Lake Medina Surprises Me with a 30″ Northern Pike

Lake Medina is a sizable, beautiful lake where you do not need a fishing license to enjoy it waters. The water is clear, the shored are rocky, and there’s a huge amount of space to shore fish. Kayaks can be put in on the northern side of the lake — although it is about a 500-foot haul from the parking lot just off Granger Road. (I have not clue what the southern side of the lake looks like. I never made it there.)

When we arrived around 9am, my eyes popped—a couple of largemouth bass a short distance from the shore! And bluegill and other panfish immediately began hitting worm on bobber.

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Yes, There Are Fish to Catch at Lock 3 in Akron!


This downtown Akron spot is in for the performance space, Children’s Museum, and bars. But Lock 3 has a canal (hence the name) and its still spots have fish: bass, bluegill, catfish, and more.

A bobber and worm works, as does a 2.5″ Gulp minnow on a small jig head. I caught this fish on my daughter’s pink-purple Zebco rod. No need for heavy line or tackle here. The water is no deeper than 4 feet. 8-pound line is a happy medium. (Yes, you could use 10-pound or 12-pound, or 4-pound or 6-pound, although the latter two might bust if a big bass hits it. You do have to pull the fish up 12-feet or so to get it out of the canal.)

Gulp 2.5″ minnow: https://amzn.to/2L9DMLA
1/4″ jigheads: https://amzn.to/2upatv7
8-pound monofilament: https://amzn.to/2uoY368

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Entryway to Lock 3 in Akron, Ohio.

Catching bluegill and sunfish with shrimp


Earthworms are terrific for catching panfish. But what to do when you do not have a bait shop nearby and can’t dig any up (maybe you live in an apartment)?

Sure, I have heard folks sing the praises of boxed mashed potatoes. They have not worked for me—the potato tends to fall apart when the hook hits the water. I have reworked the consistency a bunch of time—and I’m done with that.

My new go-to bait is shrimp. I buy frozen, peeled shrimp—a container of 36 ran about $10. Each shrimp can be lopped into maybe a dozen tiny pieces that fit snugly on little size 8 snelled hooks.

Here’s the math for the value proposition: $10 / 36*12=432 pieces of bait = 2.3 cents per piece of bait. Bargain!

I only need to thaw three or four shrimp at a time—which can easily be done by soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes.

Shrimp also endures the nibbling by small panfish very well.

What more can you ask? Shrimp is cheap, you can have it on hand year round, and it work ridiculously well. Give it a shot.

Fish I Have Caught in the C&O Canal in Washington, DC

It is the simplest of rigs: monofilament line tied to a modest swivel, then attach a trim bobber 6 inches above it and put an Eagle Claw snelled hook (size 6) on. Put a worm on (put the hook through both ends and the middle), and cast and watch.

I have had the following fish strike this rig and bait: bluegill, sunfish, large-mouth bass, channel catfish, and a carp.

The map above shows where I have had success—but don’t feel obliged to try only there. Fish run through the canal, which runs from Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. Wherever one finds a bridge or a fallen tree or brush in the water—those are good places to cast your bait.

One question I sometimes get is, “How can fish be in the canal?” Simple: the canal connects to Rock Creek and the Potomac River—so the fish in the latter two end up in the canal.

Bike/walking/running trails (former towpaths) run along the canal—so if you fish one spot and find it wanting, move along!

Kosar large-mouth bass 04-2017

Photo credit: Craig Furuta.

Scoring Bluegill, Pumpkin Seeds, Small-mouth Bass, and Channel Catfish Near DuPont Circle

kevin-kosar-dupont-circle-fishing-10-2016Talk about urban fishing!

One can fish Rock Creek under the Lauzun’s Legion Bridge. There’s a slab where one can drop a line into the water about eight feet below. Pumpkinseed are plentiful, and bluegill also can be found. (Both can be used as bait for catfish.) They hit worms very hard, and can be landed with bread or dough balls too. A bobber can scare them away, so consider just dangling your bait in there and watching them come and strike.

Go here when the weather is above 50 degrees, otherwise you may not find fish here—the water is only a few feet deep. (Come winter fish move to deeper water that is less brisk.)

I have frequently seen small-mouth bass and small catfish (maybe 15 inches) in the water, but they have proven very leary to respond to the various lures and baits I have tossed their way.

Fishing Four Mile Run and Gravelly Point Article

The August 2012 copy of the Washingtonian magazine carried this helpful article: https://www.washingtonian.com/2012/08/07/fish-tales/ It also had this below map.

Regarding Four Mile Run, the guys on FishBrain advise working the area near the Toyota Dealership (3750 Jefferson Davis Highway) for bass and bluegill (stay on the surface—plenty of snags below!), and another local angler advises fishing a not-long walk west in front of the water treatment plant (3400 Glebe, roughly), whose waters often are warmer (winter) and cooler (summer) than the surrounding water.

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.