Fishing continues to be excellent in all area Lakes with Berlin being the best based on the feedback we are hearing.
Walleye are being caught in 4-10 feet of water primarily in the willows, but they are also being found off of highbanks and points in slightly deeper water. Overwhelmingly, 1/16 and 1/8 oz Northland Fireball jigs and Whistler jigs are the most popular baits. Tip them with leeches or nightcrawlers.
Crappie have been caught all over this week in all area lakes as they are in very shallow water in either prespawn or spawn, depending on the water temperature. We are seeing fish upwards of 15-16″ in some cases with the vast majority running from 10-12″ keepers and lots of fish that are under 9″ as well. Jigs with maggots and wax worms has been the most popular method as well as live minnows under a weighted float. Most fish are being found very shallow water and are easily caught from shore. Fewtown and the 224 bridge have been the most popular spots on Berlin and Reeder Road on Walborn rounding out the top spots. There are plenty of places to find them right now, so try another spot if yours is full.
White bass are pretty much finished with their run, but we have seen a handful still being caught this week. Primarily this is driven by the fact that crappie fishing has been so good that those targeting white bass have moved on.
Catfishing has been excellent as well and we received quite a few nice photos over the past week of some really nice fish. Catfish have been mixed in everywhere people are catching crappie and walleye. If you are looking to target them specifically, try the Chicken Liver bait from Magic Products (our hottest bait in the shop this week!), or live shiners and nightcrawlers on the bottom.
Thanks for your support and good luck to all the anglers fishing the Ohio Walleye Federation Tournament on Berlin this weekend!