Keeper crappies were being caught in good numbers along with a few bluegills before heavy spring rains set in. According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, muddy water is making crappie fishing difficult but fish are being caught once found. Some bluegills are also being caught. Boat fishermen are doing better since they can cover more area. 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. Minnows are currently being used and effective in turbid water. Fishermen are taking fish off wood and rocks. The crappies are close to spawn or spawning according to some of the fishermen. Loramie is a use-friendly lake for bank fishermen. Large areas of good fishing are easily accessible by land and fish can be located all around the lake.
When the water is running, fishing below the new spillway has produced some saugeye fishing. Various swim baits are popular. Tight-line fishermen sometimes tip floating jigs with minnows. Good catches of channel catfish and bullheads have also been reported. Bass fishing has been spotty according to local tournament fishermen.
Breanna Parks of Sidney, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Spillway Bait and Tackle