Anglers will find this weekend and the next the peak of the white bass run on Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County. I would predict April 25-28 as the peak of the run. Catches are already being reported as the smaller males are making their way upstream and the larger females will soon follow. While fishing was only fair this week expect a big upswing as sunny weather continues to warm up the water.
Small white bass are being reported caught in the lower reaches of Brush Creek south of the State Rte. 125 Bridge. The best fishing should be from Beasley Fork to the State Rte 348 Bridge. Also, a few good size sauger are being caught as well in that stretch.
Look for that fishing to improve in the next week. I’m also hearing reports that a few of the smaller side streams are giving up catches of spotted, smallmouth, and largemouth bass.
White bass were being caught on white Mepps and small crank baits. The creek was a little high at the lower end near Beasley Fork Bridge, but clear and is expected to drop slightly and should clear up even more by the weekend if no heavy rains are in the forecast.
While there is still good bank access to Ohio Brush Creek south of State Rte. 125, thanks in part to the Edge of Appalachia holdings along the creek, more and more “No Trespassing” signs are popping up in a disturbing trend. Anglers need to police themselves, ask permission and not leave bank litter which is unsightly to any property owner.
If you are looking to catch a few trout then the 48th Annual Shawnee Trout Derby is the place to be on Saturday April 26, when 2,500 trout are stocked in Turkey Creek Lake. For more information contact the Shawnee State Park office at (740) 858-6652.