Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 11th, 2013
Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit counties) – With autumn upon us, fishing for northern pike is picking up in the Cuyahoga River. Consistently producing regions of the river include the Fuller Park area in Kent, the Route 303 bridge area near Shalersville, and the area in and around Mantua. Remember to obtain written permission to wade-fish on private property. As fall gets into full swing and water temperatures drop, pike begin their fall feeding frenzy, putting away energy reserves for both winter survival and their early spring spawn. Try fishing with large baits and lures that mimic prey fish such as shad, suckers, and chubs. Examples include larger crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits, lipless crankbaits, and large spinners. The use of a small leader will minimize the chances of a pike biting off your line.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – Some major bonus action is taking place for walleye anglers out at West Branch the last couple of weeks. While trolling for walleyes, angler’s rods are being pummeled by some large muskies. This recent bump in activity could provide adrenaline seekers a chance at quite a rush. To specifically target muskies, try trolling cranks, possibly downsizing to match young-of-the-year shad, and running bait in the prop wash. If muskie fishing is too much heart pumping action for you, you can try and find the fall crappie bite. Crappies are starting to work in shallower. Most schools are still being found suspended around structure or contour breaks. Small jigs tipped with a minnow have been the way to go lately.
Berlin Lake (Stark, Mahoning and Portage counties) – Anglers are seeing some good action at Berlin Lake. Vibees and jig-and-minnow combos are producing mixed bags of fish, including mostly walleyes, crappies, and white bass. Anglers are also having success catching black bass, leaning heavily on crankbaits, jigs, and topwater baits.