Good Morning! Surface temps are at 78 degrees with water levels just about 1 foot below normal. Here is to hoping the water levels hold! It’s nice to write that the water levels are still close to normal in August!
1) Nightcrawler Harnesses
2) Berkley Powerbait MaxScent Soft Plastics
3) Panfish Assassins
Gold, Purple and Black
Maxscent Soft Plastics:
1) Blue Fleck, June Bug in Shaky head Worms and Dropshot Worms
Purple Ice, Mississippi Hippie, Chartreuse Silver Fleck
Last weekend moving into the beginning of this week, big crappie were being caught in the Mahoning River near the dam and anglers with kayaks were also getting good sized fish closer to the Greenbower and Rockhill area on both minnows and Panfish Assassins. The 224 bridge and 14 bridges have had a few fish scatter in and out throughout the week as well.
With our assortment of bass tackle increasing, we are beginning to get more and more reports on both largemouth and smallmouth fishing. Smallmouth have been caught on Ned rigs near structure with larger bodied Green Pumpkin tubes also pulling in some fish. Slower presentations have been more successful with most of the weights being used ranging from 1/10 oz to 1/4 oz. Largemouth have been doing much better in the evenings and early mornings on topwater baits as well as drop shot worms. Smaller 4″ worms have been better for drop shotting and topwater frogs have been the most popular baits for evening fishing.
Walleye are still being mixed in with most anglers getting 1-2 fish in 3 hour sessions on Berlin. We did however see a two man limit earlier this week caught in the morning near the North End (Bonner Road ramp) caught trolling #9 Flicker Minnows. Target 13-15′ of water with crawler harnesses or Bigger Crankbaits (Perfect 10s, Bandit Walleye Deeps, Flicker Minnows). Keep in mind a number 5 flicker shad 150 feet back will only dive 9 feet!
Catfish are still being caught almost everywhere. Our most popular baits have been Garlic and Strawberry shrimp as well as nightcrawlers.
Wipers are typically mixed in with catfish near the Deer Creek Spillway and are also being caught trolling in 7-10 feet of water.