportunities; try at the dam with spoons and plastics or live bait fished beneath agitators. The earlier and later parts of the day seem to yield the best results. Catfish can be caught on a more regular basis using both nightcrawlers and cut bait; anywhere along the shoreline or at the walkway would be good places. The tailwater public fishing access is located on the West Virginia side of the river off SR 68 at Belleville.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Anglers are reporting steady fishing, with catches of gar, catfish and a few white bass; try up near the dam. Daylight hours until dusk have been producing good numbers but early evening until dawn have been good for catfish; try chicken liver or cut shad.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is five through Aug. 31; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … Black bass (largemouth/smallmouth) fishing returns to a daily bag limit of five, with a 14” minimum size limit, today.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was good over the past week. The best areas were N of West Sister Island, “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Northwest Reef (W of North Bass Island), and 2-4 miles 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 fishing was good over the past week. The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, NE of West Sister Island, “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between South Bass and Green islands and 1-3 miles 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.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has been good W of the Huron dumping grounds, at the weather buoy, 1.5 miles N of Beaver Creek and nearshore from Sheffield to Avon Point. Fishing has been excellent in 63-65’ of water N of Rocky River, in 62-65’ of water N of Gordon Park, in 65-70’ NW of Fairport Harbor and in 60-69’ NE of the Geneva; anglers are trolling dipsy/jet-divers with worm harnesses and spoons. … Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 30’ NE of Gordon Park, in 37’ N of Chagrin River, in 42-52’ NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump) and in 21-44’ N of the Ashtabula. Shore anglers are catching fish off East 55th Street in Cleveland; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15-25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas; anglers are using soft-craws and leeches. … White bass has been good in the evenings off Euclid Beach; anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … Rock bass are being caught off the breakwalls in Fairport Harbor. … Channel catfish has been very good along the Grand River; anglers are using chicken livers and large chubs. … The water temperature is 71 degrees off of Toledo and 65 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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Midwest Native Plant Conference to be held at Dayton’s Bergamo Center

XENIA – Registration is now open for the fifth annual Midwest Native Plant Conference, according to the ODNR. While the common thread of the conference is native plants, the event is multifaceted with great speakers and field trips, both covering a range of topics.

The conference will be held July 26-28 at the spectacular Bergamo Center on the grounds of Mount St. John in Dayton. Bergamo boasts an impressive 150-acre nature preserve. The conference offers plenty of native flora for sale, field trips and more. All activities are conveniently located steps away from the Bergamo Center’s lodging quarters.

Topnotch speakers are a conference staple and this year the conference will feature Professor Doug Tallamy. On Saturday evening, he will inspire you with “Your Role in Building Biological Corridors: Networks for Life”. On Friday evening, back by popular demand is brother/sister team Wayne Richards and Judy Burris presenting a lively presentation on “Wild for Weeds and Critters - the Vital Role of our Native Flora”. Saturday morning, David Fitzsimmons, photographer and author of “Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools”, will present a talk about the importance of vernal pools to wildlife. Friday afternoon keynote speakers are Jim McCormac (a photography workshop on “Shooting Landscapes to Lilies”); Cheryl Harner, who will enlighten participants with “Lawns and Lawn Alternatives”; and Jim Davidson of the Ohio Lepidopterist Society, who will lead a “Wings of Wonder” field trip to find and ID butterflies and dragonflies on the wing.

Each year, the Midwest Native Plant Society team selects a ‘conference’ plant. For 2013, the team selected the Northern Spicebush — Lindera benzoin. This deciduous native shrub grows 6-12 feet and is often thought of as the “forsythia of the wilds…” This plant is the host to the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. Team member and artist Ann Geise has depicted the plant and the butterflies’ life cycle in this beautiful print. She will be a vendor this year. Vendors will have many other outstanding native species. The Bergamo Center’s open courtyard is a prime area for vendors to pack this space with all manner of plants – often described as the greatest selection of native flora you could find for sale in one spot in this region. All vendors will be open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27.

Best of all, the conference provides ample opportunity for attendees to get out in the field and see lots of plants in their natural haunts. Field trip sites include such iconic natural areas as Cedar Bog, Estel Wenrick Wetlands Nature Preserve, Possum Creek Metro Park, Beavercreek Wildlife Area’s Siebenthaler Fen, Caesar Creek Gorge Nature Preserve, Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserve, native grass walk at Mount St. John and a tour of native plant gardens in scenic Yellow Springs. Late July is the time to see the fabulous prairies and fens that occur in the Dayton area and all of the trips are guided by expert botanists and naturalists.

Space is limited so register now. Registration material and complete conference details can be found at www.midwestnativeplants.org or by calling (937)477-1131.

 

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