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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Knox Lake (Knox County) - Largemouth bass are the most popular game fish in this lake. Fishing with tubes, crankbaits and spinner baits around shoreline cover can be very productive this time of year; bass must be 18 inches or longer to keep. Crappie are still being caught in 9-10 feet of water next to woody cover. Channel catfish are being caught lake-wide using cut shad and shrimp.

Oakthorpe Lake (Fairfield County) - This 41-acre lake provides good largemouth bass fishing; try plastics and spinner baits around shoreline cover and the lily pads on the north side of this overlooked lake. Crappie can be taken from the deep water on the west bank with a minnow suspended by a bobber; look for submerged timber. Carp can also give anglers a fight here; try dough balls and nightcrawlers. For bluegill, fish around the lily pads using small worms, crickets or insect larvae. Electric motors only..

NORTHWEST OHIO

Delta Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) - This 50-acre reservoir is located 1 1/2 miles west of SR 109 on County Road H and features a lot of structure to attract fish. Boat anglers have been catching limits of rainbow trout using small minnows on slip bobbers; try 15 feet down in 30 feet of water. Flavor-infused baits and small spinners should also produce trout. The reservoir has a boat ramp but boaters are restricted to using electric motors only.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - This fishery is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegill. All area lakes are open to public fishing on Fridays through Mondays until July 29. No more than 15 sunfish may be kept per day for all lakes and no more than 5 of these may be 8-plus inches. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish but finding it difficult to catch the fish less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18-plus inches to keep, with a daily bag limit of 5. For additional rules and information, visit the Division’s webpage at wildohio.com.

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) - This 15-acre lake located on CR 11, just 1/2 mile south of CR 424, should be producing nice bluegill the next two months; the best fishing is usually along the shoreline, using wax worms under a slip bobber. There is a public use boat ramp available but boats are restricted to 10-HP motors. In addition, there is a 10-fish daily limit on bluegill and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - The offshore bass bite was good last week, with schooling largemouths chasing gizzard shad providing excellent periods of fishing; anglers have been catching good numbers of them with rattle baits and deep-diving crankbaits. Shoreline bass action has been good as well, with anglers using top-water baits and soft plastics. Offshore, yellow perch fishing has improved lately; target the 10- to 15-foot depths with pin-mins tipped with wax worms for these delicious pan fish. The night bite has heated up for catfish; try chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or shad fished off the bottom for a good shot at a Fish Ohio trophy.

Nimisila Lake (Summit County) - Largemouth bass have been biting well around lily pads and offshore weed beds; soft jerk-baits have been producing numbers, with the exceptionally clear water demanding natural colors. Bluegill and sunfish are available in similar areas and can be caught readily on wax worms under a bobber. Shoreline anglers have been catching catfish on chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) - Anglers looking for largemouth bass have many opportunities in this 3,060-acre lake; try a white-colored lure in a jig-n-pig combo or a spinner bait where known structure occurs, both underwater and above. For those who want to get up early or stay out late, try casting top-water lures and buzz baits during low-light hours. Muskie anglers can also find many opportunities for fish in this popular lake; trolling or casting using traditional large muskie lures or the smaller 3- to 5-inch shad-imitation lures can produce results.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) - Anglers should have success catching good numbers of catfish throughout with cut baits or livers fished off the bottom; if fishing from shore, try a tight-line using chicken livers or nightcrawlers. You should still be able to catch trout using power baits fished off the boardwalk pier. Largemouth bass may still be caught in good numbers using a variety of artificial lures.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Indian Lake (Logan County) - The best fishing action has been early in the morning and in the evening. For saugeye, try trolling with a Rat-L-Trap or Shad-Rap; anglers are reporting slow fishing from the shore. Bluegill have moved off of the banks and are hitting around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, cut shad and nightcrawlers.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland/Ross counties) - Crappie are hitting along banks and around downed trees; anglers should fish in 4-11 feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in 4-10 feet of water. Bluegill are hitting wax worms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

OHIO RIVER

Scioto County - Anglers in the past have had success fishing the Ohio River at the confluence of the Scioto River. Channel catfish are always a popular species to catch this time of year; try chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished tight-line off the bottom. Target flathead catfish by using live skipjacks or shad. Some hybrid-striped bass may also be caught using white jigs with twisters tipped with a minnow.

Western River counties (Hamilton/Clermont/Brown/Adams) - Flatheads can be caught on chicken livers fished with no weight at drop-offs of 15-20 feet.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was good over the past week; the best areas were north of West Sister Island, south of Middle Sister Island along the Canadian border, “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range and Northwest Reef (west of North Bass Island). Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons, drifters using worm harnesses with bottom-bouncers or casting mayfly rigs. … Yellow perch fishing was good over the past week. The best areas have been 1 mile north of Metzger’s Marsh, “C” can of the Camp Perry firing range, between Rattlesnake Island and West Reef, around Starve Island and around Gull Island Shoal; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … 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.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border, in 69-72 feet of water northwest of Ashtabula and in 70-72 feet of water northwest of the Conneaut; a few fish are also being caught in 34-40 feet north of Wildwood State Park. Anglers are trolling dipsy- and jet-divers with worm harnesses and yellow, orange, pink, green and purple spoons. … Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 36 feet north of Gordon Park, in 37-38 feet north of Wildwood State Park, in 41-47 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 42-45 feet northeast of the Geneva and in 44-50 feet northwest of the Conneaut. Shore anglers are catching a few fish off the East 55 Street Pier in Cleveland and the short pier on the Grand River; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15-25 feet around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Largemouth bass are also being caught in the same areas; anglers are using soft-craws and leeches. … White bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach and Sims Park in Euclid and the short pier in Fairport Harbor using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … Channel catfish has been very good along the Grand River are using chicken livers and large chubs. … The water temperature is 71 degrees off of Toledo and 65 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. … Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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Barn Owls making a comeback in Ohio

COLUMBUS — Barn owls are making a comeback in Ohio and more people every year have the pleasure of witnessing these beautiful birds, according to the ODNR. The Division of Wildlife is seeking reports from people who have seen barn owls.

Reporting sightings of barn owls helps ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists estimate how many live in Ohio. This information benefits conservation efforts by tracking where and how the owls live. If people believe a barn owl is living near them, they are encouraged to call the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This species is easily identified by its white, heart-shaped face, large black eyes and golden-brown and gray back. Adult barn owls communicate with shrieks and hissing-like calls and the calls of young barn owls begging their parents for food are often heard on late summer nights. Finding pellets is another indication that barn owls may be living nearby. Pellets are regurgitated bones and fur of their food.

Small rodents living in hayfields and pastures are a barn owl’s main food source. A pair of barn owls and their young can eat more than 1,000 rodents in a year. As their name suggests, these birds find shelter in barns or other dark buildings, like silos. These buildings provide a safe place for them to rest during the day and to raise their young.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife has provided shelter for barn owls since 1988 by placing nest boxes on more than 400 barns. Nest boxes provide an opportunity for them to nest in barns they could not otherwise enter. This program has successfully increased barn owl populations in Ohio. The number of nests has increased from 19 in 1988 to more than 100 in 2012. Biologists believe many nest in areas other than these boxes.

Go to wildohio.com for more information about barn owls.

 

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