SALEM - Since opening on April 22 the bass have been hitting while crappie and perch have also been landed at the Salem Lake, according to lake attendant Jeff Greenfield.
On opening day, a Leetonia fisherman hauled in 15 bass between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. which all ranged from 12 to 15 inches, he said.
The lake has a limit of four bass per day, so the fisherman had to release much of his catch.
Also on opening day, a Lisbon fisherman caught seven crappie and two perch while the same Leetonia fisherman returned on April 25 and caught another three bass.
Greenfield said the perch were between eight and 10 inches.
"They seem to be catching more in the morning," he said, adding the usual water fowl like Canadian geese, ducks and blue herons are back.
Lake attendance doesn't start picking up until the warm weather kicks in but the true die-hard fishermen and women don't let a little rain bother them.
The lake opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. (dusk) six days a week and is closed on Mondays except for Monday holidays.
No swimming is allowed, and no canoes.
A daily fishing pass for 15-year-olds and up is $5 a day; for 13 and 14-year-olds it is $3 a day.
Seasonal individual passes are $40; and family (up to five) seasonal passes are $50 a year.
Additions to the family pass are $6 per person.
The lake is open until the last Sunday in September.
The Salem Parks Department operates the lake under the supervision of the Utilities Department.
There are 18 boats that can be rented for $2.50 per hour each or for a maximum six hours from $36 a day to $45 per day based on an hourly charge for each piece of equipment - boat, motor, or battery that is rented.
To get to the lake from Salem, take Depot Road south for approximately 4.5 miles to Teegarden Road and turn left and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to Gamble Road.
Turn south onto Gamble Road and travel approximately one mile to the lake's main entrance.
For information, call 330-222-2609.