Fishermen have enjoyed open water since mid-March and are hunting and finding fish. Bluegills are running 7-8 inches and keeper crappies are also being caught in good numbers. According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, white crappies were the first to show up and now more blacks are being taken. Small jigs and plastic tails are popular. Most fishermen tip these baits with wax worms or spikes. Chartreuse and purple are good starting colors. Fishermen are taking fish off wood and rocks. Fishing on the edge of pad beds or directly over the pad stems is producing fish. The afternoon bite has been effective. Loramie is a use-friendly lake for bank fishermen. Large areas of good fishing is easily accessible by land and fish are being located all around the lake. Earl’s Island and Filburn’s have been popular along with the 119 Bridge and Luthman Bridge areas.
Saturated ground and a large watershed can muddy Loramie quickly. When the water is running, fishing below the new spillway has produced some saugeye fishing. Various swim baits are popular. Fishermen sometimes tip these baits with minnows. Fishing is expected to improve as the water warms and the weather settles. Good catches of catfish have also been reported.