Brace yourself for some rainy fishing in the coming days. The weather is going to turn noticeably wetter and cooler, and that could have a big impact on angling prospects. The colder weather could turn off fish.
Right now, Crappies are cooperating around northeast Ohio. The spring Crappie bite will probably continue for another week, or so, rain or not.. Preferred baits for the "slabs" are minnows under a float, jigs, and small spinners. Your best bets to find the tasty panfish are Mogadore Reservoir, The Portage Lakes, Mosqiuto Creek Reservoir, Berlin Reservoir, and the East Harbor area of Lake Erie.
The rain is definitely going to affect the tail end of the White Bass run on Lake Erie rivers. The Sandusky and Maumee Rivers are still giving up fair catches of White Bass. The occasional Walleye is still being takeng, too.
More Fishing Around The Region
Speaking of Walleyes, the bite is picking up on Lake Erie, as well as at inland lakes. Lake Milton, Berlin, Mosquito, and Pymatuning Reservoir are all producing. Trolling crankbaits and minnow-style plugs, and jigging are the methods taking fish. Trolling or drifting nightcrawler rigs and spinners tipped with crawlers is also taking fish. Some shore fishermen are taking Walleyes after dark along Lake Erie breakwalls. They're casting diving plugs.
Panfish are becoming more active. Mogadore is a good spring producer. Big Redears are being taken there, along with Crappies and Yellow Perch. The Portage Lakes and some of the ponds in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as the Cleveland Metro Parks Lakes are also good places to try to Bluegills and Sunfish. Maggots and waxworms are the preferred baits.
Largemouth Bass are being caught on plastic worms and crank baits around northeast Ohio. The top producing lakes, so far, have been Berlin Reservoir and the Portage Lakes, especially Turkeyfoot and Rex Lakes in that chain. Many anglers targeting Crappies have also been picking up bass. Remember, at this time of the year many Bass are spawning. Practicing catch and release during the spawn is a good way to ensure good numbers of fish for the future. The Cleveland Metro Parks Lakes are also providing decent catches of Largemouths.
Smallmouth Bass are becoming more cooperative, too. Excellent catches are being made at Lake Milton,Berlin, in the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers, and in Sandusky Bay. The Lake Erie Smallmouth bite is just starting. Jigging, spinners, and cranks should produce.
More catches of catfish are being made. The water is warming and that's making the catfish bite pick up, too. For Channel Catfish, try the Portage Lakes or any of the big impoundments around northeast Ohio. Looking for Flatheads? Then make the trip to Piedmont or Tappan Reservoirs to the southeast of Canton.
If you want to give a Catfish tournament a try, Long Lake Bait on the Portage Lakes is holding the first of several spring/summer Catfish tournaments this weekend. It starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $15. The biggest Channel or Flathead Catfish takes top prize. Call 330-245-6114 for more information.
Fishermen are taking good numbers of Saugeye from Pleasant Hill Reservoir near Mansfield. Trolling crank baits, especially Flicker Shads seem to be the key. There are also a good number of Saugeye being caught in the tailwater below Charles Mill Dam. Floating a minnow below a bobber is a good way to trigger Saugeye bites at Charles Mill.
Some Yellow Perch are being taken from Lake Erie off of Cleveland, Euclid, and Avon Lake. Emerald Shiners fished near the bottom are catching some fish. While the numbers are still small, the fish being caught are of good size. Inland, good catches of Perch are being reported at Mogadore, and from the Tuscarawas above Long Lake in the Firestone Metro Park in Akron. Minnows, worms, and small jigs will take fish. Some of the upground reservoirs found around northern Ohio are also good places to try for Yellow Perch. Willard Reservoir is a consistent producer.
This report will be updated periodically through the week. We would like to hear from you about your catches, and see them, too. Feel free to email me photos of the fish you catch to Noleff@wews.com .
Include your name, age, where you are from, the species of fish, and where and how you caught it. We might share them in our online reports, and maybe even on the air on NewsChannel5. Also, feel free to email me questions, comments, tips, and even fish recipes. And always remember to check back here often for updated northeast Ohio fishing information.