According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, a lot of fishermen are hunting fish and good numbers of bluegills and crappies are being located. Most of the keeper crappies are now running 9-10 inches. Good numbers of 7-8 inch bluegills are also being caught. Boat fishermen are doing better since they can cover more area. Fishing is expected to be good as 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. Fish are also being found in the pads where boat fishermen are using long crappie poles to get close to the bank. Some crappies are still spawning according to fishermen reports. The evening bite seems to produce the best. 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. The nitro green live nightcrawlers have produced saugeye. Good catches of channel catfish and bullheads have also been reported. Bass fishing has been good according to local tournament fishermen. Five-fish limits over 10 pounds are not uncommon.
Breanna Parks of Sidney, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Spillway Bait and Tackle