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6-7-14: Area fishing report

Caesar Creek Lake: Crappies have moved to deeper water. You can catch them with minnows around structure in 15-18 feet of water. Bass are still close to the banks, hitting plastics and crankbaits. Fish around stickups about 6-8 feet deep to catch bluegills on waxworms. For saugeyes, use crankbaits or spinnerbaits and troll around the island. Also try jigging with a nightcrawler on the flats. For white bass, look for jumps in the main lake and toss in an inline spinner. Muskies are in shallow water, hitting large crankbaits. Want to catch a longnose gar? Try fishing in the spillway.
C.J. Brown Reservoir: Crappie fishing has been very good all around the lake. Use minnows or jigs tipped with waxworms and fish in about 5 feet of water. The marina and boat ramp have been good spots. Walleye fishing has slowed. The best action has been early or late around the rocks near the dam. Catfish and bluegills have been hitting all over.
Grand Lake St. Marys: Bass fishing has been very good in the channels. Use spinnerbaits or plastics and fish around stumps, docks and weeds. Bluegills have been hitting waxworms and redworms around docks and seawalls. Crappie fishing isn’t as hot as a few weeks ago, but plenty of fish are being caught. Fish away from banks, around brush and under pontoons. Catfish are all over the lake, hitting cut shad or nightcrawlers.
Indian Lake: Plenty of saugeyes have been caught, but many are short. Fish around bridges or troll the main lake with crawler harnesses. Bluegills are still in shallow water, hitting rubber spiders tipped with waxworms. Crappies are scattered with many small fish being caught around brush and docks. Bass are hitting plastic frogs around lily pads. Catfish are active all over the lake.
Lake Loramie: Bluegills of varying sizes are being caught along the banks and rocks. Use ice jigs tipped with waxworms and fish in shallow water. Crappies are around lily pads, hitting minnows and waxworms. For catfish, use nightcrawlers, cut shad, chicken liver and fish anywhere. Bass are around structure, hitting spinnerbaits or flippin jigs. For saugeyes, use twisters and fish in the spillway.
Cowan Lake: Bass fishing has been very good, especially early in the morning and in the evening. Fish along the banks with spinnerbaits, plastics or small crankbaits. Bluegills are hitting waxworms around fallen trees and other structure. Crappies have moved to deeper water along ledges. A few saugeyes have been caught by jigging with nightcrawlers or large minnows on the north side of the lake. Catfish are hitting chicken liver and nightcrawlers.
Acton Lake: Crappies have moved to deeper water with the larger fish now 6-8 feet deep. Use minnows and fish around the dam and off of the pier. Bass are off of the banks, hitting plastics and shad-colored crankbaits. Bluegills are hitting mealworms, crickets and waxworms. Anglers are trolling for saugeyes with brightly colored twisters tipped with pieces of nightcrawler. Catfish are all over, hitting nightcrawlers, chubs and strawberry chicken.
Rocky Fork Lake: Bluegill fishing has been good around docks and in the coves. Use waxworms or redworms on small jigs. Bass fishing continues to be good along the banks with black/grape worms or spinnerbaits. For saugeyes, troll in front of the beaches or around the island with 3-inch twisters tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Crappies are 3-9 feet deep, hitting minnows or chartreuse tubes.
Paint Creek Lake: Fish the creek arms and Plum Run for crappies. Look for structure and fish from 3 to 9 feet deep with minnows or chartreuse/black tubes. Bass are 4-7 feet deep off of points and along rock walls. Catfish are hitting cut shad and nightcrawlers near the campground boat ramp. In the spillway, anglers are catching saugeyes on small twisters and crappies on minnows.
Lake Erie: Walleye fishing has been excellent at the Gravel Pit west of West Sister Island, off Magee Marsh, near the northern and eastern cans of the Camp Perry firing range as well as around some of the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range, around Green Island, east of Kelleys Island in 40 feet of water and north of Kelleys Island between Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal. Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses. Those casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.
For yellow perch, fish with shiners around "F" can of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island and off Kelleys Island Shoal. For smallmouth bass, fish along island shorelines in less than 25 feet of water with tube jigs and crankbaits or jerkbaits.
For Lake Erie information, call (888) HOOK-FISH or visit wildohio.com.