Despite the weather, this week's fishing improved drastically over last week with limits of white bass and crappie both being reported from the Mahoning river right down the street from us. The white bass run typically lasts until Mother's day but with the cooler weather we have had, we expect them to remain in the river on and off until just about the 15th of May. With the much warmer weather coming next week, that should push the rest of the fish up the river to complete the spawn.
Crappie: Crappie have been caught in bunches with many anglers reporting limits from mid to late week in the Mahoning river near the Gaskill stretch to the dam near Murphy's Muffler shop. Primarily, they are being caught on 1/16 oz jigs with Panfish Assassins, Bobby Garlands, or Cast Cray soft plastics. It's rare that these fish run with the white bass but they are both mixed in and it's a great time to target both species.
White Bass: The white bass have been caught in spurts, depending on the day and the weather patterns, but limits have been reported in the last 2 days. As the weather stabilizes from Sunday on, we expect the fishing to peak and the run to head to its conclusion. Road Runners and Rooster Tails continue to be the best performing baits, with Gulp Minnows also working well.
Wipers: Wipers have been caught on Berlin by anglers Trolling Flicker Shads towards the Southern end of the lake. They have also been caught in deeper water in Walborn and near the Deer Creek Spillway with Chicken Liver and larger soft plastics.