CLEVELAND - Variety is the name of the game on Ohio waters. There's a little bit of something for everyone. Whether it's bass, walleye, catfish, panfish, or perch, you can find them biting someplace close, right now. Let's take a look at what's being caught around the Buckeye State.
Yellow perch are cooperating from the western basin to the central basin. Walleye are hit or miss, depending on where you're fishing.
The Port Clinton head boat fleet reports fair walleye catches. Most of the fish are being taken northwest of North Bass Island to the Canadian border. Gold is the go-to color. Some walleye are also being taken off the reefs. Those fish are running 16 to 21 inches long. Shore-Nuf Charters and Fisherman's Wharf are both running yellow perch head boat trips. So far, the catches have been good. A lot of fair sized perch are being taken off Catawba and near Kelley's Island.
Craig Lewis at Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake tells us yellow perch fishing remains good in 41 to 50 feet of water off of Lorain and Avon Lake. Walleye are being caught deeper north of the line. Green, purple, and pink are the preferred lure and harness colors. Steelhead are being caught, too. They've schooled up on the thermocline at about 45 feet. Large silver spoons will take them.
In the waters off Cleveland, yellow perch continue to bite. Shine's reports good catches being made in 40 feet of water from Edgewater to Bratenahl. Walleye fishing has been slow, Breakwall fishermen are taking white bass and some white perch, but not in great numbers.
Good yellow perch catches are being reporte on the Linda Mae out of Wildwood. The folks at Wildwood Marina tell us the perch are running big, too. They're fishing off of Euclid in 35 to 40 feet of water. Closer to shore, breakwall fishermen at Wildwood are taking good numbers of white bass on small spoons
Out in Fairport Harbor, Don at Harbor Bait and Tackle tells us the perch bite is excellent in 48 to 52 feet of water.t Walleye fishing has improved, especially right before dusk. Trollers are taking in the 42 foot range on nightcrawler harnesses. Some smallmouth are being caught in rocky areas closer to shore on tube jigs.
Further east, yellow perch are hitting emerald shiners in 41 to 50 feet of water from Perry to Ashtabula. Walleye fishing is hit or miss, with some fish being caught in 60 feet of water on Reef Runners or spoons.
The largemouth bass bite remains hot at this chain of lakes south of Akron. Ron Slater at Portage Lakes Bait and Tackle says to work soft plastics near docks and deep weed edges early in the morning, and then again at dusk to improve your chances. Cranks and buzz baits will also produce. The top lakes for bass have been East Reservoir, Rex, Long, and Turkeyfoot. Panfishing has been excellent, with bluegills plentiful in three to 10 feet of water in all of the lakes. If you can mark them on a fishfinder, yellow perch are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in East Reservoir on minnows. Some crappie are being taken with them. Channel catfish are hitting everywhere. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers are the top producers.
Channel cats are hitting on chicken livers, cut bait, and stink bait at this popular impoundment in Green in southern Summit County. Largemouth bass continue to cooperate, too. Good numbers are being taken at sunrise and at sundown. Top water lures, soft plastics, and spinner baits are your best bets. You'll find bass in the pad beds and along deep weed edges. Panfishing is good. Plenty of bluegills and sunfish are being caught, though size is only fair.
Mark at Mark's Bait and Tackle in Ravenna reports musky are being taken by trollers fishing near the dam and on the edges of the river channel near the islands. Channel cats are hitting chicken livers, cut bait, and nightcrawlers. Good numbers of bass are being caught on soft plastics and spinner baits fished near weed edges. The walleye bite has tapered off, though a few fish are being taken.
Les's Bait and Tackle tells us channel catfish are hitting practically everywhere on chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or cut bait. Walleye fishing has been fair. Some fish are being taken on deep diving cranks or nightcrawler harnesses fished in the area of the humps between the railroad bridge and the Route 224 bridge. Plenty of white bass are being taken by trollers fishing for walleye. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has been slow.
Trollers using Flicker Shads, Hot-N-Tots, and Shad Raps are catching walleye in the river channel from the I-76 Bridge to the causeway. The fish are deeper, in the 15 to 22 foot range. The smallmouth bass bite has slowed, though largemouth are cooperating. Soft plastics and spinner baits are taking fish near submerged structure and on the deep side of weed beds.
Kathy at Mosquito Lake Marina tells us largemouth bass are hitting soft plastics, jigs, and crankbaits near deep structure and along the deep edges of weed beds. Channel cats are everywhere.
Further up the lake, the folks at Causeway Sporting Goods report walleye are being caught along the creek channel by trollers pulling Shad Raps and Flicker Shads. Some crappie and yellow perch are being caught by drifters in eight to 12 feet of water on minnows or waxworms.
Yellow perch and channel catfish have been keeping anglers busy at this popular Ashtabula County reservoir. Duck and Drake tells us perch are being caught on nightcrawlers fished in 12 to 15 feet of water near weed beds on the south side. Channel cats are being caught all around the lake on nightcrawlers or minnows. Some walleye are being caught, but the bite has slowed for them.
Charles Mill & Pleasant Hill
The wipers (white bass/striped bass hybrids) have turned on at this lake between Ashland and Mansfield. Dusty at Mifflin Lakes Trading Post says to cast Twister Tails and Rooster Tails to catch them. Chicken livers will work for the wipers, too. Look for them chasing schools of baitfish near the surface. Channel cats and flathead cats are also hitting well. A 36 pound flathead was caught in the past week. Shrimp, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers are the preferred baits for the channels, live shiners, shad, or bluegills for the flatheads. Some saugeye are being caught in the evening below the dam on minnows fished on the bottom or under bobbers.
