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The Findlay reservoirs are located southeast of the city of Findlay, Ohio (approx. 50 mi south of Toledo). Reservoir 1 has a surface area of 186 acres and a capacity of 1.4 billion gallons. The bottom is relatively flat with depths ranging from 20 to 28 feet and an average depth of 24 feet. There is little aquatic vegetative cover.â€¨â€¨ Findlay Reservoir 2 has a surface area of 645 acres and capacity of approximately 5 billion gallons, making it the largest upground reservoir in Ohio. The bottom is relatively flat but has considerably more variation than Reservoir 1 with depths ranging from 16 to 33 feet and an average depth of 24 feet. Both reservoirs are open to public fishing through a cooperative agreement between the city of Findlay and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.â€¨â€¨â€¨The fish populations in both reservoirs include walleye, yellow perch, white bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, and bullheads. â€¨Ice fishing is frequently very good at Findlay Reservoir and is permitted at your own risk. Avoid inlet and outlet structure areas. Jigging spoons or ice lures are effective for walleye and channel catfish. A live minnow fished through the ice is also effective for walleye. Yellow perch, bluegill, and crappie are caught readily through the ice using larval baits such as mousies, wax worms and wigglers on ice flies. â€¨â€¨Spring is a good time to fish for nearly all species. Spawning fish frequently come close to shore in the spring and can be caught by shore fishing. Drift fishing or trolling shorelines near the bottom is effective for walleye, yellow perch, bass, and channel catfish. When fish are not spawning, locate them in deep water areas and troll or drift over them.â€¨â€¨ Walleye can usually be caught on minnows, deep running lures, weighted spinners tipped with a worm or a worm harness with a night crawler. In April, walleye can also be caught using jigs tipped with twister tails, tube baits, night crawlers, or leeches. Drift fish or troll deep-water areas at night during summer and fall seasons.â€¨â€¨ Yellow perch can be found in the same areas as walleye and the best baits to try are minnows and larval baits fished near the bottom.â€¨â€¨ White bass are generally found in schools throughout the reservoirs and they frequently feed near the surface in open water or along the shoreline, especially during the summer evenings. Try minnows and crayfish. Boat fishermen also have good success trolling or casting around structure. â€¨â€¨Bluegill fishing is best in Reservoir 2 by fishing tree structures and around cover near the inlet and outlet structures. A particularly effective technique is to use slip bobbers fishing wax worms and varying the depth until you catch them.â€¨â€¨ Channel catfish fishing is usually best during late spring and summer. Use night crawlers and cut bait. Be advised bow fishing is allowed from boats only.