OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Division of Wildlife
NORTHWEST OHIO
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Reservoir (241 acres; Wyandot County) – Crappie: Have been biting on minnows. The best location has been south of the boat ramp; the best time has been mid-day. Channel catfish: Should be biting this month; try along the south and east shores using nightcrawlers or cut baits tight-lined on the bottom, or just off the bottom using slip bobbers for the best results. There is a 10-HP limit here. Note: Anglers should be aware the water level has been lowered because dirt from the dam has shown signs of slipping; the low water levels have exposed hazards for boaters. The unmarked hazards include both submerged and exposed posts and rocks, which may be difficult to see depending on conditions; boaters should remain vigilant.


Van Wert Reservoirs #1/#2 (61/100 acres; Van Wert County) – Bluegill: Should be biting here this time of year; try fishing 5-7 feet deep using wax worms under a bobber. The mornings and evenings are usually the best times. At Van Wert #1, try the southeast bank; at Van Wert #2, try along the east bank. Boats are permitted; however, boaters must obtain a permit from the City of Van Wert.
Grand Lake St. Marys (12,680 acres; Mercer County) – Channel catfish: Night-time is the best opportunity using nightcrawlers, cut bait and/or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Largemouth bass: Late night and early morning are bes; try spinner baits fished in coves and along docks.
LAKE ERIE
The daily bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … Through Aug. 31, the trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The daily bag limit for black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 5; minimum size limit is 14 inches.
Western Basin
Walleye: Fishing has been good north of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, west and north of “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range, around northwest reef and west of Rattlesnake Island. Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers or bottom-bouncers and spoons pulled behind divers; casters are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom-bouncers and worm harnesses.
Yellow Perch: Fishing has been good just off Turtle Island, between Green and Rattlesnake islands and from Marblehead to Kelleys Island; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most.
Smallmouth Bass: Are being caught north of Kelleys Island, around South Bass Island and around Marblehead on tube jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits.
Largemouth Bass: Are being caught in the harbors and bays and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.
Central Basin
Walleye: Fishing has been good off Sawmill Creek, at the dumping grounds off both Huron and Lorain, at the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain — including the weather buoy near the Canadian border — in 50-60 feet northeast of Rocky River and in 60 feet north of Cleveland; excellent fishing has been reported in 56-72 feet north-northeast of Geneva and in 70-74 feet north of Ashtabula using planer boards, Dipsy- and Jet-divers with worm harnesses, spoons and stick baits.
Yellow perch: Anglers are catching some perch in 30-40 feet north of both Gordon Park and Wildwood Park; excellent fishing has been reported in 48-51 feet north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 54-70 feet north of Conneaut. Shore fishing has been spotty off the East 55th/East 72nd streets piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing has been excellent in 17-22 feet around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using drop-shot rigs with tube baits, leeches and soft craws.
White bass: Anglers fishing from boats are catching them north of Cleveland, Eastlake and Fairport Harbor in 20-40 feet; watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and they will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers shore fishing are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake and the Grand River, with the evenings the best time. Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
Channel Catfish: Fishing has slowed down along the Grand River; successful anglers are using nightcrawlers and large chubs.
Temperature: The Lake Erie water temperature is 72 degrees off Toledo and 72 degrees off Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
OHIO RIVER
Belleville Dam tail waters (Meigs County) – Channel catfish: Summer is a great time to catch them on the river; minnows, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and cut bait fished on the bottom have been the most popular baits. Fish in the 10- to 15-pound range have been caught in previous years here; places along the shoreline and walkways generally yield fish, especially near the dam. Hybrid striped bass: Fishing should be excellent right now; try spoons, top-water or ¼-oz. jigs in the tailwater section during the early morning or evening.