Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – May 9th, 2013
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County)
Now is the perfect time of year to fish for crappies around submerged brush piles and structure using pink and chartreuse Twister Tails tipped with a minnow. Most crappies are in the nine- to 10-inch range but fish up to 14 inches can be found. Spring fishing for saugeyes is best near the beach or shallow flats using twisters, stick baits, or blade baits. Muskie fishing should also be kicking into gear. Try trolling shallow crankbaits near the shore at 10 feet or less. Please note the new regulations for 2013: a daily bag limit of four largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, with two fish less than 15 inches and two fish greater than or equal to 15 inches.
AEP ReCreation Area (Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble Counties)
Largemouth bass and sunfish should be biting well. Better fishing is found in ponds that are “off the beaten path” since these lakes do not receive as much fishing pressure as lakes adjacent to campsites. Bass can be caught on spinner baits and jig-and-pig combinations. Bluegills can be taken with live bait such as redworms or meal worms or small spinners and poppers. A permit is required to fish the AEP ReCreation Area. Please note the new regulations for 2013: a daily bag limit of three largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass, with two fish less than 14 inches and 1 fish greater than or equal to 20 inches; and a daily bag limit of 20 sunfish, all species.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County)
Saugeyes in the 20-25-inch range can be taken near the dam by shore and boat anglers. Best fishing is at dusk or dawn, or all day if there is cloud cover. Most fish can generally be caught on jigs and minnows fished 6-8 feet deep using a slip bobber. Fair numbers of nice black crappies in the 12-14-inch range can be caught in the same area with minnows fished 3-4 feet deep. A few largemouth bass from 12-19 inches have been caught on spinner baits fished slowly in shallow water.