C.J. Brown Reservoir: Some nice walleyes have been caught by trolling with crankbaits or crawler harnesses over the humps and old road bed. Look for deep holes to catch crappies with minnows. Most are down 15-20 feet around structure or ledges. Plenty of bluegills and a couple of smallmouth bass have been caught around the fish attractors near the boat ramp. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers all over the lake.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Bass fishing is good in the channels around wood and boats. Use a spinnerbait or soft plastic. Minnows and Gulp baits have been best for crappies. Look for deep holes and shaded areas. Bluegills are hitting waxworms around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on shrimp, cut shad and nightcrawlers.
Cowan Lake: Work the deep holes on the north shore to catch crappies. Minnows are still the best bait. Bass fishing is best early in the morning and around sunset. Try a topwater bait on calm days or use a spinnerbait or crankbait. Bluegills are in the brush. For saugeyes, try trolling the main lake.
Paint Creek Lake: Fish early or late to catch crappies along creek beds around deep structure or points. Fish along the banks with green/pumpkin or black/grape plastics to catch bass. If fishing points cast a shad-colored or silver crankbait. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad around the campground boat ramp flats. Catfish, saugeyes, crappies and bluegills are being caught in the spillway.
Rocky Fork Lake: Crappies are deep. The best way to catch them is to use a fish finder and try jigging with a minnow. Bass are around wood along banks and around points. Saugeyes are being caught at depths of 8-12 feet off of the south beach and around the island. Use brightly colored twisters or crankbaits.
Caesar Creek Lake: Saugeye fishing has been good on the flats. Jigging with a nightcrawler or drifting with a nightcrawler just off the bottom are the best methods. Also try trolling a crankbait around the island. Bass are tight to the banks. Use a variety of plastics. Topwater baits thrown early and late are also effective. Bluegills are 6-8 feet deep around the stickups. Crappies are 15-16 feet deep, hitting minnows. Work the areas where creeks enter the lake to catch catfish. Use nightcrawlers, stinkbaits or chubs.
Lake Loramie: Bass fishing has been good with green/pumpkin plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits fished close to the banks. Crappie fishing has been best in the evenings with jigs and minnows. Bluegills are still on beds, hitting waxworms. Catfish are biting all over the lake on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and chicken liver.
Acton Lake: The best way to fish for crappies is find areas that are 18 feet deep and fish at depths of 14-15 feet, using a slip-bobber. One of the best spots has been around the dam. Minnows have worked best. Try topwater early in the morning or just after sunset to catch bass.
Indian Lake: Bass have been going after topwater frogs in the lily pads and along channel banks. Crappies are around docks and brush. Try fishing in the old game reserve. The best saugeye fishing has been by trolling over the Lakeview humps, along the south bank and up to Dream Bridge.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was good over the past week until recent windy weather limited fishing opportunities. The best areas were north of West Sister Island, Northwest Reef (west of North Bass Island) and American Eagle Shoal (southwest of Kelleys Island). Perch fishing was good over the past week until recent windy weather limited fishing. The best areas have been around the Toledo water intake, northeast of West Sister Island, “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between South Bass Island and Green Island, and a mile east of the Kelleys Island airport.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island. Anglers are using soft-craws, tube jigs, and crankbaits. For Lake Erie information visit wildohio.com or call (888) HOOK-FISH.