Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 16th, 2013
Hanging Rock Ponds (Lawrence County) – Bluegill fishing is popular and fun this time of year. Fish can be caught using red worms and wax worms fished near underwater structure at an eight-foot depth. If you’re up for a little bit more of a challenge, anglers searching for largemouth bass can try shad-mimicking crankbaits, plastic worms, and buzzbaits fished in the early morning and late evening. For catfish, cut bait or chicken livers fished tight-line should produce some nice catches. These larger fish will tend to be more active in the cooler weather, so take advantage of early morning and late night opportunities.
Muskingum River (Coshocton, Morgan, and Washington counties) – Catfish anglers should continue to be successful with some quality catches of fish. For flathead catfish, try using live suckers, goldfish, and sunfish, but for channel catfish stick to the tried-and-true nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut bait from the river. Current eddies at any of the low-head dams and at the mouth of larger tributary streams have typically been the most productive sites. Try looking for flathead catfish below the McConnelsville Lock and Dam #7 using live bait such as gizzard shad or skipjacks. Past fish in this area have weighed up to 50 pounds.