METHODS OF FISHING AND BEST FISHING SITES
Spring bass fishing is very popular with anglers. April, May, and June produce many bass of five pounds and up each year. Casting the shoreline with artificial lures by wading or by boat in the cover areas of the eastern portions of the lake is the most successful method. Fishing the brushy and stump areas with minnows and jigs is the best way for crappies in the spring. Summer provides excellent flathead and channel catfish action for anglers. Flathead catfish from 20 to 60 pounds and channel catfish to 15 pounds are common catches at night during the summer months. Set lines baited with cut bait are the best method of harvest. For bluegill, fishing with a cane pole and worms or maggots is the best all-around method in the summer. Saugeye can be captured on small jigs (1/8 oz.), which are tipped with one-half of a night crawler. In the fall, saugeye can be captured by vertically jigging lures such as small Sonars or Vibe-E's. White bass can be captured on small white jigs (1/8 oz. or smaller).
Recreational facilities include boat rental, bait picnic sites, campsites, cottages, and food service.
Anglers who catch a big fish should enter their prize in the Fish Ohio angler recognition program. A fish qualifies for an award if it meets the minimum size requirement set for the Fish Ohio program. Applications are available online at FishOhio.org.
FISH MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
The Division of Wildlife's fish management activities include stocking, construction of fish attractors, population monitoring with electrofishing, trap net, gill nets, and creel census. General physical and chemical water quality analyses are also periodically performed.
The nearest Wildlife District Office is located at 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 (phone number: 330-644-2293). The Division also has a website for information on fishing regulations, tips, maps, and other wildlife related material (www.wildohio.com). To get other maps or publications call toll free 1-800 WILDLIFE.
TURN IN A POACHER
Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.