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Jim Morris' weekly fishing report

By Jim Morris - Contributing Writer

Paint Creek Lake: Crappie fishing is excellent all over the lake. Fish in 2-4 feet of water around wood and brush. Some of the larger fish are a bit deeper. Use minnows or blue/chartreuse jigs. Bass are coming in to the banks. Use shad-colored crankbaits or green/pumpkin worms in 3-6 feet of water. Fish in the spillway to catch saugeyes on chartreuse/red fleck twisters. Crappies are biting on minnows.

Indian Lake: Anglers are catching saugeyes from banks and boats. The south bank has been a hot spot, along with Pew Island, Long Island and the humps off of Lakeview harbor. Bank fishermen have been using minnows, leeches and nightcrawlers; boaters are jigging with large minnows and Vib-E’s. Crappies are biting all around the lake in brushy areas and around docks on minnows and jigs. A few yellow perch were recently caught off of the west bank and off of Paradise Island point with minnows and redworms.

Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappie fishing has been good in the channels around brush and wood. Use minnows or jigs and fish 1-3 feet deep. Bluegills are biting on ice jigs tipped with waxworms. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad. Saugeyes and crappies have been caught in Beaver Creek (below the dam).

C.J. Brown Reservoir: Walleyes have been caught along the rocks near the dam. Most have been caught by anglers in boats, jigging with Vib-E’s, nightcrawlers or trolling Erie Dearies with nightcrawlers. Crappies have been caught around the marina with minnows. For white bass, work the north end and around the rocks with inline spinners or minnows. Catfish are biting all over the lake on chicken liver and nightcrawlers.

Caesar Creek Lake: As the water temperature rises, the fishing improves. A few saugeyes have been picked up by trolling around Walker’s Island. Crappies are hitting minnows about 12 feet deep around wood. Fish around stickups 6-8 feet deep to catch bluegills on waxworms. Bass have been hitting spinners and plastics in shallow water close to wood. A couple of 48-50-inch muskies have been caught near the Ohio 73 bridge on musky spinners.

Acton Lake: Just about everything is biting. Bass are in shallow water, going after crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Anglers are trolling with brightly colored crankbaits and twisters – orange, yellow, pink and chartreuse – to catch saugeyes. Crappies have been caught off of the pier and around rocky points with jigs tipped with waxworms and crappie minnows. Boaters are slow-trolling for crappies around points with jigs and minnows.

Lake Loramie: The crappie bite has improved as the water clears. Use jigs tipped with waxworms or crappie nibbles or minnows to catch crappies. Saugeye fishing in the spillway has been good. Use twisters or bass minnows. Bluegills have been hitting ice jigs tipped with waxworms close to the banks. Bass have been caught on flippin’ jigs in shallow water.

Rocky Fork Lake: Good crappie fishing has been reported. Look for wood and brush and fish 2-7 feet deep with minnows. Bass are hanging around points in 3-7 feet of water. Black/Black jigs have been working well. For saugeyes, try trolling in front of the south beach with a crankbait or a chartreuse twister. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the coves. White bass are going after inline spinners in the creeks.

Cowan Lake: Anglers are working the coves along the north side of the lake to catch crappies. They’re also looking for drop-offs in the main lake, using minnows. Bass fishermen have been concentrating along the south shore, using deep-diving crankbaits and plastics. Plenty of bluegills and catfish are being caught by bank fishermen.

Lake Erie: The best walleye fishing over the past week has been around the Camp Perry firing range and the Bass Islands. Trollers have caught fish around the outer cans of the Camp Perry firing range, west of the Bass Islands, and to a lesser extent around Kelleys Island. Crankbaits and worm harnesses have both caught fish. Fish have been caught by jigging nearshore west of the reefs and on reefs within the Camp Perry firing range. Purple or green hair jigs have been the lure of choice for jiggers

— Jim Morris

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