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CJ Brown Fishing Report

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are hitting the spillway after recent storms to catch saugeyes and crappies. Try crankbaits in various sizes for the best bite. Some muskies are also being caught on the main lake. Target areas with woody cover.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are trolling Flicker Shads and stick baits on the north end of the lake and picking up some saugeyes. Fish have been in anywhere from five to 10 feet of water. Some catfish are also in the mix. Fishermen are also concentrating efforts at Seller’s Point and Lieb’s Island and picking up some saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.

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Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Anglers fishing topwater baits are catching some largemouth bass, according to reports. Water is high due to recent sustained rains, but some lucky fishermen have had success fishing topwater frogs and other baits. For saugeyes, anglers are trolling Flicker Shads in a variety of colors to pull in fish up to 20 inches.

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeye anglers are finding fish near Chippewa by trolling Flicker Shad in a variety of patterns. Most of the saugeyes have been between 15 and 20 inches. Concentrate efforts in shallower water, between five and 10 feet deep, anglers report.

Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are the most popular gamefish in this lake. Fishing with tubes, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover can be very productive this time of year. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to keep. Crappies are still being caught in nine to 10 feet of water next to woody cover. Channel catfish are being caught lakewide using cut shad and shrimp.

Big Darby Creek (Franklin, Madison counties) – A float trip or wading a creek on summer days is a great time to stream fish in central Ohio. Smallmouth bass can be caught using crankbaits that simulate crayfish or on plastic tubes and creature baits. Target pools, current eddy, and where a riffle transitions into a pool. Rock bass are fun to catch and plentiful in Ohio streams. This aggressive fish is often caught while fishing for smallmouth bass. Others species available to catch include crappie, carp, saugeye, and catfish.

Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) – Largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and sunfish are all active now in this western Champaign County lake. Largemouth bass up to 5 pounds can be caught around aquatic vegetation and wood using plastics and crankbaits. For hybrid striped bass, chicken liver fished on the bottom can be productive. Sunfish are found throughout the lake. Try nightcrawlers, waxworms, or crickets under a bobber for relaxing summer fishing. Using a fly rod for sunfish can be a fun and challenging way to catch fish. No motors allowed.

Delaware Lake (1017 acres; Delaware County) – Crappies are starting to move to deeper areas with cover as the water temperature warms; try fishing drop-offs with stumps or other wood. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, especially in the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover, riprap, and secondary drop-offs with crankbaits, tubes, and creature baits. Largemouth bass must be 12 inches or longer to keep.

Northwest Region

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) – Anglers fishing for perch and walleyes haven’t done much good recently, but a few surprise channel catfish are showing up in the creel. Catfish are biting on the same baits that one would use to catch walleyes and perch – jigs tipped with a minnow or straight minnow on a hook under a bobber.

Delta Reservoir No. 2 (Fulton County) – This 50-acre reservoir is 1½ miles west of State Route 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 fishing 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 bluegills. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish, but finding it difficult to catch fish less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length to keep, with a daily bag limit of five fish. For additional rules and information, visit the Division of Wildlife’s web page at

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) – This 15-acre lake on County Road 11, just ½ mile south of County Road 424, should be producing nice bluegills the next two months. The best fishing is usually along the shoreline, using waxworms fished under a slip bobber. There is a public use boat ramp available, but boats are restricted to 10-horsepower motors. In addition, there is a 10-fish daily limit on bluegills and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake.

Upper Sandusky Reservoirs #1 and 2 (32 and 118 acres; Wyandot County) – Bluegills have been biting on red worms in the afternoons and early evenings at Upper Sandusky #1. The best location has been the south side of the reservoir. At Upper Sandusky #2, large bluegills, seven to eight inches, are being taken using 1⁄16-ounce jigs tipped with waxworms. The best locations have been the weed edges along the drop-offs near the beach and the southeast corner of the reservoir, although catches have been good over the entire reservoir. Largemouth bass anglers are also picking up nice largemouth bass while fishing for sunfish.

Lake McKarns (70 acres; Williams County) – Largemouth bass have been biting in the evenings. Anglers are having the best success fishing the top two feet of the water column using plastic worms and crankbaits at the south end. Crappies have been biting at the west end on jigs and minnows under slip bobbers. The lake features a boat ramp, and boats are limited to 10-horsepower engines.

Sandusky Bay (Sandusky, Ottawa, Erie counties) – Channel catfish are being caught using nightcrawlers and shrimp fished on the bottom. Fishing accesses include Willow Point, Bay Bridge, and downtown Sandusky.

Auglaize River (Defiance County) – Crappie anglers fishing at the Defiance Power dam have been catching nice size crappies near the base of the dam. Try fishing with minnows under slip bobbers.

Northeast Region

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – Anglers fishing this reservoir are having success catching panfish. Bluegills are being caught in areas of the lake containing blowdowns. Fish minnows under a bobber for the best bite. Some crappies and yellow perch are also being caught in about 10 feet of water, fishing halfway down the water column. Waxworms have been a productive bait as well. Some channel cats are also being caught.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers fishing on the north side of the causeway are catching panfish in bunches. Try using a floating jig tipped with a minnow. Some walleyes are also being caught by fishermen trolling blade baits such as Vib-Es. Fish have ranged anywhere from 15 to 20 inches. Some incidental channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers. Other anglers are trolling worm harnesses outside of weed beds for walleyes. Some catfish anglers have caught shovelheads on the north side of the lake.

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