Paint Creek Lake
The Corps 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.
LATE FALL AND WINTER FISHING:
Crappie - Winter crappie fishing can often be excellent. Look for on channel banks around
wood (stumps, logs or lay-downs). Campground and the old pioneer farm area (close to the
Horsemen’s Camp) 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:
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.
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.
Thanks to Leon & Jean Cole of Coles Bait and Tackle, Bainbridge, Ohio for the fishing reports!