Cold Weather Doesn't Hurt Fishing


The trout were stocked at Lake Isabella on March 1 and a nice crowd of fisherman quickly found the right bait to catch them on. Snow flurries were flying that Friday afternoon, but the fish didn’t seem to mind. Anglers caught them on live minnows and Little Cleo spoons.

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Another 400 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in Lake Isabella this Friday. With warmer temperatures in our forecast, it should be a little more comfortable on the fishermen. Keep in mind that sunny afternoons will begin to warm the water, and the fish will become more aggressive. Live bait will still be a good choice, but for those anglers who enjoy artificial lures, the action will really improve. Little Cleo spoons will produce bites, as will in-line spinners. Rooster Tails work well, but be sure to experiment with colors until you find what they prefer.

Miami Whitewater Forest Lake opens this Friday, March 8 at 8:00 AM. Trout are not stocked in this lake, but it does boast a healthy population of bluegill and crappie that are easily caught in cold water. We are also likely to see several giant catfish caught. The bluecats get really active at first ice-off. Cut bait like shad, Skip-Jack or bluegills will work. The shallow end of the lake near the golf course will hold the biggest population of big cats early in the spring.

Plan now to try your luck in our first Panfish Cup Tournament of the year on March 16 at Miami Whitewater Forest Lake. Entry fees are $40.00 per two person team/per tournament, which includes your boat rental. An Ohio fishing license is required to fish. Prizes will be awarded to the top three place teams, based on total weight of bluegill and crappie caught. The winning team will also receive a $25.00 gift card to Bass Pro Shops.

Mark your calendars! Winton Woods Boathouse will open on Friday, March 15 and Sharon Woods Boathouse opens for the season on Saturday, March 30. An Ohio fishing license is required at both of these lakes.

Neal Ramsey, District Recreation Manager