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OHIO: Lake Erie – Fish Have Been Caught by Trolling with Divers & Spoons

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Western Basin

Walleye fishing was good over the past week.  Most reports came from the reef complex and from the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel to West Sister Island.  Fish have been caught by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on inline weights with worm harnesses.  Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing continues to be good over the past week in the western basin.  The best areas have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, SE of Kelley’s Island, S of Green Island, and N of Ballast Island.  Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Bass fishermen continue to have good catches of largemouth bass around the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead.  Smallmouth bass have been caught around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island.

Central Basin

Walleye Very good fishing has been reported 70-74’ NE of Geneva and 70-74’ N-NW of Ashtabula.  Anglers are using jet divers and dipsy divers with purple, blue, pink, silver and black spoons.  Anglers are also using wireline with stick baits.

Yellow perch fishing has been fair off of the Huron River mouth, in 26’ to 30’ of water off of Cranberry Creek, and off of the condos between Vermilion and Beaver Creek.  Very good fishing has been reported 42-46’ of N-NE of Edgewater Park, 40-48’ NE of Wildwood Park, 42-47’ N-NW of Fairport and 48′ NE of Conneaut.  Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produces the most fish.  Fish the bottom and keep the bait moving.  Mornings and evenings have been best.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good in 15 to 25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut.  Fish are being caught on crayfish and leeches, dark green and red tube jigs, blade baits and crank baits.

Steelhead trout fishing has been fair while trolling for walleye at the same locations listed above for walleye off Geneva and Ashtabula.

White Bass   Anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall.  Anglers are using agitators with white jigs and twister tails.  Mornings and evenings are the best times.  For boat anglers, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface.  The white bass will be below the shiners.

The water temperature is 77 degrees off of Toledo and 77 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Ohio
Dept of Natural Resources


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COLORADO: Anglers Can’t Wrong, Fly Fishing, Spin-Casting or Trolling

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Early June has brought a mixed outlook for anglers across the state. While stream fishermen bemoan high, discolored water almost everywhere, their still-water counterparts have been finding some of the best fishing of the entire year. On the downside, the annual spring runoff, fueled by an exceptionally heavy snowpack in almost every major river basin, is in full swing. With recent warm temperatures, free-flowing rivers have been rising daily. With continued warm weather in the immediate forecast, the trend is expected to continue.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is monitoring streams and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide, especially in the northern part of the state, and has warned of potential flooding in parts of the Yampa River drainage. The CWCB also is watching conditions on Front Range streams such as Clear Creek at Georgetown, the Big Thompson in Estes Park and the Cache La Poudre in the vicinity of Fort Collins and Greeley, and Denver Water has issued an advisory for unusually high flows expected in the Blue River below Dillon Dam.

With many tributary creeks also swollen with snowmelt, and even some streams below dams running high, the Frying Pan River below Ruedi Dam and the several tailwater sections of the South Platte at present offer the best prospects for stream fishing.

The scene is much brighter for lake fishermen. Water temperatures are slowly rising, and trout are active in the popular mid-elevation lakes and reservoirs. Anglers can hardly go wrong, whether fly fishing, spin-casting, trolling or fishing with a variety of baits, where permitted. Warmer weather also has opened up additional higher-elevation waters such as Steamboat Lake and Taylor Reservoir.

Though the season has been a bit delayed, trout are hungry there. As winter loosens its grip and additional segments of the high country become accessible, anglers are celebrating the hot times of ice-out fishing in a mountain setting. Early June also is a peak time for warmwater fishing. Water temperatures have climbed into an optimal range and the bite is on. Crappie have been active in northern Front Range impoundments such as Lonetree, Boedecker and Boyd reservoirs, as well as southeastern waters including John Martin Reservoir and Blue Lake (Adobe Creek
Reservoir).

In the southwest, Navajo Reservoir features good fishing for crappie. Fishing with live minnows and small jigs are favorite techniques for
crappie; brushy areas of a lake or the rip rap along a dam face are productive areas. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been consistently good at Horsetooth Reservoir. Boyd Reservoir offers both largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Pueblo Reservoir is a perennial favorite among bass fishermen. Walleyes, wipers, white bass, channel catfish and bluegills complete the list of Colorado’s common warmwater species.

With summer finally here, the time is right to catch some.

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Division of Wildlife
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