Caesar Creek Lake: Anglers are working the flats with nightcrawlers jigged close to the bottom. A few bank fishermen have also been successful by using floating jig heads with nightcrawlers tightlined near the bottom. Crappies are deep, about 22-27 feet in 35 feet of water. Bluegills are in the brush, about 10 feet deep. For bass, work the banks early or late with plastics.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Walleye fishing has been pretty good considering the heat in recent days. Anglers are trolling over the humps and old road bed. Another popular spot has been on the east side of the flats off of the campground beach. Look for deep holes to find crappies. They are still hitting minnows. Catfish are being caught all over on nightcrawlers and chicken liver.
Cowan Lake: An angler caught a 45-inch musky recently by trolling around the island. Although not stocked for several years, a few muskies remain and are often caught by people fishing for other species. Even though scattered into deep water, a number of crappies are still being caught on minnows. The coves on the north side of the lake are still popular spots. The best place to catch saugeyes seems to be around the beach by trolling with a nightcrawler harness or and Erie Dearie tipped with a nightcrawler. Bluegills are plentiful in the brush just off of the banks.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Catfish and bluegills are the most popular species right now. Catfish are still hitting nightcrawlers, shrimp and cut shad all over the lake. Fish around docks to catch bluegills on waxworms and red worms. A few crappies are being caught but usually early in the morning or in the evening. Look for shady spots like pontoons. Bass fishing has slowed. Use a jig or plastic worm close to the banks. Wacky Worms have also been effective.
Lake Loramie: Fish early or late to catch bass. Work the structure close to the banks with jigs or spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting all over at any time of day on stinkbaits, nightcrawlers and cut baits. Bluegills are close to shore around rocks, hitting waxworms. Crappies have been difficult to catch. The only decent bite has been in the evening around bridges, mostly on minnows.
Rocky Fork Lake: Early and late has been the ticket for bass and crappies. The best action has been casting off of points in water 5-10 feet deep. Six-inch pumpkinseed worms have worked well, along with Baby Brush Hogs. Crappies are deep, 8-15 feet, around structure. Minnows are working best. A few saugeyes have been caught off of the south beach by trolling crawler harnesses or chartreuse/red twisters tipped with a nightcrawler. Also look for saugeyes on the edges of weed beds. Bluegills are around docks and in the brushy coves.
Paint Creek Lake: The best fishing has been early and late with a growing number of anglers fishing for bass at night. Work the channel banks in 3-6 feet of water with plastic worms and Shakey Heads. Look for wood to catch crappies. Fish in 5-10 feet of water and try to follow creek beds. Plenty of catfish have been caught off of the flats near the campground boat ramp. In the tailwaters, anglers are getting saugeyes, crappies and catfish, including a few shovelheads.
Acton Lake: Catfish are biting all over the lake on nightcrawlers, cut bait and strawberry chicken. Bluegills are still in the brush around the banks, but perhaps a bit deeper. Crappies are suspended at 10 feet in about 12 feet of water. Bass are going after topwater baits early in the day and then rubber worms. Use a slow presentation.
Indian Lake: Bass fishing has been good around lily pads with topwater frogs. The best times are early and late. Catfish are biting all over the lake on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and Power Baits. Moundwood has been a good location for saugeyes. Anglers are casting with Vib-E’s and Rapalas or using a bass minnow under a bobber. Fish around docks and lily pads for crappies.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing was good over the past week with the best areas being between West Sister Island and Middle Sister Island, off of Crane Creek, Northwest Reef (west of North Bass Island), and between Kelleys Island Shoal and the Canadian border. Yellow perch fishing has been good at the gravel pit, “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Rattlesnake Island and West Reef, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, and 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. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.