They say that water is so low at Mosquito Creek Reservoir in Trumbull County that even the catfish now have fleas.
Likely the water level has not disappeared that much at the popular 7,850-acre though it has shriveled enough to close two public boat launches. That is, so far.
These ramps are: The Ohio State Park ramp off Rt. 88 on the east side of the lake, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ramp on the east side of the lake off Rt. 305.
Still open, however, and for now anyway, is the main state park marina boat launch. This site is located also off Rt. 305 but on the east side of the impoundment.
Presently, Mosquito Reservoir is down 3 1/2 below normal summer pool. And things could become worse for both boaters and anglers.
“From what I’ve heard from the Corps, without rain the reservoir could go down one foot a month,” said Jackie King, Mosquito Creek State park’s assistant manager. “Boaters have to be careful, careful, careful.”
No one is more disappointed than Jim Tunder, owner of the One Stop Fishing Shop in Auburn Township.
Tunder is planning on fishing a bass-fishing tournament there Saturday. Any low water will make the bite particularly different since Mosquito Reservoir is a shallow enough lake as it is, Thunder says.
“It’s not a good thing,” Tunder said. “We need rain, but what are you going to do?”
Worse, said Tunder, the bass fishing was outstanding there earlier in the year.
“The size wasn’t great but the numbers were phenomenal,” Tunder said.
And for boater-anglers, Tunder agrees with King that care in navigating will be required.
“Some of those rock piles and such weren’t all that far underwater to begin with,” he said.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn