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Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio! Report

NORTHWEST OHIO

Scioto River (Hardin County) - Channel Catfish: have been biting on nightcrawlers. Access the river at the bridge at CR 245.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) - Largemouth bass: Nice catches are being taken using tube jigs fished through weed beds; the best colors have been motor oil and crawfish. Most fish are in the 15- to 20-inch range; the best fishing has been in the shallow areas on the south and east sides. Boats are allowed with electric motors only.

Bresler Reservoir (582 acres; Allen County) - Crappie: are being caught in the southwest corner by the pump house; jigs or minnows under a slip bobber have been working great. A few anglers reported catching fish between 9-10 a.m. Boats are allowed with electric motors only.

 

NORTHEAST OHIO

 

Pymatuning Lake (16,349 acres; Ashtabula County) - Approximately 1 mile east of Andover and 1 mile north of Jamestown, PA, SR 85 (Ohio) bisects its northern and southern sections and becomes SR 285 at the Pennsylvania border (approximately 1 mile east of Pymatuning Lake Road), which is situated near the middle of the 2-mile bridge overlooking the lake. Five boat-launch ramps are available; a 20-HP motor limit is in effect. White bass: focus efforts near the Route 85/285 causeway using in-line spinners and jig and curly-tail combos. Sunfish: bluegill are biting well at the upper end; use wax worms, maggots, or small worms on small hooks (#10 or smaller) or pin-mins under bobbers. Carp: are also biting well at the upper end; fish nightcrawlers on the bottom.

Mosquito Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) - Mosquito Creek Lake is approximately 1 mile west of SR 5 in Cortland. Five maintained boat-launch ramps are available; unlimited horsepower boating is permitted. Walleye: troll crawler harnesses in 15-20 feet. Crappie: focus efforts north of Route 88 about 5-10 feet deep; use jigs tipped with minnows several feet below bobbers. Largemouth Bass: use spinnerbaits in weedbeds.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

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

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 crappis are being caught on small tube jigs or minnows fished near submerged trees 6-15 feet deep. Bluegills: can be caught on red or 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. Bluegills: 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.

LAKE ERIE

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. … Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): is closed to possession (catch and release only).

Western Basin

Walleye: Fishing has been good off Magee Marsh, near “A,” “B,” and “L” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, just off Niagara Reef, around Green Island, in the South Passage between Mouse and Starve islands, northwest of North Bass Island, southeast of Airport Reef off Kelleys Island and northeast of Kelleys Island Shoal. Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom-bouncers, as well as spoons pulled behind divers; casters are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom-bouncers and worm harnesses.

Smallmouth Bass: These are being caught around island shorelines in less than 20 feet of water on tube jigs and also crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass: These are being caught in harbors and bays using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Walleye: Fishing has been good near Ruggles Reef, 1-5 miles offshore from Vermilion to Lorain, in 38-45 feet of water off Cleveland, in 20 feet north of Fairport, in 30-40 feet north of Geneva and in 40 feet north of Conneaut trolling worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow Perch: Anglers are catching fish in 34 feet north of Bratenahl, in 35 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 35-48 feet northeast of Conneaut. Perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom have produced the most. Shore fishing has been spotty off the East 55th and East 72nd street piers in Cleveland; fishing has been good off the west pier of the Grand River.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing has been excellent in 15-25 feet around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using leeches, tube jigs and crankbaits.

Channel Catfish: Fishing has been very good along the Grand River using nightcrawlers and large chubs.

The Lake Erie water temperature is 61 off Toledo and 54 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Last Updated on Friday, May 30, 2014 8:49 PM
 

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