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WEEKLY OHIO REPORT



Published: Thu, August 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



WEEKLY OHIO REPORT

COLUMBUS (AP) -- The weekly fishing report provided by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Berlin Reservoir (Portage, Stark, and Mahoning counties) -- Bluegill are hitting on wax worms or maggots along the shorelines in three to six feet of water or along the shallow humps between the Army Corps ramp and the railroad tracks. Anglers are catching channel catfish along the bridges and shoreline at night with night crawlers and chicken livers. Walleye are slow right now, but a few are being caught by anglers trolling with crank baits and crawler harnesses in 16 to 20 feet of water. Anglers are also picking up crappie, channel catfish, and perch with this method. Unlimited horsepower.

Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga County) -- Near LeFever's Restaurant and Waterworks Park, smallmouth bass and northern pike are hitting on artificial lures such as crayfish crank baits, small jigs, small spinners, and top-water baits. Early mornings and late evenings are best since the heat of the day forces fish into a very lethargic state.

Beach City Reservoir and Tailwater (Tuscarawas County) -- Bluegill, channel catfish, and brown bullhead catfish are giving anglers some success below and near the dam. Reel in bluegill while fishing with earthworms or red worms in three to four feet of water. Channel and brown bullhead cats can be caught on stink baits or chicken livers on or near the bottom. The outlook for bullhead catfish is excellent. Ten horsepower limit.

LAKE ERIE

Western Basin

Walleye--Walleye fishing has been slow. The best walleye fishing has been around the Toledo water intake in 21 feet of water, south of "F" can on the Canadian border, and along the northern border of the Camp Perry firing range from "A" can to "C" can. Drifting or trolling worm harnesses and trolling spoons produce the most fish.

Yellow Perch--Perch fishing has remained slow, but occasional decent catches have come from west and northwest of Kelleys Island and around West Reef near North Bass Island. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set up.

Smallmouth Bass--The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands, Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye--The best walleye fishing has been around Ruggles Reef west of Vermilion, 10 to 16 miles north from Fairport Harbor to Geneva in 70 to 72 feet of water, and 10 to 20 miles north of Ashtabula in 70 to 72 feet of water. Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons or crawler harnesses using planer boards, dipsy divers or jet divers, have produced the best catches. The best spoon colors have been confusion, watermelon and black/silver. Fish have ranged from 15 to 28 inches.

Yellow Perch--Yellow perch fishing has been best three miles north of Eastlake in 37 to 44 feet of water, two to four miles north-northeast of Ashtabula in 45 to 56 feet of water, and two to four miles north-northeast of Conneaut in 44 to 55 feet of water. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set up. Fish have ranged from seven to 11 inches.

Smallmouth Bass--Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around breakwalls and rocky drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and drop-shot rigs with goby imitations have been the most productive lures.

Steelhead--Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 22 to 30 inches.

White Bass--The best white bass fishing has been from shore at the Eastlake CEI wall and in Cleveland on the E 72nd and E 55th street piers. Anglers are using agitators with small spinners and twister tails. Fish have ranged from eight to 14 inches.

OHIO RIVER

Belmont County -- Fishing has been slow in the Ohio River for species other than catfish. Channel catfish are being caught using chicken liver and night crawlers fished tight on the bottom. Night seems to be the best time to fish for channel catfish and flathead catfish. Flathead catfish are generally caught using live bait such as shad and skipjack herring.

On the Net:

http://seaboard.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS61.KCLE.html

www.ohiodnr.com.




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