Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappie fishing is hot. Just like the old days, Grand Lake is one of the state’s best spots to catch crappies. When the ice went off, crappies were biting in the channels on jigs and minnows. Many keepers (9 inches plus) are being taken. Catfish are biting on minnows, nightcrawlers and cut shad. A few walleyes have been caught in Beaver Creek.
Lake Loramie: Plenty of crappies are being caught around lily pad stems and bridges. Most have been small, but there are keepers mixed in. Anglers are using chartreuse or pink jigs and minnows. Some nice bluegills are hitting waxworms. Channel cats and bullheads have been biting on tiger worms. Saugeyes are in the creek, being caught on chartreuse or black twisters, leeches or bass minnows.
Indian Lake: Saugeye fishing has started. The best action has been off of the south bank and into the “donut harbor.” Crappie fishing has also been hot. Some good catches have been reported from the old game reserve, Moundwood, behind Spend-A-Day and at the Fox Island bridge. Waxworms and minnows have been the best crappie baits. Saugeyes have been hitting Vibe-E’s and minnows. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers, cut shad and chicken liver.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Crappie fishing has been good around the marina. Anglers are using ice jigs tipped with waxworms or minnows. One lucky fisherman was crappie fishing in the creek north of the lake when an 8-pound walleye hit his minnow. He was able to reel it in and land the unexpected treat. Catfish have been hitting nightcrawlers all over the lake.
Clark Lake: The action is still heavy for rainbow trout stocked on March 28. Some 2,500 small rainbows – 10-14 inches in length – are being caught on minnows, prepared trout baits and corn. A few crappies have been caught on minnows.
Paint Creek Lake: The water is rising and the crappie fishing has been excellent. Look for wood and fish in shallow water with small jigs, minnows or Bobby Garland Baby Shad. For bass, work the points with black/blue jigs or jig-n-pig. Channel cats are hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad. Below the dam, anglers are catching saugeyes on chartreuse/red fleck twisters and crappies on minnows.
Rocky Fork Lake: Bass fishing has picked up where it left off last fall. Work the channel banks and points with jigs or jig-n-pig. Crappies have been caught, but it’s been slower lately. Most are 9-12 feet deep, hitting minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Bluegills are starting to hit waxworms in the coves. On Saturday, a kids fishing derby will feature the stocking of 1,625 rainbow trout near the campground. Trout fishing will continue there for a couple of weeks.
Acton Lake: Good crappie fishing has been reported off of the points in 4-8 feet of water. Minnows and jigs have worked best. Bass are also off the points, hitting large minnows and jigs. A few saugeyes have been caught below the dam.
Rush Run Lake: Trout fishing continues to be hot with most moving into shallow water. Anglers are using minnows, waxworms and Powerbaits. Crappies have been hitting minnows. There are no limits on crappies caught from Rush Run.
Caesar Creek Lake: Fishing has been slow for crappies, bass and saugeyes. One angler reported catching 47 crappies from 30 feet deep water. A number of musky fishermen have been trolling and casting, but no results have been reported.
Cowan Lake: There has been very little activity due to the cold weather. A few crappies have been caught on the north side of the lake in about 2 feet of water.
Lake Erie: Walleyes have been caught by trolling crankbaits near “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range and also around Green Island. Rapala deep husky jerks have been the most consistent crankbait. Jigging has been slow as the cold water has delayed spawning activity.
Maumee River: The walleye run is in full swing and a number of anglers have been taking advantage of large numbers of fish. The best area has been between Orleans Park and Ft. Meigs. The water level is slightly below normal, so wading to Bluegrass Island is possible. Check conditions and results at wildohio.com or maumeetackle.net.
Sandusky River: The water level is down, but a fair number of walleyes have been caught. The best spot has been close to the Miles Newton Bridge. Check wildohio.com.