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I went fishing at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon,OH yesterday morning. I got there at about 6:15AM and the first couple hours I was there it was dead quiet. I'd have to say it was too dead quiet because the bites were at a minimum. I had a line cast deep with a crawler off the bottom via my heavy action rod, while in the shallower water between the end of the pier and the shore I had a bobber, with the wind and current blowing towards where I was standing at the end of the pier that's shaped like a T. That's where the couple bites I had came until I decided to pull in the bobber and try my ultra lights along the pier with waxworms.
Having done that at about 8:30AM or so I soon found the bluegills hiding out. I caught a couple small bluegills right off the bat, but just about a foot below the surface and not near the bottom like I would find at a similar style pier at Sterling State Park in Monroe, MI.
After a little bit of a pause about 9:30AM I switched to panfish worms since I had run out of the few waxworms I had left I caught another small bluegill, which I decided to try something out. I brought in my heavy action pole, and decided to rig it with the small bluegill and see what happened. While waiting on that I caught an almost hand sized bluegill and a small white bass. I also foul hooked a fish I can't properly identify. I didn't take a picture of it, but it had a forked tail and a blunt snout and was silver in color. It wasn't a white bass, their mouths are in front of their mouth. It wasn't a sheephead, it didn't have the forehead like a sheephead. The only thing I could come up with is an oversized shiner or chub. This fish was about 4-5" long. Any guesses? After taking the hook out from under it's gill flap (yeah, I really foul hooked it LOL) I released it.
After using what panfish worms I could use since most were cooked I decided to toss my medium action rod into the shallow water around 11:30AM for ghits and siggles, Well, where I cast it I managed to find THE one spot in the lagoon that had a snag. After a few attempts to free it I decided to go to the tackle box to find a knife so I can cut the line. When I went back to the pole, I tried reeling in as much line as I can because I'm cheap like that, but instead of expecting only to get a couple turns of the reel of line out I kept reeling in line, like it wasn't even snagged. Not to mention it felt like I was bringing something in. Come to find out I caught another bluegill, not real big but probably the half the size of my hand. I tossed it back but the son of a gun got a lot of thanks for unsnagging my line.
After that I decided to call it a day at about noon. I can't complain, I caught some fish and the weather was nice. The sun shined throughout and the winds were coming from the SW at not a bad clip.
 

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Sounds like a nice, relaxing day of drowning some worms :D.

I was gonna guess sheephead on the one you snagged, but your further description ruled that out. Maybe a creek chub?
 

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Sounds like a nice, relaxing day of drowning some worms :D.

I was gonna guess sheephead on the one you snagged, but your further description ruled that out. Maybe a creek chub?
It was really relaxing. Like I said, it was quiet and pretty calm. Even the water was almost like glass the whole time I was there.
I was thinking maybe creek chub, but haven't done much searching...yet. First glance has it being a sheephead because of the snout, but I don't recall sheepheads having a forked tail like this fish had.
 

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Sounds like it might be a buffalo..
Actually the other day I did some searching and it ended up being a species I had heard of and thought it might've been but had never really come close to before that day. It was a gizzard shad. So needless to say that I caught myself a new species, to me anyways. Had never caught a gizzard shad before this year.
 

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Sound like you had a great morning on the lake. Catching them is always secondary! ;)
 

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It was quite the fine day that day. I'm aiming, weather permitting, to head over there Sunday-my next day off work. I'll keep you posted on if I do go there and how I do that day.
But the question is: What is considered a good sized gizzard shad?
 

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Are the lagoons at Maumee Bay State Park landlocked or do the connect to Lake Erie? Also, has anyone ice fished them? Thanks!

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Are the lagoons at Maumee Bay State Park landlocked or do the connect to Lake Erie? Also, has anyone ice fished them? Thanks!

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As far as I know, the lagoon that you see that's part of the beach and has the two fishing piers is connected to Lake Erie. There's a boat channel if I'm not mistaken that connects the lagoon to Lake Erie. It has been a little while since I've done some walking around but I'm pretty sure that's the case.
As far as the ice fishing question goes, I don't ever really go there during the cold weather months so I can't really answer that for you. I don't see why you couldn't ice fish there given there's some nice enough ice in the lagoon. There's plenty of bluegills, crappies, gizzard shad, and white bass to be had and I know there's also largemouth/smallmouth bass and channel cats. Those are the fish I've caught there, but I've seen carp jumping and I don't see why you couldn't get a hold of a sheephead, northern pike, or yellow bullhead there as well. About the only fish that I can think of that I haven't run into there for one reason or another are muskie and longnose gars. Why there aren't gars there I have no idea.
 
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