Northeast Oho Fishing Report – August 16th, 2013
Portage Lakes (Summit County) – Largemouth bass have been active on this busy chain of lakes. Anglers have been having consistent success on finesse worms. Try rigging them weightless for shallow water, or on drop-shot rigs for fishing deep weedlines and drop offs. Crankbaits and wacky rigged Senkos have also been effective. Catfish have been biting well on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and cut shad. Bluegills and redear sunfish have been biting well on wax worms in five to eight feet of water.
LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) – Anglers continue to do well at this electric-only reservoir. Largemouth bass have been biting both shallow and deep. Topwater frogs and buzzbaits have been effective around shallow weed beds, while crankbaits and rattle baits have been producing offshore. Catfish continue to bite nightcrawlers, and wax worms and red worms have been producing good numbers of bluegills. Try minnows or chartreuse jigs fished near the bottom around the Route 44 and 422 overpasses for crappies.
Clendening Lake (Harrison County) – Channel catfish have been biting on chicken livers. Shoreline anglers have been doing well fishing for them using slip-sinker rigs around rip-rap, wood, and weed edges. For larger flathead catfish, try large shad or other baitfish fished around wood cover. Excellent numbers of largemouth bass are also available at Clendening. Target them with Texas-rigged soft plastics around wood, deep weedlines, and thick weed mats, or fishing top-waters at low light.
Lake Milton (Mahoning County) – Anglers have been periodically picking up walleyes while trolling. Worm harnesses and shad-style crankbaits have been top producers. Bonus channel catfish are common. Try minnows vertically jigged or deep under a bobber (around 10 feet) for crappies. Good catches of smallmouth bass have also been reported. Focus on hard-bottom main-lake areas with soft plastics, crankbaits, or topwaters to target these scrappy fighters.