Jim Morris' Fishing Report Thursday, June 28, 2007 Caesar Creek Lake: Saugeye fishing has been very good on the flats near the island. Try tightlining a large minnow or trolling with a jig or twister tipped with a nightcrawler. Saugeyes are also being caught off the docks at the Wellman Meadows boat ramp. Bluegills are biting around treetops and stickups in the coves, mostly on waxworms. Bass fishing is best morning or evening with a spinner, small crankbait or buzzbait fished close to shore. For catfish, use stinkbaits or chicken liver and fish the mouths of the creeks. For muskies, fish around laydowns in the evenings with bucktails, jerkbaits, and large crankbaits. Indian Lake: Plenty of catfish action is going on around the lake. Use nightcrawlers, chicken liver, leeches or cut bait to catch catfish around Dream Bridge, Governor's Island and Long Island or most shorelines. For bluegills, fish around rocks and docks with waxworms or redworms. Bass have been hitting plastics fished slowly along the rocks or try a buzzbait in the early morning. Lake Loramie: Bass fishing has been very good. Use crankbaits and fish close to the banks. Mornings and evenings are best on sunny days. Overcast days make the action good all day. Fish the trenches on the east end for saugeyes. Try jigging with a large minnow or nightcrawler. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers, chicken liver, shrimp and cut bait around the east end of the lake. Fish under bridges, docks or pontoons to catch bluegills and crappies. C.J. Brown Reservoir: The best fishing has been along the western bank. For walleyes, most of the catches have come by trolling a Hot-N-Tot. Catfish are biting in shallow water on the north end, mostly on nightcrawlers, softcraws or chicken liver. Fish around the marina for crappies and bluegills. Rocky Fork Lake: Trolling for saugeyes around the south beach has been successful in recent days. Use a Shad-Rap or Hot-N-Tot. Use goldfish to catch shovelhead around Fisherman's Wharf. Bass fishing continues to be good, mostly with plastics. Green/pumpkinseed has been the most popular color. Bluegill fishing remains good, mostly with waxworms. Paint Creek Lake: Bass fishing has been very good. Use a black-on-black jig and work the rocks around the channel banks. For crappies, fish around the campground and island or try long-line trolling a Triple-Ripple (milky salt and pepper) on a 1/16 or 1/32-ounce jighead through the hazard zone. The best catfish fishing has been in the creeks with cut bait or nightcrawlers. Fish the spillway with small crankbaits to catch saugeyes or largemouth bass. Cowan Lake: Early-morning anglers are having success trolling for muskies. Use deep-running crankbaits and fish from the Marina to Musky Point. For saugeyes, trolling seems to be working best. Fish around the island and through deeper water with small crankbaits, such as Big-O, Hot-N-Tot or Shad-Raps. Crappies are in deep water. Use large minnows and fish the drop-offs. Grand Lake St. Marys: Warm water 83 degrees has slowed fishing. The best times are early in the morning or around dusk for crappies deep into brushpiles and under docks and boats. Use minnows or jigs. For largemouth bass, fish early and work plastics and tubes around wood, 1-3 feet deep. Fish day or night to catch catfish with nightcrawlers, cut bait or chicken liver. Lake Erie: Walleye fishing continues to be excellent in many areas of the western basin. Try the following areas: north of the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, around the islands, west of Rattlesnake, west of North Bass, around West Reef and Northwest Reef and on Gull Island Shoal. In the Central Basin, walleye fishing has been excellent from Cedar Point to east of the Vermilion River and in 38 to 40 feet of water off of Cranberry Creek. For yellow perch, the most productive areas have been off Lakeside, west of Marblehead, off of the Cedar Point breakwall and just off the east shore of Kelleys. For smallmouth bass, work the reef complex with tube jigs. Green and green/pumpkinseed have been the most popular colors. For Lake Erie information, call (888) HOOK-FISH or visit ohiodnr.com.