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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:48 PM

May 27, 2009


Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Use crankbaits, tubes and creature baits around Clouse Cove and Cranberry Marsh for largemouth bass; also fish any riprap or woody cover. Try using chicken livers on the north shore from Seller’s Point to the north boat ramp when seeking hybrid striped bass. For bluegill, fish the eastern side of the lake using small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber. Crappie measuring seven to 12 inches and can be taken using minnows suspended by a bobber from shoreline areas that have submerged cover. This is central Ohio’s top lake for flathead catfish. Use live chubs or small sunfish and heavy sinkers fished along the lake bottom for best results. This is also one of the region's top lakes for carp, try prepared baits and dough balls fished along the bottom.

Kokosing River (Knox County) - Ohio’s first water trail, this scenic river in Knox County offers paddlers and anglers access to 28 miles of river fishing. Smallmouth bass and rock bass can be caught on small crankbaits, tubes and jigs. Sunfish, crappies, and catfish are present and offer good fishing. Maps and information are available from the Department of Natural Resources www.ohiodnr.com.


Willard Reservoir (Huron County) – Walleye in the 14-18 inch range are being caught in good numbers. Fishing leeches deep under a slip bobber is working the best. They are hitting very well about an hour before dark to one hour after dark. Try the northern shoreline. Bluegill in the 6-7 inch range are hitting well too. Wax worms, worms and crickets fished up to 6 feet under a slip bobber is working well. The launch ramp near the pumphouse seems to be the hot spot.

Killdeer Pond # 33 (Wyandot County) – The water temperature is 68 degrees and the water is a bit cloudy. Largemouth bass are being taken during the mornings and the evenings. Fathead minnows fished under a slip bobber or casting spinner baits is working very well. The south and west shoreline seem to have the best action.

Maumee River (Lucas County) – Some nice catches of white bass have been taken along the Maumee. Casting minnows or twister tails is working the best. Fish anywhere from Sidecut Metro Park, Blue Grass Island down river to the Conant Street Bridge for the best results. Also, a few nice catches of catfish have been reported near Bayshore Edison in Oregon. Early AM and late evening is the best bet here.


Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – Nice 14 to 18 inch saugeyes are biting on jigs and twisters along State Route 250. This 2,131-acre lake located in the northwestern portion of the county offers good fishing for other species as well. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, crappies (note nine inch minimum length limit), bluegills, channel catfish, and flathead catfish in good numbers. Wheelchair accessible shoreline fishing facilities are available. Visit www.wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE for an updated lake map.

Turkeyfoot Reservoir, Portage Lakes (Summit County) – Anglers wading into one to two feet of water just off of the state park beach are reporting catches of bluegills, redear sunfish, and pumpkinseeds. The larger fish should be heading into the shallows to spawn as soon as the water warms a bit more. Anglers experience greatest success fishing dark jigheads with chartreuse paddletails as dusk falls.

Beaver Creek (Columbiana County) – Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up in this scenic river, especially at the Grimms Bridge area. White twister tails (two inch) with 1/8 jigs are producing great results. Anglers should float the river to avoid trespassing on private property. Wading anglers should fish the state park portion of the river.


C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Walleye fishing has started to pick up. Early morning boat anglers fishing small jigs over the mid-lake humps and the north end are beginning to catch a few nice walleye. Remember there is a 15-inch minimum size limit and daily bag of six on walleye. Bluegills are being caught around the marina and the wooden piling structures near the boat ramp and campground. Use wax worms or redworms for bluegill, fished under a bobber. Anglers are still catching a few white bass along the rocky shorelines and up in the creek. Try using small spinners, jigs, or minnows.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Nice bluegills are being caught along the banks and in the coves. Try using wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber. Bass fishing continues to be excellent this year. Try using spinner baits, jigs, or plastic worms around weed beds, fallen trees, or rocky shorelines in three to five foot depths around main lake points. A few crappie are still being caught around brushy shorelines or fallen trees. Use minnows under a slip bobber for crappie. Anglers are beginning to catch saugeye. Anglers should see good numbers of 13 to 18 inch fish. Try casting or trolling crankbaits along drop-offs adjacent to flats, such as the south beach area. Also, try drifting with jigs tipped with minnows or bottom-bouncing night crawler rigs.


