Lake Loramie: Catfish and more catfish. They’re all over the lake, hitting nightcrawlers, chicken liver and bass minnows. A few crappies and bluegills have been picked up by boaters, mostly under bridges. Crappies, mostly small, are biting on minnows. Use waxworms on ice jigs to catch bluegills, some of which have been decent size.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Like most of the other lakes, catfish seem to be the focus of the anglers’ attention. They are hitting just about any place on the lake, mostly on nightcrawlers and chubs. A fisherman might also catch a small bluegill and use it for catfish bait. Bluegills can be found on seawalls, around wood. An occasional crappie might be caught on a minnow in deep water.
Indian Lake: The folks at the lake are gearing up for the annual catfish tournament, Aug. 4-7 and there are plenty of catfish being caught. Anglers are using nightcrawlers, cut shad, chubs, shrimp, chicken liver and skipjack. A few bluegills have been caught around docks on jigs tipped with waxworms. For more information on the catfish tournament, visit indianlake.com/catfish,
Paint Creek Lake: Crappie fishing isn’t great, but it’s not bad, either. The best action has been along channel banks in 6-10 feet of water. Look for stumps and laydowns and use minnows or Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Bass are also along the banks, going after black/blue jigs or green/pumpkin 6-inch worms. Fish the flats for catfish, using nightcrawlers or cut shad. Bluegills are hitting waxworms around stumps and brush. For white bass, fish early or late and watch for the jumps. In the spillway, catfish are hitting chicken liver and saugeyes are going after chartreuse twisters with red glitter.
Rocky Fork Lake: Bass anglers are using Carolina rigs along the banks or fishing at the edge of weed beds using drop shot rigs with bass minnows. They’re also using crankbaits and buzz baits along the edges of the weed beds. Saugeye fishing has slowed considerably, although a few have been picked up by trolling a Shad-Rap, Berkley Flicker Shad or a crawler harness around the island and in front of the south beach. Bluegills are in the brush, biting waxworms and redworms. Crappies are deep and scattered. Look for laydowns in water 7-10 feet deep.
Caesar Creek Lake: Saugeye fishing has slowed. You still might pick one up by dragging a crawler harness across the flats or around the island, but it’s not as productive as it was a couple of weeks ago. Fish for catfish where the creeks enter the lake. Use nightcrawlers, chicken liver, cut shad or chubs. Anglers have been using various plastic baits worked along shorelines around wood to catch bass.
Acton Lake: Anglers are catching plenty of catfish and a few crappies. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers, hotdogs and chicken. A couple of shovelheads were caught near the marina on chicken liver. For crappies, use minnows in deep water. For bass, try a topwater lure in the morning or evening.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Most of the action lately has involved trolling for walleyes over the humps and old roadbed. They’re using No. 7 Shad-Raps and picking up a crappie or two as well. Bass anglers are using deep-divers along the shore or using a Carolina rig with a Senko worm.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing has been improving but many fish are below the 15-inch size limit. The best locations have been off Magee Marsh, northwest of West Sister Island, near “F” and “G” buoys of the Camp Perry firing range, near Niagara Reef, west of Green Island and Rattlesnake Island and around Kelleys Island Shoal.
Yellow perch have been caught near the Toledo harbor light, near “B” can of the Camp Perry firing range, west of Rattlesnake Island, south of Ballast Island and south of Kelleys Island.
For Lake Erie information, call (888) HOOK-FISH or visit wildohio.gov.