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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - This 394-acre lake is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, top-water baits and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappie will become more active as the water cools this fall; fish with minnows in the old creek channel, around woody cover, or dip baits in the lily pads. Bluegill are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms.

Kokosing River (Knox County) - Part of Ohio’s first water trail, this stream provides a good day on the water catching smallmouth bass and rock bass. Smallmouths are active around cover in pools and runs; use small tubes or crankbaits in crawfish or shiner patterns around woody cover and boulders. Rock bass can be caught in the same areas using the same baits. Channel catfish can be caught in deep pools using shrimp, nightcrawlers and prepared baits.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) - This 15-acre lake located on CR 11, just 1/2-mile south of CR 424, should be producing nice bluegill and largemouth bass right now. The best fishing for bluegill is usually along the shoreline, using nightcrawlers fished under a slip bobber. For largemouths, try casting nightcrawlers, minnows or plastic worms. There is a public use boat ramp available but boats are restricted to 10-HP motors. In addition, there is a 10 fish daily limit on bluegill and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass here.

Killdeer Plains Pond #30 (Wyandot County) - This pond is located southeast of Harpster, off TWP Hwy. 125. Just south of the railroad tracks, turn west and follow the gravel lane back to the pond. Largemouth bass should be biting now; try the west bank in the mornings or evenings with weedless soft top-water baits over the weed beds. A jig-and-pig fished along the weed line and in open-water pockets is another effective technique. No ramp is available; however, small boats may be used. There is a 10-HP limit. Wading is also popular along the east and south shores.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Atwood Lake (Carroll/Tuscarawas counties) - White bass are active this time of year and are easy to catch; watching for surface disturbances or circling birds can reveal the location of feeding schools of these fish, which may then be caught on a variety of small, minnow-imitating baits such as silver shad raps or spoons. Division of Wildlife sampling in the last few years found excellent numbers of white bass from 10-14 inches. Numerous channel catfish are also present, with most 16-plus inches and many exceeding 2 feet long. Catfish are also biting well and can be caught off the bottom near structure such as points, humps and creek channels on a variety of natural baits. Nightcrawlers, cut fish, chicken liver and shrimp can all prove effective.

West Branch Lake (Portage County) - This site offers a variety of quality angling opportunities. Muskellunge have been biting periodically; these large fish are suspended over deep water and may be caught trolling large (6- to 10-inch) medium-running crankbaits in baitfish patterns. Walleye have also been biting in deeper water; jigging with curly-tailed grubs or trolling worm harnesses in orange or chartreuse near structure 15-20 feet deep has been productive. Numbers of walleye are fair but most caught will be more than 15 inches, with a good proportion more than 20 inches. Largemouth bass are being caught in weedbeds from 5-10 feet deep; Texas-rigged 6- to 8-inch plastic worms in dark colors and white or green pumpkin-colored soft plastic jerkbaits have begun to produce fish.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Burr Oak Lake (Athens/Morgan counties) - Sunfish can generally be found this time of year in most places using nightcrawlers and wax worms fished under a bobber. In past years, good catches of largemouth bass have been reported by anglers fishing in the early morning near woody structure and also by the dam; try using top-water lures and crankbaits.

Ross Lake (Ross County) - The fishing pressure for channel catfish at this 127-acre lake is generally low, so despite the heat, you can still reel in fish; try fishing tight-line from shore using nightcrawlers or chicken livers. While fishing for largemouth bass is most productive in the spring and fall, if you’re up for a little bit of a challenge, they can still be caught in the summer. Picture an imaginary line at the midpoint of the lake between the fishing pier on the east side and the northern-most pier on the west side and you can locate an old submerged “road bed”; try slowly dragging a Carolina rig with your favorite plastic bait across the road bed and along its sides. Fish are more likely to be feeding in early morning and late evening when the weather is cooler.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill are being caught using nightcrawlers or wax worms; there are good fishing opportunities along woody debris shorelines and pier areas. Channel catfish are being caught using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers cast from the pier area; keep the bait off the bottom and about 3-6 feet deep. Anglers should keep in mind that there is plenty of forage for fish this time of the year and can result in lower success while angling, so be patient.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Bluegill are being taken at 4-8 feet using red/wax worms; look for shoreline areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be most productive. A variety of catfish are being caught using nightcrawlers, shrimp, stink bait, cut bait and chicken livers tight-lined along the bottom in 5- to 10-foot depths. As water temperatures cool down, try for saugeye by trolling crankbaits, casting jigs, or drifting with a night-crawler harness.

