Smallmouth bass being caught in Ohio lakes, rivers
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Smallmouth bass are being
caught in this lake north of Columbus. Using crankbaits and spinner
baits; target the main and secondary lake points were riprap or
hard bottom is present. Saugeyes can be caught in the same areas;
also try trolling in front of the beach at dawn and dusk. Crappies
are being found around wood in 10-15 feet of water; use jigs or
minnows. Crappies will move into shallower water as temperatures
decrease this fall. Muskies can provide good action this time of
year; troll crankbaits along the points and dam.
Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) – Channel catfish can be caught
in this lake east of Lancaster. Use cut shad, shrimp or night
crawlers fished in the east or south ends for best results.
Bluegills are providing some actions around cover in the east end.
Use wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass
are also being caught here. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or
longer to keep. The lake contains a nice population of crappies
greater than 10 inches. 10-horsepower limit on lake.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry Counties) – As water
temperatures start to cool, hybrid striped bass will become more
active. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners
along the north shore from Seller’s point to the north boat ramp at
state route 79. Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut
bait on the bottom. Crappies from 10 to 13 inches are becoming
active; use minnows and jigs around points especially in the east
half of the lake.
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – This 912-acre reservoir
north of Columbus is a good place to catch largemouth bass and
channel catfish. For largemouth bass, try tubes, spinner baits and
crankbaits around shoreline cover; target drop-offs and points.
Channel catfish can be caught on cut baits, night crawlers, and
shrimp fished on the bottom. Crappies will move shallower as water
temperatures decrease; try fishing around woody cover using minnows
Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) – Channel catfish are being
caught in the mornings and evenings by still fishing night
crawlers. Bluegills are also being caught. Fish wax worms under a
bobber in the mornings and evenings for the best catches. These
fish are being caught reservoir wide.
Stokley Pond (Paulding County) – Bluegills are being caught here
in good numbers. Mornings and evenings are best. Fish crickets and
wax worms under a bobber for the best catches.
Auglaize River (Paulding County) – Channel catfish are being
caught in the mornings and evenings by still-fishing night
crawlers. Sheephead are also being caught in the mornings and
evenings by still-fishing night crawlers. The Charloe Bridge has
been the best spot lately.
Van Wert Reservoir #1 (Van Wert County) – Nice catches of crappies
in the 9-12-inch range are being caught. Fishing minnows under a
slip bobber in the mornings through the afternoon is working the
best. Try the south bank. Channel catfish are being caught as well
by tight lining night crawlers and frozen shrimp. Try the south
bank, as well.
Shelby Reservoir #3 (Richland County) – Excellent catches of
bluegills have been coming out of Shelby #3. Wax worms fished 4
feet under a bobber are working the best. Catfish are also being
taken in good numbers by fishing stink baits or shrimp on the
Pleasant Hill (Richland County) – Nice catches of bluegills are
being reported at Pleasant Hill. Fishing wax worms or redworms on
the bottom or near structure is the best bet.
Maumee River (Wood County) – Some nice channel catfish are coming
out of the Maumee. Night crawlers and chicken livers fished under a
bobber in the early mornings or evenings are working the best. Try
the deep holes below the dam at Mary Jane Thurston State
Cuyahoga River (Summit County) – In the middle stretch of the
Cuyahoga River near Edison Dam and near Metroparks Serving Summit
County’s Cascade Park, reports of smallmouth bass from nine up to
17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, jig and grub combos, and
soft plastics that mimic crayfish. A small number of unconfirmed
reports of early run steelhead in this area have been received by
Division of Wildlife biologists as well. Minnow-imitating
crankbaits may produce good results.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – This 2,131-acre lake is known for
its excellent fishery. A wide variety of fish species can be
caught, including crappies, largemouth bass, bluegills, channel
catfish, white bass, and saugeyes. Fall fishing in this lake should
not be ignored. Wheelchair accessible shoreline fishing facilities
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – This 1,551-acre
lake located on State Route 212, two miles south of New Cumberland
offers great fishing. Species often caught by anglers include
saugeyes, largemouth bass, crappies, white bass and especially
channel catfish. Saugeyes have provided anglers with wonderful
fishing opportunities for many years now. The Division of Wildlife
originally stocked saugeyes in 1985 and, with the exception of one
year, continued an aggressive stocking program. Over 234,000
fingerling saugeye were stocked in 2008. The catch size for 2010
should be dominated by fish ranging seven to 26 inches, most of
which are expected to exceed 14 inches. One of the best ways to
catch saugeyes is to use a small jig (1⁄32 or 1⁄8) and tip it with
a piece of night crawler. Simply cast, let the bait sink, and
slowly retrieve. The strike will be gentle, so watch for a twitch
in the line.
Little Miami River (Warren, Clermont, and Hamilton counties) – The
water levels are down and now provide great opportunities for
anglers to wade the rivers and find holes and structured areas that
you can come back to later when the river is up. Fish are found in
the deeper pools at this time of year because the water is cooler
and there are concentrations of bait and better oxygen levels. Fair
numbers of smallmouth bass and rock bass are being caught in the
early morning and late evening hours, in the mid to tailend of
riffles. Popular live baits are crayfish and small minnows.
