Grand Lake Bait & Tackle reports fishing is starting to transition as the average air and water temperatures drop. According to reports, experienced fishermen are catching fish along the rocky shorelines picking up mostly crappies and an occasional keeper bluegill. Minnows are popular. The morning and even bites are producing more fish, but good fishermen who hunt fish are picking them up at other times of the day. Reports from fishermen that shoot pontoons are positive. Smaller keepers make up the majority of fish. Most fishermen are using jigs tipped with plastic tails. Multi-colored tails are popular. Chartreuse is the standby color. Wax worms and spikes are occasionally added to the combination. It’s important to change depths regularly and a good idea to start shallow and work deeper.
Catfishing has been excellent at St. Marys. The winning six-fish limits haven’t been as heavy as in the past but have remained solid. The August winning weight for six fish was 37 plus pounds. Bass fishing has been more difficult with warmer temperatures, but fishing is expected to pick up as the water cools and the fish start the fall feed. There have also been spotty reports of perch being caught. Perch stockings since 2012 should be providing some keeper fish.
The water level is good and currently close to normal measured at the West Bank spillway cut. Water quality advisories are still posted. Overall, fishermen are waiting for cooler temperatures.