Weekly Ohio fishing report
Weekly Ohio fishing report
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The weekly fishing report provided by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Steelhead (Ashtabula County) -- The steelhead run in Conneaut Creek and Ashtabula River is just about over but die-hard anglers are still picking up a few of the lake run rainbow trout.
Killbuck Creek (Holmes County) -- In the tributaries of this creek, anglers are finding some Northern Pike and bowfin. Large minnows and chubs are the bait of choice.
Charles Mill (Ashland County) -- "Wipers" (a hybrid of white bass and striped bass) up to 10 inches long are being caught here on chicken livers. Try working the area called "Fisherman's Point" and back toward the marina. Decent sized bluegills are being caught here on wax worms and crappies can be found around the treetops, biting on jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are being caught at various spots around the lake. Shrimp, night crawlers and liver are enticing catfish up to 22 inches in length.
Mentor Lagoon (Lake County) -- Anglers here are picking up crappies, bluegills and bullheads along with both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Grand River (Lake County) -- Most of the walleyes have moved out of this river but the warmer water has turned on the bass fishing with smallmouths being taken from around the Pipe Bridge to the Uniroyal hole in the lower part of the river.
Headlands Beach Breakwall (Lake County) -- Limits of jumbo sized perch are being taken here from beyond the lighthouse. Large perch in smaller numbers are also being taken by shore fishermen from the short wall on the Fairport side.
Berlin Reservoir (Portage County) -- Anglers here are picking up crappies by fishing minnows in the brushy areas in about 8 to 12 feet of water. Walleye fishing here is expected to pick up in the next couple of weeks.
Nimisila Lake (Summit County) -- Minnows are working here for crappies and largemouth bass. Some crappies are running 12 to 13 inches with bass up to 14 inches. Bluegills are biting here on wax worms, with a few of the 'gills in the 7 to 8-inch range.
Waldborn Reservoir (Stark County) -- Crappies are being taken here on minnows fished under bobbers. Bass can be found here with successful anglers using spinners and crank baits.
Mahoning River (Stark County) -- Some smaller white bass are being picked up here on jigs and minnows from the Alliance Water Department down to Berlin. While success is spotty right now, the next rainfall should bring a good run of white bass.
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull) -- Good numbers of crappies are being caught here. The walleye are still biting for both boat fishermen and those fishing from shore along the rocky causeway. Largemouth bass are starting to turn on and a few northern pike are also being caught here.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) -- This lake is starting to "heat up" with anglers catching crappies, perch, walleye and nice smallmouth bass.
Western Basin -- Fishing on Lake Erie has been slowed by strong north winds. When conditions allow, walleye are being caught both on the reef complex and the surrounding flats of the Bass Islands area. On the reefs the most productive technique has been lead-head jigs tipped with shiners and a stinger hook, with limit catches being reported. Trolling in deeper water near the reefs has produced trophy walleye in the 10-pound class. Crank baits and minnow imitating stick baits trolled in the top ten feet of water have been used to catch post-spawn females.
Central Basin Streams -- Steelhead fishing in the tributaries has been excellent this spring, but the season will most likely be over by the first week of May. Approximately 53,000 steelhead smolts averaging 6 inches were stocked in the Rocky River April 22. Anglers should wet their hands and gently unhook and release these fish immediately. There is a 12" minimum length limit to protect recently stocked smolts.