Artificial baits include small inline spinners, crayfish colored or
shaped crankbaits, buzz baits; blue or green in color, and small
crawfish imitating baits such as green pumpkin colored tube baits
or plastic craws. Try night fishing for catfish in the lower
Hamilton county portion of the river. Anglers can find the fish
lying in deeper holes. Good baits for catfish are chicken liver,
shrimp, and worms, as well as shad and goldfish for the larger
Great Miami River ( Butler, Warren, and Montgomery counties) – Good
numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught in the early morning
and late evening hours in transition areas where deep and shallow
water areas connect. Popular live baits are crayfish and small
minnows. Artificial baits include small in-line spinners, crayfish
colored or shaped crankbaits, buzz baits; blue or green in color,
and small crawfish imitating baits such as green pumpkin colored
tube baits or plastic craws. Catfish are also reported in fair
numbers in deeper water. Good baits for catfish are chicken liver,
shrimp, and worms, as well as shad and goldfish for the larger
Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on creek
chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to
20 feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours.
Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake.
Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night
crawlers. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeyes
are active in this lake. Currently, saugeyes are being caught by
anglers using night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs. Fish the bait
by trolling it through in water that is eight to 10 feet
East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by anglers
using wax worms, tube jigs, or medium to large sized minnows tipped
on chartreuse jigs. Fish the bait six to eight inches deep or 16 to
20 feet deep. Also look for good crappie fishing back into the cove
areas as well as up and into Tunnel Mill, Cabin, Barnes, Poplar,
and Cloverlick creeks. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers
fishing tightline at night using night crawlers, large minnows or
chicken liver. Fishing is best in water between eight to 20 feet
deep. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms or redworms. Keep the bait
under a bobber and about two to three feet deep. Cast anywhere
around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Hybrid striped
bass are being caught by anglers fishing near the campground and
main beach and the flat near the Army Corp of Engineers boat ramp
close to the dam. Chicken liver or deep diving crankbaits that
resemble shad are working well. The early morning or late evening
hours are the most productive times. Largemouth bass are being
caught by anglers using plastic worms, spinner baits, or deep
diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits colored shad or fire
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Smallmouth bass have been biting
well. Successful anglers are fishing in the early evening, night,
as well as early morning. Fish along shallow points in three to
five feet of water. Anglers are using tube jigs and spinner baits.
Spinner baits can be used with a slow retrieve or allowed to
Hanging Rock Ponds (Lawrence County) – Numerous small ponds dot the
Hanging Rock area. Water temperatures have been hovering around 80
degrees. Anglers are catching largemouth bass up to 15 inches on
buzzbaits, plastic worms, and crankbaits fished in the early
evening and past dark.
Woodbury Wildlife Area Ponds (Coshocton County) – Most ponds are
stable and clear. Sunfish are being caught on small worms or wax
worms. Largemouth bass in the eight- to 15-inch range have been
caught on darker-colored plastic worms during the evening hours or
top water lures at night.
Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) – Anglers report success fishing for
channel catfish in the shallow end of the lake. Successful rigs
were baited with chicken livers or night crawlers and fished under
a bobber suspended six feet deep. Fishing for bluegills has also
been successful using wax worms or night crawlers fished under a
bobber. 10-horsepower limit at this 107-acre lake.
Lake Erie Region
Walleye: There has been very little walleye fishing effort in the
western basin recently. The best catches have come from east of
Kelleys Island along the Canadian border and also between Kelleys
Island and South Bass Island. Casters are using mayfly rigs or
drifting bottom bouncers with worm harnesses. Trollers are catching
fish on spoons with Dipseys or Jet Divers, or on worm harnesses
with in-line weights.
Yellow perch: Perch fishing is improving. The best reports have
come from the Toledo water intake, the Toledo lighthouse, Green
Island, southeast of Starve Island, north of Kelleys Island, and
southeast of Kelleys Island. Most fish have been in the 7- to
9-inch range. Perch spreaders or crappie rigs with shiners fished
near the bottom produce the most fish.
Walleye fishing has been very good in 70 to 72 feet of water
northeast and northwest of Ashtabula and in 70-75 feet northwest of
Conneaut. Anglers are fishing down 54-60 feet. Trollers are using
pink, black, orange, green, and yellow spoons and stick baits off
Dipsy Divers, planer boards and Jet Divers.
Yellow perch fishing has been good to excellent in 37-48 feet of
water northwest of Gordon Park, 37-40 feet and also 50 feet
northwest and northeast of Wildwood State Park, 41-47 feet
northwest of Fairport Harbor and 47 feet northeast of Conneaut.
Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the
White bass fishing has been fair off the Eastlake CEI and Fairport
piers. It is always difficult to predict when they will come in
close to shore. Anglers are using agitators and small yellow or
white jigs along with small spinners. Mornings and evenings have
been the best.