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Lake Information for Mosquito Lake


Mosquito Lake was constructed in 1944 by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers when they dammed Mosquito Creek nine miles upstream from Niles. The primary purpose of this project was flood control, domestic water supply, and discharge regulation for industrial water supply and pollution dilution. This 7,241-acre lake is part of Mosquito Lake State Park. The maximum depth is 24 feet. Boats are allowed and there is no horsepower limitation. However, there is a "no wake" restriction which extends 300 feet from the shoreline. Also, north of the State Route 88 causeway, there is a 10 mile per hour speed limit for boaters. The fish populations in Mosquito Lake are managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Fishing Description: 

Fish species that are found in Mosquito Lake include walleye, largemouth bass, Northern pike, bluegill, black and white crappie, white bass, yellow perch, flathead and channel catfish, and brown bullhead. Walleye are stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife. The walleye and crappie fishery at Mosquito Lake is generally as good as any inland fishery in Ohio.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Walleye are taken by drifting, trolling, or casting. Nightcrawler harnesses, minnows, crankbaits, and jigs are all effective for tempting walleye. Northern pike are most readily caught in March and April using large shiners, spoons, or crankbaits. Largemouth bass and bluegill can be captured close to shore, especially during the spring and again in the fall. Spinner baits, surface lures, and plastic worms all are good choices for largemouth bass. Waxworms, maggots, or small worms will usually entice the bluegill to bite. A small hook (#10 or smaller) is the best bet for successful bluegill fishing. Yellow perch may be caught on worms or minnows. White bass may be captured relatively close to shore from spring through fall. Shrimp, nightcrawlers, or chicken liver are preferred baits for channel catfish. A sliding sinker rig, using a swivel to keep the weight from hitting the hook (such as what would be used for fishing for bass with plastic worms) will work well. A #4 hook is a preferred size to use for catfish. Trotlines and floatlines may be used between the State Route 88 causeway and with Division of Wildlife refuge buoys to the north.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Catfish Family
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