Just to the south, some saugeye are being caught off the beach at Pleasant Hill Reservoir. Crankbaits or nightcrawler harnesses trolled in deeper water will take fish. White bass are also cooperating. Decent catches of smallmouth and largemouth bass are being reported off of points and around submerged structure.
Bob Nemeth at Chippewa Lake Bait and Tackle says worms or waxworms under a bobber will take panfish. Some bass are being caught. Soft plastics or live minnows will produce. Catfish have been taking nightcrawlers and chicken livers, and are being caught in good numbers. One note: This lake gets a lot of pleasure boating traffic, so your best bet is to fish it early.
Cleveland Metro Parks
The Rocky River is running close to normal. Tube jigs and crayfish imitation will take smallmouth bass. Most of the Metro Parks lakes are providing good Panfish catches. Wallace Lake has been a consistent producer.
Red's Columbiana reports muddy conditions on the Ohio River below the New Cumberland Dam. Some sauger are being taken on jigs and minnows fished on the bottom. Good numbers of channel catfish have been taken there, too. Cut bait, shrimp, and live bluegills are the baits of choice.
The bass bite is fantastic at this Portage County impoundment. Soft plastics, spinner baits, and crankbaits are taking fish. Bluegills and redears are hitting. Look for them in the seven to 10 foot range. They will take wax worms and maggots. The north end of the lake, and the Lansinger Road area have been best for the panfish. Channel catfish are hitting all over the lake. Nightcrawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers will catch fish.
Good catches of panfish are being reported from this reservoir in Geauga County. Waxworms, maggots, and red worms are the preferred baits. Bass fishing is good. Drop offs and deep weed edges have been productive. The walleye bite has tapered off.
Channel cats are cooperating. Nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers are the baits of choice. Some saugeyer are being taken by trollers. Largemouth bass have been hitting soft plastics and crankbaits fished near submerged structure and timber. Smallmouth fishing is slow.
Atwood Lake Boats, Marina East tells us some saugeye are being taken on nightcrawler harnesses if you can locate fish. They'll be holding tight to the bottom in 12 to 20 feet of water. Bass are being caught around submerged structure. Soft plastics, cranks, and spinner baits will work. The channel catfish bite is hot. They are taking chicken liver or cut bait everywhere in the lake.
Musky are being taken by trollers pulling large cranks near the dam. The saugeye bite has cooled off, though some are being taken on nightcrawler harnesses fished along drop offs in the dam area. Good numbers of channel cats are being made all around the lake on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Some largemouth bass have been taken along the deep edges of weeds. Smallmouth Bass are hitting crayfish, tube jigs, and crankbaits on rocky points.
The upper stretch that runs through Firestone Metro Park above Long Lake has been producing good numbers of yellow perch. Fish the deeper pools with minnows or nightcrawlers. Large panfish are also being taken in those pools. From Canal Fulton to Dover, good catches of northern pike are being made. Some smallmouth are also being taken. Catfishing has been good from Clinton to Dover. Cut bait and nightcrawlers will produce.
Gone Fishing Bait and Tackle in Cuyahoga Falls tells us it's slowed down, though some catches of crappie and bass are being made in the area around Munroe Falls. Pike fishing is slwo. Decent panfish catches are being made.
Good catches of yellow perch are coming from this Portage County Lake. Minnows fished near the bottom in 12 to 15 feet of water will take fish. Panfish are also cooperating on waxworms, maggots, and red worms. The largemouth bite has been good in the morning. Spinner baits and soft plastics will produce. Some walleye are being taken.
Excellent catfish catches are being made at this Portage County reservoir. They're taking nightcrawlers, minnow, chicken livers, and cut bait. Good catches of largemouth bass are being taken on spinner baits and soft plastics. Big bluegills are cooperating near the causeway.
Cheshire Market in Galena reports saugeye are being taken by drifting or trolling nightcrawler harnesses. Crappie have improved and are hitting minnows deep. Bass fishing has been fair, with some being caught off of deep weed edges using jigs, soft plastics, and spinner baits. Good catches of channel cats are being made on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.
Some saugeye are being taken by trollers at this lake near Columbus, though size has been an issue. Nighcrawler harnesses trolled or drifted will take fish. Good catches of white bass are being made on spinners and on minnows. Channel cats are hitting cut bait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.
There are fair catches for Panfish from this Stark County Lake, though they are running small. If you are looking for a great place to introduce a child to the great sport of fishing, Sippo is a good location. It offers a nice fishing pier, boat rentals, a bait shop, and a snack bar. Bass, catfish, crappies, and white perch can also be caught.
The morning bass bite has been excellent. Largemouth are taking soft plastics near the weeds for them. Big sunfish are being reported. They will take wax worms, maggots, and red worms. The fish can be found in five to eight feet of water.
The panfish action at this lake near Wellington is hot.. Good numbers of fair sized bluegills are being made in four to eight feet of water on red worms. Some largemouth bass are also in the mix on soft plastics.
Looking ahead, the Berkley Fishing Team will be putting on another kids fishing derby. This time it will be at the Magnolia Canal Days Festival on August 10th at the Stark County Park District's Whitacre-Greer Park. It is a special event that let's families bond over fishing. The event runs from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. that day. For more information, you can check out the Berkley Fishing Team's website at www.berkleyfishingteam.com/schedule.html .
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