Nimisila Reservoir

Current Temperature:

Est Water Temperature:
57° (What's This)

Barometric Pressure:
0.00 (Falling)

Wind Speed:
West at 05 Knots (6 MPH)

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Nimisila Reservoir General Information
Welcome to Nimisila Reservoir fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Nimisila Reservoir water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!


Nimisila Lake is located in southeastern Summit County and is approximately 2 miles south of State Route 619, 2 miles east of State Route 93, and 2.5 miles west of State Route 241. The entire lake is surrounded by county roads.

Nimisila Lake was constructed during 1936 and 1937 by the Ohio Department of Public Works, with labor supplied by the WPA Its primary purpose at that time was to maintain a constant water supply in the Portage Lakes for industrial use. A gate valve at the northwestern end of the lake regulates the amount of water which is released into the Portage Lakes. This 742-acre lake is part of Portage Lakes State Park. The maximum depth is 30 feet. Boats are allowed with electric motors only. The fish populations in Nimisila Lake are managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Fish species that are found in Nimisila Lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, walleye, yellow perch, channel catfish, brown bullhead, and redear sunfish. Walleye fingerlings (1”+) are stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife. Channel catfish yearlings (9”+) are stocked during odd-numbered years. The largemouth bass and channel catfish populations at Nimisila Lake tend to be consistently very good.

Walleye are taken by drifting, trolling, or casting. Night crawler harnesses, minnows, crankbaits, and jigs are all effective for tempting walleye. 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. Wax worms, maggots, or small worms will usually entice the bluegill and redear sunfish to bite. A small hook (# 10 or smaller) is the best bet for successful bluegill and redear fishing. Yellow perch may be caught on worms or minnows. Channel catfish can be captured relatively close to shore from spring through fall. Shrimp, night crawlers, 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.

Anglers who catch a big fish should enter their prize in the Fish Ohio angler recognition program. A fish qualifies for an award if it meets the minimum size requirement set for the Fish Ohio program. Applications are available online at

The nearest Wildlife District Office is located at 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 (phone number: 330-644-2293). To get other maps or publications call toll free 1-800 WILDLIFE.

Portage Lakes State Park is located at 5031 Manchester Road (i.e., State Route 93), Akron, Ohio 44319 (phone number: 330-644-2220)

Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.



Inpoundment Type:

Surface Area (acres):

Lake Management:
State Park



Water Clarity:
0-1 ft

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Maximum Depth (ft):

Normal Elevation (ft):

Boat Access:
Paved Ramps

Boat Limits:
Trolling Only

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Nimisila Reservoir Community Fishing Reports
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature:
Fished from shore today, targeted crappie. Used a Big Joshy swimbait on a 1/8 oz jig head. Ended up catching about a dozen black crappie & two small largemouth. All the crappie have beat up tails like on spawn beds. Fun day , all fish released.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 45
Very minimal catfish activity right now too. Sat at the boat ramp in the campgrounds for 12 hours from 9 PM to 9 am on friday. Only a few hits not lands. We tried literally every bait possible. Chicken livers, shrimp, shiners, a live crawdad we caught, dough balls, and night crawlers. Also hit the damn two weeks ago for the deeper water and not even a hit. I know the big cats are there but will take another week or soo till they get really active. STICK TO THE SHALLOWS
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Large mouth are not very active. Caught two in about 11 inches of water on Sunday.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature: 58
no activity by crappies in shallow spawn sites
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 40
very cold on lake. caught 3 nice perch and 6 large crappie. used minnows. the fish are on the bottom.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 76
Caught 22 inch large mouth bass and several large catfish. 10 ft water off points. All on bottom carolina rig and chunk pork.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 76
Early morning bass fishing is excellent caught 11 bass 15 inches an up 12 feet of water off points
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 76
Fished Friday morning and caught 12 bass 3 over 17 inches. Caught fish on artificial cranks and worms.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 4
Water Temperature: 47
Took out a bucket of minnows and caught dozen 9" plus keeper crappies. Had to cull may smaller ones but the fishing was good. Many bank fisherman are casting out to deep water but should be fishing crappie right next to the shore line.
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 47
Found open water schooling bass. Caught and released 7 in 2-3 pound wgt range.
Nimisila Reservoir Largemouth Bass Fishing

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- We just started fishing this lake and were wondering if anybody knows some good spots and lures for
largemouth during the summer for this lake. Thanks,johnny from wadsworth
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With Nimisila Reservoir at 57 degree water temperature this is a great time to get out on the water and try hitting some deeper primary and secondary points. Largemouth bass will be feeding at this water temperature but will be much harder to catch. On Sunny warm afternoons its a great time to throw a crank bait, jigs or slow roll a spinnerbait at 5-10 foot on sunny points and drops off of sunny flats. Largemouth Bass will move into warm water on warm sunny days.
Nimisila Reservoir Smallmouth Bass Fishing

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Nimisila Reservoir Crappie Fishing

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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The crappie fishing should be getting good to great now. Crappie function excellent in 57 degree water. Crappie will be nicely bunched up still and moving more aggresively than when the water temperature is in the 35 to 50 degree range. With baitfish getting more active, the crappie fishing will be good. Good luck today!
Nimisila Reservoir Walleye Fishing

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Nimisila Reservoir Catfish Fishing

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The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Nimisila Reservoir Spotted Bass Fishing

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Nimisila Reservoir White Bass Fishing

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Nimisila Reservoir Striped Bass Fishing

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Nimisila Reservoir Solar and Lunar Conditions
Current Lunar Fishing Tip:
The full moon has just past. The gravitational pull is starting to decrease with the moon and sun being on opposite sides of the planet. Watch the peak fishing times and make sure you are on the water during that part of the day to take full advantage of today's solar/lunar peaks. It's always fun trying something new at the peak times to change things up a bit and test out the Lunar Theory each time you hit the water in close to full and full moon situations. Good luck you there.
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