Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trinidad Lake

The surface temperature is currently around 74 degrees. Juvenile smallmouth and perch are being caught from areas of cover using night crawlers. We are also seeing a few trout being caught on PowerBait from shore. Early mornings and later evenings continue to be the most productive time to fish. Catfish are still hit or miss throughout the lake for anglers fishing at night using worms and liver. Fishing from shore has slowed down. Boaters are still catching trout, walleye, and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or artificial minnow. Some boaters are catching fish trolling worm harnesses.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Monongahela River

 Fishing in most of the region seems to be slow in recent days, but anglers are having lots of luck with catfish in the Monongahela River in West Elizabeth. Gar are also hitting in the area. A few carp and smallmouth bass still pop up from time to time in the river as well.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Lake St. Clair:

Lake St. Clair: Smallmouth bass were caught halfway between the Clinton River and the Shipping Channel when drifting minnows in 17 feet, around the 400 Club and the Mile Roads when casting crank baits or drop-shotting leeches or around the St. Clair Light with tube baits in 14 to 21 feet. Walleye were caught near the Dumping Grounds, the St. Clair Light and the mouth of the South Channel when trolling purple, chartreuse or perch colored crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers. Musky were caught near the "Fire Cracker" and the Clinton River in 10 feet. Crayfish colored body baits worked well. A few bluegills were caught in the canals near Nine Mile Road. On the north end, walleye were caught near the Fair Haven launch when drifting crawlers. Smallmouth bass were taken near the mouth of the Middle Channel when casting tube baits or crank baits. Panfish were in 6 to 8 feet in Anchor Bay.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Clear Creek Reservoir

Trout angling at Clear Creek Reservoir from a boat has improved since last week, but fishing still remains slow from shore.  Since the water level of the reservoir has dropped a few feet, shore fishing access has improved with the willows no longer being right at the shoreline. Fly anglers caught trout off the surface on elk hair caddis dry flies when the conditions were less windy. Woolly buggers usually produce well for fly anglers when the wind picks up. Trolling worms with flashers along the southern part of the lake was the most productive method to catch trout. Pistol Pete's worked well from a boat as well. Several boat anglers using bait had success with garlic scented PowerBait and worms off the bottom. Landing a kokanee salmon from a boat remains a difficult task. Most of the tiger muskie have been caught in the evening at the eastern part of the reservoir. The tiger muskie went for buck tail lures and Rapalas. The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kelleys Island

Walleye were biting around the points of Kelleys Island anywhere from 13-32’ depths casting worm harnesses was working best. Actually, the Walleye have been showing up around reef edges anywhere on the map where you have rocky bottom in the island area including the Bass Islands and Pelee Island on the Ontario side. Look for the fish to be hanging off the edges in 18-25’ mostly and then some fish out over the flat muddy bottom in 33-34’ along the border East of North Bass on down to the area NE of Kelleys Island. If you have Ontario licenses, good deep water bite has been NW of Pelee or near Wagon Wheel Reef and N of Pelee in deep water. The area W of Vermilion along the shoreline to Cranberry Creek has been producing some larger walleye this week with still lots of throwback sized fish in that area. Don’t forget about the 15” size limit on walleye as there has been a presence by Ohio Wildlife officers checking at all local marina locations.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ute Lake:

 Night fishing continued good for anglers using cut bait and liver on trout lines for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, drop shot rigs and senkos for smallmouth bass in 12 to 14 feet of water. A few were also taken on top water lures. Fishing was fair using jigs and curly tail grubs in 25 to 28 feet of water for walleye. White bass fishing was sporadic with a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits. The surface water temp was in the mid 80s.

Friday, July 22, 2016


 It’s shaping up to be another banner sockeye salmon run on the Columbia River. This year’s sockeye count at Bonneville Dam will likely be the fifth highest since at least 1938, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through Wednesday, a total of 338,035 fish had been counted. The record is the 604,052 sockeye counted through July 20, 2014. The top five counts have been since 2010.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/outdoors/hunting-fishing/article91394402.html#storylink=cpy

Sandusky Bay and Mouse Island.

Smallmouth bass have been biting around the islands in 11-26’ of water around the Bass islands mostly near the rugged rocky bottom and sharp drop offs. Drop shot techniques are working well if you have the right rubber bait on your hook soaked in some super bite juice or you can try soft craws which are always the best bait in my opinion in the summer months. Pelee Island on the Ontario side producing some good smallmouth as well. Also try the deep edges around Mill Point and Lighthouse Point. Largemouth bass have been biting all along the Ohio shoreline between Sandusky Bay and Mouse Island. Good Bay fishing still in East and West Harbors.