Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappie fishing has been excellent. Use minnows or jigs and fish in shallow water at the edges of brush. Docks and pontoons are also good hiding places. Work the seawalls and rocks to catch bluegills on waxworms. Bass are close to the banks, hitting crankbaits, jigs and minnows. Catfish are biting all over the lake on nightcrawlers and cut shad.
Caesar Creek Lake: Muddy waters have cleared and the crappie fishing is still good. Work deep structure in about 15 feet of water with minnows and jigs. Saugeyes have been caught on the flats by jigging nightcrawlers or trolling a worm harness around the island. Bluegills have been hitting waxworms around stickups about 5 feet deep.
Lake Loramie: Crappie fishing has been outstanding, especially in the evening and early morning. They’re hitting minnows or white/chartreuse jigs. Catfish are biting all over on nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Many 3-5-pound catfish have been caught. Bass fishing has been good close to the banks on crankbaits and jig-n-pig. Some nice size bluegills have been caught on waxworms and redworms in brushy areas. Saugeye fishing should improve in the spillway with recent rain.
Indian Lake: White bass are being caught all over the lake on Roostertails, Mepps, minnows and shiny spoons. The action has been best at the covered bridge and in the spillway. Saugeye fishing has been generally slow with a few taken around the Lakeview harbor. Crappies are still spawning, so fish brushy areas close to the banks with minnows. Bluegills have been caught from under docks all over the lake on waxworms and tiger worms. Bass are still spawning, so fish in shallow water with jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers, chicken liver and minnows.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Crappie fishing has been excellent all over. Fish around the structure near the ramp with minnows. Or fish around the marina, the visitor center or the rocks in shallow water. Use minnows. White bass are hitting minnows, shiny spoons and spinners all over the lake and in the spillway. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been caught close to the banks in brushy, woody areas, mostly on crankbaits and large minnows. Work the north end of the lake for catfish. Walleye fishing has been slow.
Rocky Fork Lake: High water and muddy conditions plagued the lake last week, but it’s clearing up. Crappies have moved to deeper water, 10-16 fee, hitting minnows and black-chartreuse jigs. Saugeye fishing has been slow with the best action from trolling the south beach and island. Bass fishing continues to be good, even though most have moved away from the banks. Use crankbaits or plastics with shaky heads. Catfish have been hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad on the west side of the lake. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the coves.
Paint Creek Lake: Bass fishing has been very good around points and in the creeks. Use crankbaits or plastics. Crappies have finished spawning and have moved to 4-7 feet of water. Fish with minnows, tubes or Baby Shad and look for laydowns and other wood. Bluegills are hitting waxworms close to the banks. Spillway fishing has been good for saugeyes and crappies with twisters. For channel cats, use nightcrawlers or cut shad. Shovelheads have been going after chubs.
Cowan Lake: Muddy waters have slowed fishing, although bass fishing has continued to be good. Work the banks with crankbaits or plastics. Try a topwater bait in the morning. Crappie fishing has slowed, but is best on the north side, around the island and near the cabins. Bank fishermen have been taking some perch on minnows. Plenty of catfish have been caught in the evenings.
Acton Lake: Work the shallow areas around stumps and laydowns to catch largemouth bass. Try crankbaits or plastics with shaky head jigs. For crappies, fish off the pier or the banks at the sugar camp. Saugeyes have been biting, mostly on minnows of crappie fishermen.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing remained slow over the past week as weather conditions limited fishing opportunities on the main lake. The best reports have come from trolling with crankbaits or worm harnesses north of Crane Creek, around the outer buoys of the Camp Perry firing range and west of the Bass Islands. Perch have been caught off of the reefs.
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