Fishermen began catching fish in late March and the fishing was steadily improving until a week of heavy rains muddied the water. Keeper crappies were being caught in good numbers along with a few bluegills. According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, a week of heavy rain created high water and extreme muddy conditions. Loramie has a large watershed sending heavy amounts of sediment into the lake when the tributaries are running. Fishing is expected to pick up as conditions improve and the weather stabilizes. Pan fishermen are using small jigs and plastic tails. 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 was producing fish. Cleaner water should be available in the pad beds as they continue to grow. The afternoon bite has been effective. Loramie is a user-friendly lake for bank fishermen. Large areas of good fishing is easily accessible by land and fish were being located all around the lake. Earl’s Island and Filburn’s are popular along with the 119 Bridge and Luthman Bridge areas.
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. Before the last big rain, at least one saugeye limit was reported below the spillway. Good catches of catfish have also been reported.