Paint Creek Lake
LATE FALL AND WINTER FISHING:
The Corp of Engineers lowers the lake 10.5 ft. for the winter. The draw down is
approximately 5.25 ft. in October and 5.25 ft. in November. The only boat ramp you
will be able to use to launch a boat will be the ramp at the Paint Creek Marina
(Deer Park Road). The lake will be returned to normal level in April.
Crappie - Winter crappie fishing can often be excellent. Look for them on channel banks
around wood (stumps, logs or lay-downs). Campgrounds and the area that used to be the
pioneer farm are two of the better areas in the lake to try. Minnows work well and also black
and chartreuse or blue and chartreuse tubes or tails. Remember there is a daily limit of 30
and a minimum size of 9 inches.
Channel Catfish - Catfish can be caught during the winter especially if the water is rising.
Fish the creek arms 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
Saugeye - Excellent numbers can be caught in late fall, winter and early spring. Use twister
tails. Chartreuse with red glitter is a good color. Tipping with a minnow may increase your
catch rate. Remember there is no minimum size , but there is a daily limit of 6.
Crappie - Use minnows or twister tails.
Channel Catfish - Use nightcrawlers.
Thanks to Leon & Jean Cole of Coles Bait and Tackle, Bainbridge, Ohio for the fishing reports!