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Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!


Knox Lake (Knox County) - Largemouth bass are being caught at this 481-acre lake in Knox County (they must be 18 inches or longer to harvest); target shoreline cover and the stump field in the east end of the lake using spinner baits, plastics and crankbaits. Channel catfish are biting on prepared baits and nightcrawlers; night is the best time. The crappie bite will increase as water temperatures decrease; use minnows and jigs around woody cover. Outboard motors greater than 10 HP must move at idle speeds with no wake.

Olentangy River (Delaware/Franklin counties) - Smallmouth bass and rock bass are two species that provide action on this river that runs through Columbus. The best angling can be found from Highbanks Metropark to the Delaware Lake dam; try spinners and crayfish-imitating crankbaits around rocks and other cover in pools and runs. Other fish present include crappie, saugeye, carp and channel catfish.


Maumee River (Lucas County) - As the summer heat begins to give way to cooler temperatures, crappie fishing should be picking up; minnows and jigs tipped with wax worms are the most popular ways to target these fish, especially targeting the marinas in downtown Toledo, but anywhere along the shoreline can be productive. Focus on areas with structure, such as trees in the water or overhanging brush. Boat anglers can find access ramps at Wallbridge and Cullen parks.

Shelby Reservoir #3 (Richland County) - Located northeast of the city of Shelby on London West Road, the entrance is about a half mile east of SR 61. Bluegill fishing should be picking up right now; try jigs tipped with wax worms or artificial bait under a slip bobber in 6-10 feet of water. Fishing is permitted daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Good populations of yellow perch, walleye and channel catfish can also be found here. There is a concrete boat ramp; however, gasoline motors are prohibited.


Northeast Ohio Reservoirs - Largemouth bass are biting well across the region, if your timing is right; target areas with visible baitfish activity looking for actively feeding bass. Experiment with aggressive reaction baits like crankbaits and rattle baits, or slower presentations like unweighted finesse worms or top-water baits, to determine the mood of the fish. When the action slows, target deeper water structure or dense cover with soft plastics or jigs.

Northeast Ohio Rivers - Along the same lines as above, smallmouth bass action has been really good in the region. Anglers are catching great numbers of smallmouth on many types of soft plastics, such as tubes, grubs and paddle tails. Two of the hotter rivers right now are the Chagrin River (Lake/Geauga/Cuyahoga counties) and the Tuscarawas River (Stark/Summit/Tuscarawas counties). Other rivers to consider smallmouth fishing are the Cuyahoga River, Little Beaver Creek and Rocky River.


AEP ReCreation Land (Morgan/Noble counties) - Largemouth bass fishing should start picking up as temperatures begin to cool; try black plastic worms during the daytime or top-water buzz baits during the night and early dusk. Bluegill and redear sunfish are popular due to the better-than-average size fish that can be found in most ponds and lakes; try the more secluded and isolated ponds for the best catches of big sunfish; a basic wax or meal worm fished on a #10-12 hook under a bobber should be sufficient. Sunfish can also be caught readily on small (1/32-1/64 oz.) twister jigs.

Scioto River/Ohio River (Scioto County) - Anglers looking for great catfish opportunities should give the Scioto River a try at the Ohio River confluence; the shore fish access adjacent to Alexandria Point Park in Portsmouth is a popular and productive location. Flathead, channel and blue catfish can be caught at this location this time of year by fishing cut shad and skipjack, as well as on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Hybrid-striped bass can also be caught this time of year using shad-imitation swim baits and occasionally chicken livers fished off the bottom.


Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) - Crappie fishing is heating up; anglers report success in brushy structure just off the bottom. Popular bait at the moment is triple-tip grubs, motor-oil color, tipped with a wax worm.

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish are biting on creek chubs or nightcrawlers fished along the bottom or between 8-19 feet during the late evening or early morning; fishing is productive anywhere in the lake. Bluegill are being caught using wax worms or nightcrawlers, especially along the banks. Saugeye are active here, particularly using nightcrawlers, bass minnows or jigs trolled through in water that is 8-10 feet deep.


Clermont County - Smallmouth bass fishing will begin to pick up as temperatures decrease and water levels increase. Anglers interested in smallmouths have done well casting into areas of current, especially rocky areas using a variety of artificial baits or minnows. Anglers have been catching 12- to 15-inch channel catfish by tight-lining off the shore using a hook and sinker baited with cut bait or nightcrawlers.


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 2 fish; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was best at the Gravel Pit (between West Sister Island and the Toledo harbor light), 3 miles off of Wild Wings marina, near “L” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range and W of Green Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons, drifters by casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms. … Yellow perch fishing was best at the Gravel Pit (between West Sister Island and the Toledo harbor light), 2 miles S of West Sister Island, near “A” and “B” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, the dumping grounds E of Marblehead, N of Kelleys Island, E of Kelleys Island Shoal and off of Cedar Point; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Largemouth and Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead and around Kelleys Island.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent in 72’ of water NE of Ashtabula and in 70’ of water N of Conneaut, especially trolling wire-line with white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, green and red stick baits. … Yellow perch fishing has been fair at the S end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Good fishing was reported in 45-50’ N of Edgewater Park and in 45-50’ N of Gordon Park. Fishing has been excellent in 53’ NW of Fairport Harbor (the hump), in 62’ N-NE of Ashtabula and in 62’ N of Conneaut; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow. … Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10-20’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using nightcrawlers, soft-craws, leeches and tube jigs. … White Bass fishing has been hit and miss off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the short and long piers in Fairport Harbor; evenings have been the best. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and East 55 Street piers in Cleveland in the evenings using nightcrawlers. … Steelhead Trout are being caught off the short Pier in Fairport Harbor using small spoons and jigs tipped with maggots. … The water temperature is 69 degrees off of Toledo and 69 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.


Family Outdoor Skills Day Sept. 21

XENIA — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a Family Outdoor Skills Day Sept. 21.

The event will feature shotgun, rifle, pellet gun and archery shooting activities and instruction. This family-friendly day will be held at Spring Valley Shooting Range in Greene County from noon to 5 p.m. All range fees are waived for the event participants and the equipment and ammunition will be provided.

The event provides an excellent opportunity for adults and youth alike to gain hands on training with archery and firearms at no charge from certified instructors at one of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges. The Outdoor Skills Day has been an annual event at the range since 2002 with about 125 participants taking part yearly. Certified instructors will be on hand to help teach safe and responsible shooting and handling techniques. The range complex at Spring Valley is handicap-accessible and offers public restrooms.

“By offering this day at the range we hope to provide an opportunity for families to come out and try various shooting sports without investing a lot of money, get certified instruction and to make a few memories as well,” said Scott Phillips, Spring Valley Area Manager.

The Spring Valley Range is located approximately eight miles south of Xenia and is just off of US Hwy 42. The street address is 3450 Houston Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068. For information or directions, please call the District Five office at (937) 372-9261 or Spring Valley Wildlife Area office (937) 488-3115, range (937) 862-5162.


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