Tuesday, April 26, 2016

North Sterling fishing

The lake is 52 degrees and boat anglers have had success fishing near Goose Island using jigs and spinners for walleye. Boat anglers have also done well on the north side of the Darby Arm casting shad lures for walleye. A few wipers have started to come out near Darby Point. Shore fishermen have had minor success for catfish at night off the West Trailhead and the swim beach overflow parking area using shrimp and mussels. A few walleye were caught from shore in the Elks Bay across from the boat inspection station. Fishermen have been more successful in the morning and late evening when the fish are near the surface in shallower waters.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black Hawk Lake

Water level is 9 inches over the crest of the spillway. Black Crappie – Good: Use a small jig fished below a bobber near shore. Most action has been in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. Bluegill – Good: Large numbers of bluegill are being caught on jigs and also a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. They are biting in all areas of the lake but most are having luck in Town Bay along shore and especially on the stone piers. Lots of 6 inch fish, but some anglers are picking up good numbers of 8 inch fish so some sorting is required. Walleye – Good: Walleye continue to be caught on the east side of the lake. Anglers are having good luck fishing evening and into the dark. Throw mid-sized twister tails, rooster tails and bottom-bounce a crawler near shore. Largemouth Bass – Good: Bass are hitting almost anything thrown at them right now in efforts to beef up before their spawning season. Use crawlers, crankbaits, plastics and topwater lures. Those fishing near the inlet bridge are experiencing the most action. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: Anglers are picking up some over 30 inches. Those fishing crankbaits from a boat in 3-5 feet of water have had the most luck. There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on muskellunge.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Saginaw Bay

: The best walleye action was in 23 to 24 feet off Linwood and near the Spark Plug (Buoys 11 & 12) or northeast of Spoils Island in 20 feet. If you're the first one out there in the morning, you can catch fish casting right off the rocks around Spoils Island but the action slows fast when more boats show up and the fish move to deeper water. Walleye were caught off the Bay City State Park and the Kawkawlin River in 6 to 8 feet. Most are trolling purple crankbaits but a few fish were taken on pink and purple crawler harnesses. Walleye were caught off Quanicassee and some perch were taken straight off the mouth of the Quanicassee River in 6 to 8 feet. Walleye anglers were going out to the Slot and the Callahan Reef. Some fish were caught off Sebewaing and Bay Port. Surface water temperatures were low to mid 40's. Shore fishing for spring perch is about done.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rocky Fork Lake

: Anglers are catching bass on black/blue jigs with a blue trailer around stumps and laydowns about 5-6 feet deep. Crappies are 8-12 feet deep around laydowns, hitting minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad in the monkey-milk color. For saugeyes, slow troll around the south beach with a chartreuse twister tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and chicken liver on the west end of the lake.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Smallmouth bass fishing Lake Erie

 Smallmouth bass fishing in 2016 is expected to be fair but improving. Smallmouth bass catch rates decreased in 2015, when compared to 2014, but are still the highest observed since the mid-1990s. Smallmouth bass should be an excellent size (14 to 22 inches and weighing up to six pounds). The best fishing for smallmouth bass will continue to be in areas with good bottom structure, which is the available habitat across much of the entire Ohio nearshore and islands. Continuing the trend from previous years, largemouth bass fishing should be excellent in 2016. This emerging fishery is producing high catch rates and some large fish in nearshore areas and harbors across Ohio’s Lake Erie. All black bass (smallmouth and largemouth) must be immediately released from May 1 through June 24. Beginning June 25, the daily bag limit for bass will be five, with a 14-inch minimum length limit.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

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Black Hawk Lake

Water level is 9 inches over the crest of the spillway. Anglers have had luck catching bluegill and crappie in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. Walleye are being picked up in Town Bay and along the shoreline around Ice House Point. This time of year you can expect good walleye fishing near shore as water temperatures continue to climb and walleye exhibit spawning behavior. Try areas near shore that contain sandy or gravel substrate.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Lake Erie

Spring walleye fishing is, of course, best around the reefs and in the rivers because that’s where they go to spawn. Popular places to catch spring walleyes are in about 10 feet of water over rocky areas. That’s where you will find boaters dragging hair jigs, perhaps tipped with a shiner and having good results.
The current bag limit is four walleyes until May 1. The state wildlife agency will soon announce new bag limits for May 1 and after. For the past several years that has been six through the last day of February. The limit will likely remain six and four during the spawning months of March and April.
While Lake Erie is called the “walleye capital of the world,” it’s also the best place to catch yellow perch. The bag limit is 30 and is likely to stay that way.