Spring is slow getting here, water depth is above normal, and fish are generally cooperating. Crappies need to be located, but when found, good fishermen are catching big fish. The lake is settling into a typical early spring fishing scenario where rapid weather fronts can turn fishing off or on in a matter of hours. Since bank fishing spots are at a premium at St. Marys, the popular spots receive constant pressure. Boat fishermen have a definite advantage. Fishermen are using jigs and plastic tails. Chartreuse and black is a good starting color combination. Tri-color tails are popular. Minnows can also be very effective on finicky fish. Fish are being found in deeper water over wood structure. Aluminum lifts produce a lot of fish. Other specialty methods of fishing are also being employed. Shooting pontoons is effective, but many aren’t in the water yet because of the weather. Look for out-of-state fishermen to be slow-trolling the channels. The Crappie USA Super Tournament will be held April 27-28 with $10,000 in guaranteed prize money.
Catfishermen are catching a lot of nice fish. Quality fishing was evident at the April Cat Master Classic tournament. It took a six-fish limit of 39.25 for the win. 2nd through 4th place had limits over 36 pounds. Bass fishermen are also starting to produce some decent fish. The new boat ramp located just west of the Auglaize/Mercer County Road between St. Rt. 219 and the lake provides easy access to the main lake from the south side. This is a quality two-ramp facility with a large parking area.