According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, the fishing is transitioning, and everyone is waiting for cooler temperatures. Die-hard fishermen at Lake Loramie are catching some panfish. Currently, crappies appear to be easier to catch than bluegills. Bluegills have to be hunted, but when found are decent size. Crappies are being caught at the bridges and in the Minster Branch. More keepers are being caught this year, and reports have the keeper ratio running at 50%. There have been crappie limits reported by fishermen who are spider rigging. Jigs and small plastics are popular for pan fish. Wax worms and spikes are often added to the combination and most bluegill fishermen use them consistently. Popular colors are black, chartreuse, pink, red, white and orange.
Catfishing has been exceptional and good eaters are being taken all around the lake. Bass minnows and night crawlers are the standby catfish bait. Catfishermen are fishing both tight line and using bobbers. There is always the chance of catching an occasional saugeye while catfishing. Bass fishing is still productive and some nice fish are being caught. The local Thursday night tournament on August 31 produced a 12-pound five-fish limit. There is little fishing activity below the spillway because of the new construction. Overall, Lake Loramie is in a normal fall transition period with fishing expected to pick up as the water temperatures fall. Predicted lower than average temperatures could speed up the process.
Of the area canal lakes, Lake Loramie is the most bank-fisherman friendly.