Bluegill, Sunfish, Large-mouth Bass, and Small-mouth Bass Fishing In Silver Lake, Ohio, July 5, 2016

This lovely, private lake —you cannot get in unless you are a member or a guest of a member—has a little dock that one can fish off, and rowboats and kayaks may be borrowed for free.

There are lots of lilly pads, but the seaweed is not bad. The sunfish and bluegills are plentiful, and love little hotdog chunks (bobbered or not). In three hours we landed about 10 sunfish, along with a small mouth bass. The catfish lines put out there (hot dog, shad, cat-chow bait) got no bites. (A 16-inch catfish did hang around the dock, trailing a rig and line from its mouth.) A young boy near me caught a 12-inch large-mouth bass on bobber and hot dog chunk.

This advice came from Robert Heydorn, who knows the lake better than anyone:

“It’s mainly a bass lake, largemouth bass to be specific. It also has bluegill and sunfish and black crappie and channel catfish. If you want to fish for the bass he recommends 7 inch plastic worms that are dark colored on a Texas rig. The kids can fish off the dock with little bits of hot dog on a 12 or 14 inch hook using a bobber. Walmart also sells bait now and they have a red worms or wax worms which they called butter worms that he says are really good. For catfish, I use hot dogs, but others use store-bought catfish bait, chunks of old chicken or liver, or night crawlers. Off the dock you can catch lots of panfish and occasional bass. Catfish in the evening. Bass better then too. If he is bass fishing in a boat, tell him to hit the edges of the lilly pads all around the lake.” It was great fun to fish here and I would enjoy trying to work the lake from one of the rowboats.

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Small-mouth bass caught from the dock at Crystal Lake.


Catfishing and Bluegill Fishing in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, July 4, 2016

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Front Street dock on the Cuyahoga River. Source:


We fished from the nice t-shaped dock at 1160 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. The dock itself was a mere 5 minute walk from the ample parking lot.

This outing was a major disappointment. We were well-rigged for channel catfish (hot dog, shad, cat-chow bait) and got nothing in 2+ hours.

We caught one tiny bluegill on bobbered red worm, and whiffed in our attempts to get bass bites on rubber worms. The others fishing from the dock also got only small bluegill, and few at that.

Possibly, there is a good fishing spot not far from this location. I have have read a couple reports about good bass fishing near the Ohio Edison Dam.

Sunfish and Blue Gill Fishing In Akron, Ohio, July 2-6, 2016

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Virginia Kendall Lake is located just outside Cuyahoga Falls. One can set the GPS for Kamper City RV sales, and then turn left on Kendall Park Road. Wind down the hill until you see the sign on the left for Kendall Lake.

The lake was reopened in 2014 after being closed for dredging and other “hydrologic” issues.

It is extremely weed-choked, both on the surface and below it. I could not bass-fish even with a Texas rigged worm, but let’s be honest—I am a very amateur bass fisherman. No doubt someone more skilled could work the lake and might score something.

We fished from the dock (left side) and aimed for a couple of nearby weed-free spots, and bobbered. Red worms and nightcrawlers were taken by Sunfish like crazy one morning. (Hot dogs bits were not much loved.) We had 8 fish (7 sunfish and 1 blue gill) in 2.5 hours and plenty of bait thefts. A very small hook is best—an Eagle Claw #6 or #8—as is very light line (4- or 6-pound). Sunfish will bite on a number of baits (including corn and maggots), but one needs to use a small amount and keep it tight on the hook since bluegills and sunfish are nibblers who will push bait around, suck it in their mouths, spit it out, etc.

At the end of the day, the sunfish were very cautious—they seldom took bobbered bait and we had to remove the bobber and manual chuck the line in the water. I was wishing I had a fly rod at that point. But, hand-chucking the line and bait in the water worked—the splash caught their attention, then little tugs drew hits. Sunfish will bottom feed, and these ones did often.

Do bring small needle-nosed pliers, as sunfish and bluegill have small mouths and often suck the hooks deep, making extraction challenging.

Kendall Lake is a fine place to take a 4- to 8-year old child for quick thrills, or if you yourself just enjoy bagging sunfish.

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