Fishing Report 10/23/08

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  1. Nightprowler

    Nightprowler Crappie Hunter

    Indian Lake: A 12-inch, 2-pound bluegill was brought in late last week. It was caught, along with a large amount of crappies and bluegills, on the north side of the lake around the lily pads. Dream Bridge has been the place to fish for saugeyes. Boaters are catching limits by drifting with jigs and large minnows. Bank fishermen on the south bank have been catching saugeyes by casting Husky Jerks, Vib-E's and Rat-L-Traps. A few perch have been caught near the Oldfield park.

    Caesar Creek Lake: Saugeye fishing has been very good on the flats and around the island. You can troll with crawler harnesses or tightline with nightcrawlers. Fish close to the bottom. White bass have been caught in the creeks with minnows and shiny spinners and spoons. Bluegills have been caught around the stickups in the coves, mostly with waxworms. Crappies are deep, 20-25 feet. Try to find some structure and use minnows. Musky anglers are working the wood with bucktails and large shiners.

    Rush Run Lake: There are still plenty of rainbow trout in the lake from last week's stocking. Use waxworms, small, flashy spinners or long-kernel corn. Bluegills have also been biting on waxworms and redworms.

    C.J. Brown Reservoir: Fish around the marina for crappies. Some of the large crappies have started to move in and are hitting minnows and waxworms. Walleye fishing has been good along the rocks near the dam. Trolling with crawler harnesses or jigging with Vib-E's have been the best methods. Plenty of white bass have been caught just off of the rocks using minnows or shiny spoons and spinners. Use waxworms to catch bluegills around the marina and artificial structure near the ramp.

    Rocky Fork Lake: Bass fishing has been good with crankbaits and spinners fished along the banks in 3-6 feet of water. Crappie fishing has been slow with most still deep, 12-17 feet. Anglers are picking up white bass in front of the south beach with Roostertails and shiny spoons. A few saugeyes have been caught by trolling Shad-Raps or chartreuse twisters around the same area.

    Paint Creek Lake: Plenty of crappies are being caught. Many are small, but you can still get a fair amount of keepers. Use minnows, waxworms and/or black/chartreuse or blue/chartreuse jigs. For largemouth bass, look for wood and rocks and toss a Shad-Rap at depths of 3-5 feet. A large number of bluegills have been caught on waxworms around stumps and fallen timber. The lake is down 6 feet, so only the main ramp is in use.

    Grand Lake St. Marys: An angler caught a 1-pound, six-ounce crappie last week, shooting jigs under pontoons. That's the best way to catch them right now, but you can also find them in the brush and under docks in the channels. A few catfish have been caught from the channels with cut bait or nightcrawlers. Some perch have been caught on the north side of the lake by fishing close to the bottom with a piece of worm. There are still plenty of stocked rainbow trout in the channel on the northeast corner of the lake around the handicap dock.

    Lake Loramie: Morning is the best time to fish for saugeyes from a boat or bank near the Luthman Road bridge. From the bank, anglers are casting Vib-E's and Roadrunners, while boaters are jigging with Vib-E's. Crappie fishing has been good all over the lake. Fish in brushpiles about 3 feet down with a minnow or black/chartreuse jig. Bluegills are around brush and wood, hitting waxworms and redworms.

    Lake Erie: Walleye fishing continues to be slow in the Western Basin, but has been heating up on the western edge of the Central Basin. The top area has been from Huron to Lorain, just west of the sandbar. Yellow Perch fishing has been good near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, north of West Sister Island near the Canadian border, around Green and Rattlesnake Islands, east and southeast of Kelleys, north of the Marblehead lighthouse, near the Cedar Point bell buoy, around the Catawba Island green buoy and Gull Island shoal. Smallmouth Bass have been caught around Middle Bass and South Bass and on the southern shoreline of Kelleys. For Lake Erie information, visit or call (888) HOOK-FISH.