OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Division of Wildlife
Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!
Big Darby Creek (Franklin/Madison/Pickaway counties) - In summer weather, creeks and rivers can provide action. Smallmouth bass: Casting small crankbaits or plastics resembling crayfish or shiners can be rewarding; target boulders, shoreline cover, where pools meet riffles and current eddies. Rock bass: Can be caught using the same techniques as smallmouths; other game fish present are bluegill, carp, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, saugeye and sauger.
Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) - This lake is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass (good population): Try plastics, top-water baits and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side. Crappie: Become more active as the water cools this fall; try minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover. Bluegill: Fish aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms for good results; fly fishing is a good way to learn this fishing technique.
Outhwaite Reservoir, Bucyrus Reservoir #4 (160 acres; Crawford County) - Bluegill: Are being caught on the east side; try maggots or wax worms. Yellow perch: Are being caught with maggots a few feet above a sinker on the bottom. There is no motor-size restriction but a “No-Wake” zone exists throughout the reservoir.
Sandusky River (Sandusky County) - Longnose Gar: Have been biting on minnows fished under bobbers below the Ballville Dam during the day. Catfish: Have been biting below the Ballville Dam using any of the common catfish baits during the day and night.
Mogadore Reservoir (1,104 acres; Portage County) - Fishing from shore is somewhat limited but the entire reservoir is available for boat fishing; outward motors are limited to electric only. Largemouth bass: Biting well on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms; target deep weedlines. Catfish: Cut shad remains as a top bait for channel catfish, which run big here. Sunfish: Try wax worms under a bobber near shore.
Spencer Lake (50 acres; Medina County) - Boats are restricted to electric motors only. Catfish: The bite has been consistent at night; use a variety of baits — chicken liver, nightcrawlers, shiners and cut shad — on the bottom with the peak bites happening after dusk. Sunfish: Use small hooks or pin-mins baited with wax worms fished under a float.