Lake Loramie: Fishing is getting better every day. Crappies are biting all over the lake around lily pads, rocks and brush. Use minnows or small jigs and tubes tipped with waxworms or Powerbait Waxys. Catfish are hitting cut shad, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Bluegills are plentiful, going after waxworms, redworms and small jigs/spiders around rocks and brush. Bass fishing has been good along the rocks with blue fleck 7-inch worms and jig-n-pig. Check the spillway for saugeyes.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappies, crappies, crappies. Work the channels with minnows or single-tail jigs tipped with waxworms. Use waxworms and rubber spiders to catch bluegills around rocks and docks. Bass are chasing jig-n-pig off of the rocks. A few perch are being caught by crappie fishermen. Last week’s Outdoorsman catfish tournament produced an 18.2-pound channel cat caught by the team of Bob Bullock of Lima and his son Mike of Celina. Catfish are biting everywhere on cut shad and nightcrawlers.
Cowan Lake: Crappies have been hitting in the coves on the north side of the lake and around the spillway. Use crappie minnows and fish around structure in 10-15 feet of water. There are no size or bag limits on crappies at Cowan. For bass, work the deep points with jigs. Look for wood and try a spinnerbait.
Caesar Creek Lake: Low water conditions continue with the only ramp open at Wellman Meadows. Use caution if launching there. Crappies have been caught about 13 feet deep around structure. Large and small minnows have been effective. Saugeyes have been caught around the island by tightlining nightcrawlers and bass minnows.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: The best crappie fishing has been from boats with anglers working the fish-attractors in deep water. Large minnows have been the best bait. In the marina smaller crappies have been caught with about one in eight being keepers. For walleyes, try dragging an Erie-dearie tipped with a large minnow over the humps and old roadbed. In the evening, work the shallower water around the rocks with a Vib-E.
Rush Run Lake: Good fishing for crappies, bluegills and trout has been reported. Bluegills have been hitting waxworms in the brush and around rocks. Trout are biting on small spinners and minnows or waxworms. Crappies are biting around the fallen timber placed in the lake as artificial structure. Use bass minnows.
Acton Lake: Bass have been hitting on black/chartreuse jigs or spinnerbaits and jig-n-pig around stumps and other structure at 6-8 feet deep. Slow presentation has been best. For crappies, fish off the pier or the dock and the lodge with minnows. Most have been small. No fishing is allowed around the dam or spillway.
Indian Lake: Saugeye fishing has turned on. Try Lakeview harbor, Northfork and the south beach as the water gets warmer. Large minnows, Vib-E’s and crankbaits have worked best. Crappies have been caught off of docks and channel banks 1-2 feet deep, mostly on minnows. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the brush and along the rocks. Bass have been caught around wood with spinnerbaits and jig-n-pig.
Paint Creek Lake: Fishing has been excellent in the lake and spillway. In the lake, work the channel banks. In the morning the fish are deeper (7-9 feet), but in the warmer afternoons they have been caught in 3-4 feet of water. Use minnows or black/chartreuse jigs. Bass are hitting pumpkin-colored worms and jig-n-pig off of rocky points. For catfish, fish the flats with cut shad or nightcrawlers. In the spillway, crappies are hitting small jigs and minnows. Saugeyes have been caught on chartreuse/red fleck twisters.
Rocky Fork Lake: Very good bass fishing has been reported with black/blue jig-n-pig and spinnerbaits. Work the rocky points. Crappies have been caught around laydowns in 7-9 feet of water using minnows or jigs tipped with waxworms. Bluegills are in the coves, hitting waxworms around brush. For saugeyes, fish around the beaches in shallow water. Cast small twisters or crankbaits.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent for trollers. The best areas have been around “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range and west of Mouse Island. Fish have also been caught by anglers jigging on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and nearshore around Turtle Creek and Wild Wings.
Walleye run: Windy conditions have made fishing difficult this week after a busy last weekend. In the Maumee River many limits have been taken with plenty of fish available. White bass have started to move in, but it’s still a hot walleye fishery at all locations. In the Sandusky River the white bass are starting to take over. There is still decent walleye fishing, but not as many limits.
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