Looking to sink your hook into some lips from a new spot? Sometimes its good to try out some foreign spots. Maybe your on a trip to the in-laws and you happen to be in my neck of the woods; I got you covered. Check out some of my prime time fishing spots from my frequents.
Lake La Su An
For fly fishers: Get your walking boots ready to go, there are countless small ponds and decent size lakes to fish no where near parking (which is good if you like to fish a 20 plus acre lake by yourself and can walk)
The Portage River
I love the weighted clouser minnows, crawfish patterns, wooly buggers, divers, poppers, all of these work as they should and really make this stream enjoyable to fish. On the DNR site has plenty of public boat launches for floating the river as well as public access via parks to climb into the river. I have heard that permission is needed to wade through much of the river due to private property and some have been cited so do your best to talk to landowners if you get carried away wading this beautiful spot.
PS> don't make any plans for that evening, you won't stop wading to the next fishing hole and like me may miss anything you have planned for later!
St. Joseph River Wildlife Area
In truth you really need live bait here to land a lot. On certain days the bass turn on and others they politely wave to your gear and stroll the other way. Trout stocked lake!
Van Wert Reservoir
Lures of interest: (my top 4)
- Rooster Tails
- Yellow bodied/ topped jigs
- Rubber Worms
- Black wet nymphs of different assortments
Bonus: This lake gets stocked with trout in the spring!
Below are two of my best catfish spots. If your lucky enough to have a boat you should check the area in the bottom picture.
Twin Creek (Near Gratis Ohio)
I have waded this stretch of the Twin creek for over ten years now and have gotten to know the spots holding prime smallmouth, rock bass, and blue gill. This feeder to the Little Miami has tremendous structure and clarity. The deepest points barely go over head with 98% of it perfectly wadable. Just slip on your best crap tennis shoes or water shoes and enjoy a day wading from bridge to bridge stocking up on fish and whatever else you bring. Great wildlife all along the creek. Grab a rooster tail or your best flamboyant dry flies and have a ball.