Mosquito Creek Lake Fishing Report
Griggs Reservoir (387 acres; Franklin County) – This 361-acre lake in Columbus offers shorefishing access on the east side of the lake. Largemouth bass are hitting right now; try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along riprap and cover for the best results. Crappies are still being found in shallow water around woody cover. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber fished right in the cover. Carp are large and plentiful in this lake. Use prepared baits and dough balls.
Rush Creek Lake (289 acres; Fairfield, Perry counties) – Use plastic worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits around shoreline cover and standing trees for largemouth bass. Crappies are beginning to move to deeper woody cover in four to 10 feet of water. Minnows and a slip bobber work best. This lake has a good channel catfish population; fish with cut bait or chicken liver. There is a 10-horsepower limit at Rush Creek Lake.
Buckeye Lake (2, 847 acres; Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – For largemouth bass, use crankbaits, tubes, and creature baits around Clouse Cove and Cranberry Marsh; also fish any riprap or woody cover. For hybrid striped bass, try using chicken livers on the north shore from Seller’s Point to the north boat ramp. For bluegill, fish the eastern side of the lake using small worms and larval baits beneath a bobber; the bite is picking up. Crappies measuring seven to 12 inches can be taken using minnows suspended by a bobber from shoreline areas that have submerged cover. This is one of the region’s top lakes for carp; try prepared baits and dough balls fished on the bottom.
Kokosing River (Knox County) – Ohio’s first water trail, this scenic river in Knox County offers paddlers and anglers access to 28 miles of river fishing. Smallmouth bass and rock bass can be caught on small crankbaits, tubes, and jigs. Sunfish, crappies, and catfish are present and offer good fishing. Maps and information are available from the Ohio DNR at www.ohiodnr.com.
Van Wert Reservoir #2 (65 acres; Van Wert County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers using minnows fished under a slip bobber. The fish have been in the eight- to 10-inch range. Boats are permitted on the reservoir; however, no boat ramp is available. Boats must obtain a permit from the city of Van Wert.
Delta Reservoirs #1 and #2 (39 and 50 acres; Fulton County) – Bluegills have been moving into the shallows to spawn. Try using waxworms or a fly rod with wet flies. Boats are limited to electric motors.
Scioto River (Hardin County) – Channel catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers. Access the river at the bridge at County Road 245.
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) – Nice catches of largemouth bass are being taken using tube jigs fished through weed beds. The best colors have been motor oil and crawfish. Most fish are in the 15- to 20-inch range. The best fishing has been in the shallow areas on the south and east sides of the reservoir. Boats are allowed on the reservoir with electric motors only.
Bresler Reservoir (582 acres; Allen County) – Crappies are being caught in the southwest corner of the reservoir by the pump house. Jigs or minnows fished under a slip bobber have been working great. A few anglers reported catching fish between 9 and 10 a.m. Boats are allowed on the reservoir with electric motors only.
Berlin Lake (3, 321 acres; Stark, Portage, Mahoning counties) – Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio at the junction of Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties. The lake is on, and is accessible from, U.S. Route 224 and State Routes 14 and 225. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats at Berlin Lake during the day, but there is a 10 mph speed limit on the lake at night. For walleyes, focus on shallow areas near willows using small crawler harnesses and jig-and-crawler combinations. Walleye anglers are catching bonus catfish as well.
Portage Lakes (1, 190 acres; Summit County) – The Portage Lakes area is a few miles south of the City of Akron. They are bordered by State Route 224 on the north, County Road 50 on the east, State Route 93 on the west, and County Road 224 on the south. All lakes have a 400-horsepower limit. All areas are “no wake” except for portions of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir. Sunfish are shallow for the spawn, and fishing is hot. Try waxworms fished shallow below bobbers. Largemouth bass are recovering from the spawn and are beginning to bite well again. Fish soft plastics near boat docks or spinnerbaits near weedbeds.
Pymatuning Lake (16, 349 acres; Ashtabula County) – Pymatuning Lake is approximately one mile east of Andover, Ohio, and one mile north of Jamestown, Pennsylvania. State Route 85 (Ohio) bisects Pymatuning Lake’s northern and southern sections and becomes State Route 285 at the Pennsylvania border (which is approximately one mile east of Pymatuning Lake Road), which is near the middle of the two-mile bridge overlooking the lake. Five boat-launch ramps are available. A 20-horsepower motor limit is in effect. For white bass, focus efforts near the Route 85/285 causeway using inline spinners and jig and curly-tail combos. Bluegills are biting well at the upper end of the reservoir; use waxworms, maggots, or small worms on small hooks (#10 or smaller) or pin-mins under bobbers. Carp are also biting well at the upper end of the reservoir; fish nightcrawlers on the bottom.