Ottawa State Fishing Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method, Location
Largemouth Bass Fair 1-4 pounds

We collected improved numbers during the May 2017 sample with fish up to 19 inches represented.  The fish were found along the west shore from the middle jetty south to the boat ramp as well as in the two shallow creek arms.  The fish are in excellent shape and should provide some nice bass angling. 

The fish will be tougher to catch now with the cool water, but anglers can catch them using soft plastics, Ned rigs, spinnerbaits, and jig and pig combos.

Bluegill Fair 4 to 6 Inches Look for bluegill around the rocks on the piers and around any brush in the water. Worms and small jigs are a good bet.  These guys can be caught throughout the year using a variety of techniques.  Some anglers prefer to fly fish with small nymphys or dry flies fished on the surface.
Channel Catfish Fair 12-25 inches

Good numbers of stocked channel catfish are available to anglers using typical catfish techniques.  In the fall, the fish can be found lake wide and will often bite on chicken liver, shad sides, shad gizzards, and stink bait. 

We collected a nice sample of catfish this fall with better numbers found on the upper end and along the east bank.

We stocked another 5,000 channel catfish in August 2017!!!

Saugeye Fair 12-24 inches

Saugeye numbers are good, but most are less than 18 inches. Our fall 2017 sample indicated approximately 25% of the population is greater than the minimum length limit. Most will be caught on shad imitation baits, or jig and a worm.  

We found the best numbers on the upper half of the reservoir in 4-5 feet of water while test netting this fall.  Diet studies indicate they are feeding heavily on gizzard shad this time of year.

Crappie Good Most 8-12 inches

Crappie numbers are stable, so angling will be fair to good on jigs and minnows along the dam and near brush and rocks.  There are a lot of 8-10 inch crappie right now, but fish between 12 and 14 inches can also be caught. 

Winter is also a good time to catch some crappie.  They will begin to move into shallower water and concentrate around rocky shorelines and brushy areas.  Anglers can catch them using jigs, minnows, and jigs tipped with minnows.

General Comments
Water temperature: 42ºF

In August, we really beefed up the two brush piles near the dam and another brush pile near the middle of the lake.  We will come back and mark these with buoys in the near future, but anglers should begin to see success fishing around this new habitat.  Approximately 60-70 large cedar trees were added to the existing fish attractors.


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