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Weekly Ohio Statewide Fishing Report

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Weekly Ohio Fishing Report:  ODNR

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Updated Weekly April through October

August 21, 2013


Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Smallmouth bass can be caught in this lake north of Columbus.  Using crankbaits and spinner baits, target the main and secondary lake points were rip rap or hard bottom is present.  White bass are being caught on in-line spinners and blade baits, look for dense areas of gizzard shad on the surface.  Crappies are being found around wood in 10-15 feet of water use jigs or minnows.  Crappies will move into shallower water as temperature decrease this fall.  Musky can provide good action this time of year, troll crankbaits along the points and dam.   

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) – Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster.  Use cut shad, shrimp or night crawlers fished in east or south ends for best results.  Bluegill are providing some action around cover in the east end of the lake, use wax worms or red worms fished under a bobber.  Largemouth bass are also being caught on spinner baits and must be 15 inches or longer to keep.  10 horsepower limit on lake.


Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland County line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is located next to Mohican State Forest, 2 miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Water levels are at normal levels right now. Good numbers of crappie from 9-10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in 8-12 feet of water near submerged trees. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye and yellow perch. For saugeye, try trolling in 10-15 feet of water in front of the beach. For largemouth, try fishing around the stumps at the lower end of the reservoir.

Lake McKarns (Williams County) – Lake McKarns is located on the St. Joseph Wildlife Area, south of Montpelier on County Road J and west of County Road 10. The lake is 70 acres in size and is a good place to try for some largemouth bass this time of year. Try focusing on the structure in the southwest area of the lake. Anglers should try using top water lures fished along the structure edges. For largemouth bass, 2 fish may be kept less than 14 inches and 1 fish 20 inches or greater may be kept for a total limit of 3 fish. The lake features a boat ramp and boats are limited to 10 horsepower engines.


Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – Anglers have really enjoyed the catfish action this summer at Mogadore Reservoir. It has continued to produce nice catches of channels. Anglers are doing well using shad caught by cast nets. Most fish are being caught after the sun goes down in the shallow flat areas.

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Ashland and Richland counties) – The spillway (below the dam) at Pleasant Hill Reservoir has been producing a mixed bag of saugeye, white bass, crappie, and bluegill. Popular baits have been smaller jigs and soft plastics, inline spinners, and maggots and jigs.


Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) – Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and start looking for bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using top-water baits near weed-lines or using plastic worms in dark colors which include purple, motor oil and black. Generally this time of year the most successful times will be late evening and early morning, but if you’re feeling adventurous fish may be caught throughout the night. Some bluegill and other sunfish may be caught as well using night crawlers fished below a bobber. Try targeting the marina area.

Lake Logan (Hocking County) – Nice catches of largemouth bass have been found in this 333-acre lake in the past. Most anglers prefer fishing the shorelines from a boat. Try using spinner baits to target the fish. This lake is also popular with catfish anglers. Night crawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom in addition to cut bait such as shad or suckers.


Acton Lake (Preble County) – Good numbers of 1-3 pound channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park.  Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp as bait.  The shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been best.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties)— Channel catfish are popular at Ohio’s largest inland lake.  Try fishing on the bottom with nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, or cut baits. Prime areas include the Windy Point fishing pier, and the stone piers along the east bank.  Increase your chances of catching a large flathead catfish by using large chub minnows or live sunfish for bait.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Channel catfish are being caught below the dam in the tail waters.  Successful anglers are using night crawlers, chicken livers, and cut baits fished on the bottom.  For saugeyes in the lake, try casting or trolling silver-colored crankbaits on flats near the beach and Plum Run islands area.


View Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps.

** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler.  The minimum size limit for walleye 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 through August 31.  The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

** The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.**

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was best around “L” can, Toussaint Reef and the islands area near the Canadian border.  Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons.  Drifters are casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms.

Yellow perch fishing was best north of the water intake off of Toledo, north of Port Clinton, north of the navigation buoy off of Catawba Island, near Niagara Reef, “D” and “C” cans, west of North Bass Island, E of the Kelleys Island airport, and on the dumping grounds E 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, W of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses.  Excellent fishing, best of the year,  was reported in 65-72’ of water N of Ashtabula and in 65-72’ of water N of Conneaut.  Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, silver, orange, red, yellow and green stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 48-52’ of water N of Gordon Park, in 48-50’ of water N of Wildwood Park, in 48-52’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 46-61’ of water NE of Geneva, in 52-62’ of water NE of Conneaut.  Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.  Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10 to 20’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Anglers are 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 E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and 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.

Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and E 55 St piers in Cleveland in the evenings.  Anglers are using nightcrawlers.

The water temperature is 70 degrees off of Toledo and 71 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.

Maumee River and Sandusky River walleye fishing reports

Steelhead fishing reports

Weather forecast for Lake Erie  
View Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps  


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 hybrid striped bass, try fishing cut baits and live baits off the bottom. For white bass, try using top-water lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners and cut bait. Early mornings will probably produce the most catches.   

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