AEP ReCREATION LANDS (Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble counties) Bluegill are found in nearly every impoundment at the ReCreation lands. Night crawlers and wax worms fished under a bobber over submerged structure is the most successful bait presentation. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good in several of the impoundments using top-water lures. Campground Area C is a good area to fish for channel catfish. Users of AEP ReCreation Lands must first obtain a free AEP permit before using the area, available at any AEP Office or by writing to American Electric Power, P.O. Box 328, McConnelsville, OH 43756 or call 1800-WILDLIFE

DOW LAKE (Athens County), 153 acres, 10 h.p. motor limit. Anglers are fishing for largemouth bass in this 153-acre lake. Anglers should be aware of the 12 to 15-inch protected slot length limit. Look for the channel catfish bite to increase during high-water inflow periods.


** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15”. **

** The daily bag limit for Lake Erie yellow perch is 25 fish per angler in waters west of the Huron pier. The limit will remain at 30 fish per angler in Ohio waters from Huron eastward. Any boats landing west of Huron, Ohio will be subject to the 25 fish daily bag limit, while boats landing at Huron or points east will be subject to a 30 fish daily bag limit. Shore-based anglers west of the Huron pier will be subject to a 25 fish daily bag limit, while those on the pier and eastward will remain at 30 fish daily. **

** From May 16 through August 31 the steelhead daily bag limit is 5 fish. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches. **

** May 1 through June 26 is closed to possession (catch and release only) for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) with the limit returning to 5 fish on June 27, 2009 with a 14” minimum size limit. **

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good in the western basin during the week of May 18. The best fishing continues to be around the island complex including N of North Bass Island, between South Bass Island and Kelleys Island, and N of Kelleys Island Shoal. Farther west the fishing has been good between Green Island and the Camp Perry firing range, N of West Sister Island, and around the gravel pit. Drifters are using bottom bouncers with worm harnesses or are casting mayfly rigs. Trollers were catching fish on crankbaits, worm harnesses fished with inline weights or bottom bouncers, and also on spoons fished with dipsy divers or jet divers.

Yellow perch fishing has been best off of Cedar Point and around Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught trolling between Cranberry Creek and Vermilion in 30’ of water, near shore in 12-20’ off Rocky River, 40’ off Edgewater Park, 16-18’ off Chagrin River, 15-40’ off Fairport to Perry and 25’ off Conneaut. Trollers are using crankbaits, stick baits, spoons and worm harnesses off dipsy divers, planer boards and also flatline trolling. The best times are in the evening and early morning.

Yellow perch fishing has good off of the condos E of Vermilion, off the Lorain break wall, 35-41’ off Edgewater Park in Cleveland, 30-40’ off Fairport, 40-43’ off Geneva, and 35-55’ off Conneaut. Shore anglers have been catching fish off the Headlands Beach and Fairport piers on the Grand River and in Cleveland off the E 55th and E 72 St. piers in Cleveland. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 10 to 25’ around harbor areas in Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Fish are being caught on green or brown tube jigs, jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, and by trolling crankbaits.

Based on the nearshore marine forecast the water temperature is 62 off of Toledo and 55 off of Cleveland.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

To view the predicted weather forecast for Lake Erie visit: http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/fmtbltn.pl?file=/raw/fz/fzus61.kcle.glf.le.txt

To view Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps visit: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/default/tabid/2062/Default.aspx


Pike Island Dam tail water - (Jefferson / Belmont counties) - Sauger, walleye and a small number of saugeye are being caught by anglers using jig and twister combinations and spoon type lures. A few white bass are being caught on heavy spoons, one to two ounce, while anglers make long casts out to the first wicket or gate. Some shovelhead catfish and four to five-pound channel catfish are being caught at nighttime on moon eyes and cut skip jacks.

New Cumberland Dam tail water (Jefferson/Belmont counties) - Decent striped bass are just starting to bite and white bass have been biting for some time now. Sauger are still being caught, but have been tailing off a bit for a couple of weeks. Crappie, smallmouth, and sunfish are starting to show up some in the tail water.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Water temp was 65 and slightly muddy. Anglers are catching hybrids and white bass on crankbaits.
Good bite early but falling off later in the morning. Some ramps are covered with mud, it may be a good idea to check before you make plans.


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