10/09/2008 SW Fishing Report

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  1. Nightprowler

    Nightprowler Crappie Hunter

    JIm Morris' fishing report
    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    Indian Lake: Saugeye fishing has finally taken off. Anglers have been lining the south bank each day, casting Vib-Es, Husky Jerks and Rat-L-Traps. Some are fishing with minnows under slip bobbers. Boaters have been catching limits around Dream Bridge, mostly on large minnows or Vib-Es. Crappies have been caught on minnows and waxworms around lily pads off of Long Island. Bluegills have been hitting waxworms near the banks. A few yellow perch have been caught off of Lakeview and Oldfield Beach.

    Grand Lake St. Marys: A few anglers have been fishing for yellow perch off of the beaches, using pieces of nightcrawler fished on the bottom. A few have also been taken off of Southmoor Shores on the southeast corner of the lake and directly out from the boat ramp on the west shore. Crappies and bluegills have been caught around docks and from under docked pontoon boats.

    Caesar Creek Lake: This is one of the prime times for musky fishing. Work around standing or fallen timber with large bucktail spinners, jerk baits or crankbaits around standing or fallen timber in coves or along main lake shorelines. Bluegill fishing has picked up around stick-ups in the coves. Use waxworms and fish 2-6 feet deep. Saugeyes have been hitting nightcrawlers dragged on harnesses. Also try trolling with small crankbaits over the flats and round Walker Island (the large island in the northeast part of the lake).

    Acton Lake: Anglers are trolling for saugeyes, mostly with medium or deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie fishing has been good. Use minnows under a bobber and fish around structure. For bluegills, work the shoreline around brush with waxworms or pieces of nightcrawler. Most are in two feet of water or less.

    Rocky Fork Lake: Bluegills have been hitting waxworms and flies fished in shallow water all around the lake. Work the coves and areas with lots of wood and stumps. For crappies, fish deep, 14-18 feet with minnows or black/chartreuse tubes. A few saugeyes have been picked up off of the beaches and around the island. Troll with Shad-Raps or chartreuse twisters on a 1/8-ounce leadhead. Bass fishing has been good around the rocks in 2-5 feet of water. Cast Shad-Raps or small spinners.

    Paint Creek Lake: The lake is still very low, 5.5 feet below summer pool. The main ramp near U.S. 50 is the only one safe to use. Good crappie fishing has been reported. Look for wood and fish 4-6 feet deep along channel banks. Minnows and black/chartreuse tubes have been the best baits. Saugeyes are being caught on the flats between the beach and the island. Drift with a chartreuse jigs on a 1/8-ounce leadhead or a large minnow. Try to keep your boat in water 5-7 feet deep. For bass, use crankbaits in rocky areas and fish in water 3-5 feet deep.

    C.J. Brown Reservoir: Anglers are catching white bass around the rocks and over the old roadbed. Use minnows or shiny spoons and spinners. Walleye fishing has been spotty. A few are being picked up by trolling crankbaits over the humps. Some are jigging over the humps with nightcrawlers and leeches. Crappies have been hitting minnows around the marina. For bluegills, fish the artificial structure near the boat ramp with waxworms or redworms.

    Lake Erie: Yellow Perch fishing has been good in the western basin. The best spots have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, north of West Sister Island near the Canadian border, around Green and Rattlesnake Islands, east of Kelleys Island, Kelleys Island Shoal, southwest of Kelleys Island, north of the Marblehead lighthouse, near the Cedar Point bell buoy, around the Catawba Island green buoy and near Gull Island shoal. Walleye fishing has remained slow over the past week. The best fishing was north of Kelleys, including Gull Island Shoal and Kelleys Island Shoal. Smallmouth Bass have been caught around Middle Bass Island and South Bass Island, and on the southern shoreline of Kelleys.

    For Lake Erie information, visit wildohio.com or call (888) HOOK-FISH.

    Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2409 or jmorris@DaytonDailyNews.com.

  2. Now thats a report !!! thanks