OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Division of Wildlife
CENTRAL OHIO
Hargus Creek Lake (132 acres; Pickaway County) - Crappies are active in coves and around woody cover; use minnows or small jigs under a float. Sunfish: A good number of bluegill and redear sunfish, up to 8 inches, can be caught on wax worms in shallow areas. Largemouth bass: A large population of 12- to 15-inch bass inhabits this lake with fish more than 20 inches present. Largemouth bass can be caught on crankbaits, plastics tubes and creature baits. Electric motors only.


Indian Lake (5,040 acres; Logan County) - Saugeye are being caught in good numbers; try casting or trolling small crankbaits just above the bottom, or jigging suspending baits near the bridge and other openings, especially if wind is pushing water through the opening. Largemouth bass: Many are in the 12- to 18-inch range and are in shallow water; fish the canals and lily pads for the best results. Crappie: Fish are spawning now; try minnows and jigs fished in the lily pads. Channel catfish: Catches should increase as the water warms.
NORTHWEST OHIO
Scioto River (Hardin County) - Channel Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers. Access the river at the bridge at County Road 245.
Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) - Crappie: Anglers are taking good numbers of 9- to 13-inchers from the north bay of the lake, fishing with minnows under a bobber on the outside edge of the expansive lily pad fields. Twister tail jigs have also been productive. There is a boat ramp at the southwest corner; there is no horsepower restriction but there is a No Wake Rule (power boaters must operate at idle speed) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no speed restrictions for power boaters.
OHIO RIVER
Meldahl Pool - Hybrid striped bass: are biting in the tributaries. Try crankbaits chicken livers or night crawlers.
Pike Island Dam (Belmont County) - Sauger: are a popular fish this time of year. Try fishing the pier by vertical jigging with ¼ oz. or smaller spoons. Other popular methods include casting and slowly retrieving pearl or chartreuse twister tails tipped with a minnow just off the bottom. Catfish: Look for activity to be picking up in the evening or early morning. Try night crawlers or chicken livers. Catfish anglers may reel in the occasional hybrid striped bass. Smallmouth bass: may still be caught, but it may take a little more effort. Try casting spinner baits, crankbaits, tube baits, or top-water “walk-the-dog” style baits off stony points and riprap banks.
LAKE ERIE
Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on 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 on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) are closed to possession (catch and release only).
Western Basin
Walleye: Anglers trolling are catching fish along the northern cans of the Camp Perry firing range, around the Bass Islands, around Kelleys Island and in 30-40 feet of water from Huron to Lorain. Anglers jigging are still catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range and in Maumee Bay; although, jig fishing will be ending shortly as fish migrate away from spawning areas. Trolling anglers have caught fish using deep diving crankbaits such as Rapala deep husky jerks and Reef Runners, as well as with worm harnesses using inline weights, divers or bottom bouncers. Hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners are the most popular jigging lures.
Smallmouth Bass: Are being caught around island shorelines in less than 20 feet of water on tube jigs and on crankbaits or jerkbaits.
Largemouth bass: Are being caught in harbors and bays using crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics.
Central Basin
Walleye: are being caught off the Cleveland area in 45 feet of water and off Fairport Harbor in 42-43 feet of water trolling using worm harnesses and stick baits.
Yellow perch: Fishing has been good in 48 feet of water near the Cleveland water intake crib, in 50 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 39-47 feet northeast of Ashtabula. Shore fishing has been spotty off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth bass: fishing has been very good in 15-25 feet around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using leeches, tube jigs and crankbaits.
Channel Catfish: Fishing has been very good in the Grand River using nightcrawlers and large chubs.
The Lake Erie water temperature is 56 off Toledo and 51 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.