OHIO RIVER

Serpintine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) - Anglers are having success catching blue cats in the morning hours; try using chicken breast.

Greenup Dam - Hybrid-striped bass and white bass should be moving this time of year. For hybrids, try cut and live baits off the bottom. For white bass, try top-water lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners and cut bait. Early mornings will probably produce the most catches.

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 and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 14 inches.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was best north of the Toledo water intake, around West Sister Island, 3 miles north of Crane Creek and north of “C” can of the Camp Perry range. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons; drifters by casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms. … Yellow perch fishing was best around “B” can of the Camp Perry range, north of “C” can of the Camp Perry range, near the Canadian border south of East Sister Island, east of the Kelleys Island airport and on the dumping grounds east of Marblehead; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, west of Ruggles Reef and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing was reported in 68-74 feet of water north of Ashtabula and in 65-74’ northwest of Conneaut; anglers are trolling dipsy-divers, jet-divers and wire-line with blue, yellow, purple, green and orange spoons. … Yellow perch fishing has been good in 46-50’ north of Cleveland and in 52’ northwest of Fairport Harbor. Excellent fishing was reported in 46-53’ northeast of Geneva, in 48-52’ north of Ashtabula and in 56-62’ northwest of Conneaut; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in 10-20’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using nightcrawlers, soft craws, leeches and crankbaits. … White Bass fishing is picking up with small fish being caught off the short pier in Fairport harbor; best spots to try are East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland, the long pier in Grand River and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … The water temperature is 70 degrees off Toledo and 73 degrees off 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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Drawings to be held for Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

FINDLAY – Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities.

The drawing dates and times are as follows:

Pipe Creek Wildlife Area Early Teal and Goose Hunt - Osborn Park 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is from 5-6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.

East Sandusky Bay Metro Park Early Teal and Goose Hunt - Osborn Park 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is from 5-6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.

Adult participants are required to present their current or previous year’s Ohio Wetland Stamp or Resident Hunting License. Youth hunters are required to bring their 2012 or 2013 Resident Youth Hunting License to be eligible to participate in the drawings.

For more information on Ohio’s wildlife resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com on the web.

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Sept. 1 kicks off Early Migratory Game Bird hunting seasons

COLUMBUS – Sept. 1 kicks off the State of Ohio’s 2013-14 bird hunting seasons for mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.

The seasons were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council.

New this year, bag limits for Canada geese and teal have increased and possession limits after the second day of hunting have increased for all migratory game bird species.

Ohio’s dove season is Sept. 1-Oct. 21 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2, 2014, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 45 birds after the second day.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. Bott Wildlife Area will hold its drawings at the Indian Creek Headquarters. These controlled hunts will take place Sept. 1-2; hunting hours will be noon to sunset. Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1-2, 7, 14 and 21. Youths 17 years old and younger will be given priority on Sept. 1-2.

Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at noon Aug. 24 at the respective public area headquarters. Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon. Maps and details are available at wildohio.com. Questions about these hunts should be directed to the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District Five office at 937-372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted statewide Sept. 1-15 during the special early season, with a daily limit of five birds and possession limit of 15 birds after the second day. The Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early Canada goose season.

The early teal hunting season is Sept. 7-22 with a daily bag limit of six birds and possession limit of 18 after the second day. Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1-Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe is Sept. 1-Nov. 25 and Dec. 15-Jan. 4, 2014, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is Oct. 12-Nov. 25 with a daily bag limit of three.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Hunters must obtain a new HIP certification each year. Licenses, permits and stamps are available online at the Wild Ohio Customer Center. Federal duck stamps are available at duckstamp.com.

A state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement and a federal duck stamp are not required to hunt doves, rails, moorhens, snipe and woodcock. Only nontoxic shot may be used to hunt waterfowl, rails, moorhens and snipe.

Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves. The 2013-14 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found online at wildohio.com. The 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available by late August at license outlets, ODNR Division of Wildlife district offices or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

 

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