2017 Spring Fishing & Lake Guide


By Ron Brohm - For Civitas Media



Anglers fish off the dock of the bay on a recent misty day at the Buck Creek State Park marina at C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield.


A fisherman near the Buck Creek State Park marina boat dock at C.J. Brown Reservoir enjoys the solitude of the lake just past early dawn and fishing off the bank for bluegill and crappie.


Ron Brohm | for Civitas Media

Spring is here and it’s time to dig out your fishing gear from the garage or basement and get to your favorite nearby fishing hole to drop a line.

Take the kids and/or grandkids and make it a family affair that they will always remember. The crappie and bluegill are already starting to bite. Spring is a great time to get in on all the fun.

Fishing license

Don’t forget that fishing license. Ohio’s new 2017-2018 fishing license cost $19 and is available at many Ohio locations and online. They are good from March 1st 2017 to February 28th 2018.

Local area fishing lakes & rivers

Ohio is known for its world-class fishing with its waters full of walleye, streelhead trout, saugeye, bluegill, crappie, bass, yellow perch, and catfish. Get in on the action and try your luck at one of these nearby fishing holes.

The top rated nearby public fishing waters include: CJ Brown Reservoir, Kiser Lake, Clark Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Loramie, Grand Lake St Mary’s , Alum Creek Reservoir, Delaware Lake, Buckeye Lake, Great Miami River, Still Water River, Mad River, Darby Creek, Little Miami River, Buck Creek, Caesar Creek Lake, Madison Lake, Deer Creek Lake, Cowan Lake, Rocky Fork Lake, Paint Creek Lake and Eastwood Lake.

Fishing report

Up to 20 inch saugeyes are reportedly being caught at Indian Lake near Northfork jigging Rapalas shallow in 5-10 feet of water. At Kiser Lake yellow perch and crappies are biting using waxworks. Currently the top 3 ranked lakes for catching crappies over 9 inches are Madison Lake, Indian Lake and Lake Loramie

Maumee River famous ‘walleye run’

This spring why not try something new. Head up to the Maumee River in Toledo where up to a half million walleye enter the river from Lake Erie to begin their famous journey up the Maumee to their spawning grounds. When the run begins, first come the 18 to 20 inch jacks then the big females will follow. Every spring thousands of anglers from all over the region and America flock to the Maumee River for this annual tradition

Lake Erie fishing hot spots

Walleye fishing has been hot recently from Catawba to the Camp Perry firing range and between South Bass Island and Kelly’s Island. Trolling with crankbaits and vertical jigging have seem to produce the best results.

Trout stocking update

This year, according to ODNR, over 100,000 rainbow trout will be released into 60 Ohio public lakes and ponds starting on March 1st.

Ohio free fishing days

Every year a weekend is set aside by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to allow Ohio Residents the opportunity to go fishing without having to buy a fishing license.

This year that weekend is Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7

Anglers fish off the dock of the bay on a recent misty day at the Buck Creek State Park marina at C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2017/04/web1_fishingfixed.jpgAnglers fish off the dock of the bay on a recent misty day at the Buck Creek State Park marina at C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield.

A fisherman near the Buck Creek State Park marina boat dock at C.J. Brown Reservoir enjoys the solitude of the lake just past early dawn and fishing off the bank for bluegill and crappie.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2017/04/web1_IMG_4876.jpgA fisherman near the Buck Creek State Park marina boat dock at C.J. Brown Reservoir enjoys the solitude of the lake just past early dawn and fishing off the bank for bluegill and crappie. Ron Brohm | for Civitas Media

By Ron Brohm

For Civitas Media

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.