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5-3-14: Area fishing report

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Grand Lake St. Marys: Crappie fishing has been consistent with plenty of fish being caught in the channels and around the shore in the main lake. Use minnows and fish 1-3 feet deep. Night fishing has been good. Bluegills are hitting rubber spiders and ice jigs tipped with waxworms. Catfish are hitting cut shad and nightcrawlers all over the lake. Work the channels with pig-n-jig to catch bass.
Lake Loramie: Good fishing has been reported for crappies and bluegills around rocks and lily pads. Use small white or chartreuse jigs tipped with waxworms or spikes for both species. Bass have been hitting spinner baits along the banks or points. Catfish are going after cut shad and nightcrawlers. Kids up to 17 can join the fishing derby Saturday at Earl’s Island, 8:30-noon.
Rocky Fork: Bass fishing has been very good along the banks and points with spinnerbaits, black/black jigs and plastics. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the brushy coves. Crappies are 4-10 feet deep biting on minnows or chartreuse jigs and small twisters.
Paint Creek Lake: Watch the water levels as recent rain has elevated the lake. Spillway fishing probably will depend on how much discharge is taking place. Fish for crappies 3-10 feet deep. Vary your depth and change locations to find the bite. Use minnows or chartreuse jigs. Bluegills are hitting ice jigs tipped with waxworms in the brushy areas. For bass, work the points and channel banks 3-6 feet deep with spinnerbaits, shad-colored crankbaits and pig-n-jig.
Caesar Creek Lake: Crappie fishing has been excellent with some caught in shallow water but others still 15 feet deep. Use minnows or jigs tipped with waxworms. Bluegills are around the stickups, about 6 feet deep. White bass are hitting white in-line spinners in the creeks. Saugeye and bass fishing have been slow.
Acton Lake: Crappie fishing has been very good along the banks around any kind of brush or wood. Use minnows or jigs and fish about 1-2 feet deep. Troll for saugeyes with crawler harnesses or cast with a chartreuse or orange twister or a jig tipped with a minnow.
Rush Run Lake: Bluegills are hitting jigs tipped with waxworms all around the shore. A few trout remain. Use small spinners or twisters and waxworms.
Indian Lake: Saugeyes are hitting along the south bank. Use Vib-Es and brightly colored jigs and twisters. As the water clears, try Dream Bridge and Moundwood. Crappie fishing has been very good in one spot, but slow in another. So move around and look for wood. Bluegills are hitting waxworms along the banks in brush. For bass, work the banks in the channels with spinnerbaits.
Cowan Lake: Some large crappies, up to 15 inches, have been caught along the north shore. Work the coves and drop-offs. Larger crappies have been 12-15 feet deep. Smaller ones are in shallow water. Use medium to large minnows. Bass are hitting spinners and jigs along the banks. Purple has been a good color.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: The best crappie fishing has been around the marina or in the sunken trees with minnows or jigs. For walleyes, try trolling over the humps and old roadbed with crawler harnesses or jig with a large minnow or nightcrawler. Bluegills are hitting ice jigs tipped with waxworms in brush or around the fish attractors near the boat ramp.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing has been excellent. Anglers trolling are catching fish west of South Bass Island, north and west of North Bass Island and around Kelleys Island. Anglers jigging are catching fish on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, using hair jigs tipped with emerald shiners.
For Lake Erie information, visit wildohio.com or call (888) HOOK-FISH.

Maumee and Sandusky Rivers: Water levels are high, but walleyes are still being caught. White bass are starting to move in.

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