Paint Creek Lake
Only the Deer Park boat ramp can be used when the lake is at winter pool. On April 1st, the
Corps of Engineers will usually start bringing the lake up. It normally takes one to two weeks to
reach summer pool, depending on the amount of rain. Of course, at summer pool all boat
ramps are open.
Crappie - Spring crappie fishing is usually quite good. Look for wood (stumps or lay downs) in
4 to 12 feet of water. In early spring, the vast majority of the fish will be caught out of the
northern end of the lake because the water warms faster in the two creek arms. Plum Run
near the beach is also a good area to try. Minnows and jigs both work well. Chartreuse, black
and chartreuse or blue and chartreuse are good colors to choose. Remember there is a daily
limit of 30 and a minimum size of 9 inches.
Bass – Bass fishing is good along the rocky channel banks and on stumps using a variety of
baits – black and blue jigs, spinner baits, 6 inch worms, crank baits, etc. Remember the bass
regulations for Paint Creek Lake are - two less than 15 inches and two 15 inches or over for a
daily limit of four.
Bluegill - Use wax worms around wood.
White Bass – White bass will be moving up into the creek arms. Use twister tails or inline
Catfish – Catfishing is slow right now. Try fishing in 4 to 6 feet of water on the flats using
nightcrawlers or cut shad.
Paint Creek Lake Tailwaters:
Remember that Paint Creek Lake was built for flood control. Water levels can vary in the lake
as well as in the tailwaters - especially after heavy rainfall or snowfall. Call the Corps of
Engineers at (937)365-1167 for a recording with current lake and tailwater conditions.
Fishing in the tailwaters for saugeye and crappie is good. Use minnows or charteuse with red
glitter and twister tails for saugeye. Remember saugeyes have a daily limit of six. Use minnows
or charteuse jigs or twisters for the crappie. Catfish can be caught on nightcrawlers, minnows
Thanks to Leon & Jean Cole of Coles Bait and Tackle, Bainbridge, Ohio for the fishing reports!