Ohio Weekly Statewide Fishing Report from ODNR
The Fish Ohio Report
Updated Weekly April through October
September 11, 2013
Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are being caught at this 481-acre lake in Knox County. Target shoreline cover and the stump field in the east end of the lake using spinner baits, plastics, and crankbaits. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to harvest. Channel catfish are biting on prepared baits and night crawlers, night is the best time. The crappie bite will increase as water temperatures decrease, use minnows and jigs around woody cover. Outboard motors greater than 10 horsepower must move at idle speeds with no wake.
Olentangy River (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Smallmouth bass and rock bass are two fish species that provide action to the angler on this river that runs through Columbus. The best angling can be found from Highbanks Metropark to the Delaware Lake dam. Try spinners and crayfish-imitating crankbaits around rocks and other cover in pools and runs. Other fish present include crappie, saugeye, carp and channel catfish.
Maumee River (Lucas County) – As the summer heat begins to give way to cooler temperatures, crappie fishing should be picking up. Minnows and jigs tipped with wax worms are the most popular ways to target these fish. Anglers often target the marinas in downtown Toledo; although anywhere along the shoreline can be productive. Focus on areas with structure such as trees in the water or overhanging brush. Boat anglers can find access ramps at Wallbridge and Cullen parks.
Shelby Reservoir #3 (Richland County) – Shelby Reservoir #3 is located northeast of the city of Shelby on London West Road. The entrance to the reservoir is about a half mile east of State Route 61. Bluegill fishing should be picking up right now. Try using jigs tipped with wax worms or artificial bait under a slip bobber in 6 to 10 feet of water. Fishing is permitted daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Good populations of yellow perch, walleye, and channel catfish can also be found in the lake. There is a concrete boat ramp; however, gasoline motors are prohibited on the reservoir.
Northeast Ohio Reservoirs – Largemouth bass are biting well across the region, if your timing is right. Target areas with visible baitfish activity; looking for actively feeding bass. Experiment with aggressive reaction baits like crankbaits and rattle baits, or slower presentations like unweighted finesse worms or top-water baits, to determine the mood of the fish. When the action slows, target deeper water structure or dense cover with soft plastics or jigs.
Northeast Ohio Rivers – Along the same lines as above, smallmouth bass action has been really good in the rivers in Northeast Ohio. Anglers are catching great numbers of smallmouth on many types of soft plastics such as tubes, grubs, and paddle tails. Two of the hotter rivers right now are the Chagrin River (Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties) and the Tuscarawas River (Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas counties). Other rivers to consider smallmouth fishing are the Cuyahoga River, Little Beaver Creek, and Rocky River.
AEP ReCreation Land (Morgan and Noble counties) – Largemouth bass fishing should start picking up as temperatures begin to cool. Try using black plastic worms fished during the daytime or top-water buzz baits fished during the night and early dusk time period. Bluegill and redear sunfish are popular at this area due to the better than average size fish that can be found in most ponds and lakes. Try fishing the more secluded and isolated ponds for the best catches of big sunfish. A basic wax or meal worm fished on a #10-12 hook under a bobber should be sufficient. Sunfish can also be caught readily on small (1/32 – 1/64 ounce) twister jigs.
Scioto River/Ohio River (Scioto County) – Anglers looking for great catfish opportunities should give the Scioto River a try at the Ohio River confluence. The shore fish access adjacent to Alexandria Point Park in Portsmouth is a popular and productive fishing location. Flathead, channel and blue catfish can be caught at this location this time of year by fishing cut shad and skipjack. They can also be caught on night crawlers and chicken livers. Hybrid striped bass can also be caught this time of year using shad imitation swim baits. Hybrids are also known to occasionally take chicken livers fished off the bottom.
Grand Lake St. Mary’s (Mercer County) – Crappie fishing is heating up. Anglers report success in brushy structure just off the bottom. Popular bait at the moment is triple-tip grubs, motor oil color; tipped with a wax worm.
Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on creek chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to 19-feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night crawlers as bait. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeye are active in this lake. Currently, saugeye are being caught by anglers using night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs as bait. Fish the bait by trolling it through in water that is eight to 10-feet deep.
** 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 2 fish with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.
** The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.**
Walleye fishing was best at the Gravel Pit (between West Sister Island and the Toledo harbor light), 3 miles off of Wild Wings marina, near “L” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, and W of Green Island. 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 at the Gravel Pit (between West Sister Island and the Toledo harbor light), 2 miles S of West Sister Island, near “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the dumping grounds E of Marblehead, N of Kelleys Island, E of Kelleys Island Shoal, and off of Cedar Point . Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Largemouth and Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead, and also around Kelleys Island.
Walleye fishing continues to be excellent in 72’ of water NE of Ashtabula and in 70’ of water N of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, green and red stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair at the S end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Good fishing was reported in 45-50’ of water N of Edgewater Park, and in 45-50’ of water N of Gordon Park. Fishing has been excellent in 53’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 62’ of water N-NE of Ashtabula, and in 62’ of water N 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 night crawlers, soft-craws, leeches and tube jigs.
White Bass fishing has been hit and miss off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the short and long piers in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. 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 night crawlers.
Steelhead Trout are being caught off the short Pier in Fairport Harbor. Anglers are using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots.
The water temperature is 69 degrees off of Toledo and 69 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.
Clermont County – Smallmouth bass fishing will begin to pick up as temperatures decrease and water levels increase. Anglers interested in small mouth have done well casting into areas of current, especially rocky areas using a variety of artificial baits or minnows. Anglers have been catching 12 to 15-inch channel catfish by tight-lining off the shore using a hook and sinker baited with cut bait or night crawlers.
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