Paint Creek Lake
Crappie - When crappie fishing in the summer, look for cover - woods or rocks - near or on
the old creek channel banks. Trolling for crappie is becoming more popular especially
during the summer. Again, stay near or on the creek channel banks. For trolling, use
twisters or jigs - chartreuse, chartreuse and black or chartreuse and blue are good colors to
try. For stationary fishing, minnows work well along with twisters, tubes or jigs. Remember
there is a daily limit of 30 and a minimum size of 9 inches.
Bass - Fishing near or on the old creek channel banks is most productive during the
summer. Look for points of structure. Artificial worms or crank baits work well and also live
nightcrawlers. Night fishing can be very good. Try zoom baby brush hogs in 2 to 6 feet of
water. 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 just about anywhere in the lake.
White Bass - Look for white bass feeding on shad on the surface. Ease up to them and
cast inline spinners (rooster tails, mepps, etc.) or small crank baits.
Catfish - Fish on the flats just off the creek channels in 5 to 10 feet of water. Nightcrawlers
or cut bait work well.
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
Summer fishing in the tailwaters is normally very good for crappies, bluegills, saugeyes and
catfish. Use minnows below a bobber or twisters or tubes for the crappies. Use wax worms
for bluegills. Fish with twister tails or minnows for the saugeyes. Remember saugeyes have
a daily limit of six. Use nightcrawlers or liver to catch channel cats. For the shovelhead
(flathead) Catfish, use large minnows, chubs or goldfish.
Thanks to Leon & Jean Cole of Coles Bait and Tackle, Bainbridge, Ohio for the fishing reports!