Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 11th, 2013
Muskingum River (Morgan County) – Carp and catfish are most active right now. For carp, try casting dough balls or corn. Catfish prefer nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or cut bait fished on the bottom in the current. Use a heavy sinker to hold the bait on bottom. Saugeye fishing should be picking up. Use a variety of jigs and concentrate effort below any of the 10 lock and dams located between Dresden and Marietta.
Hocking River (Athens and Hocking County) – The stretch of river by White’s Mill in the Athens area is always a popular and usually successful spot for local anglers. Try casting Rebel craws or other artificial soft craws in the deeper pools of the river for smallmouth bass. The old train station in Nelsonville, Falls Mill, and Kachelmacher Park in Logan are all popular spots for smallie anglers. Concentrate your fishing in high velocity current, where woody structure is present in more than 20 inches of water. Float shallow diving minnow imitation lures, or use white and chartreuse twister tails on 1⁄8- to 1⁄4-ounce jigs.
Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Cooler weather can mean some great opportunities to catch largemouth bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using spinnerbaits, jigs, or crankbaits that imitate gizzard shad or crayfish. Fall is also a great time to start looking for crappies again. Drift fishing with minnows is recommended to locate schools of crappies. Shovelhead and channel catfish can still be caught on suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Don’t overlook the Dillon tailwaters this time of year as saugeye and hybrid striped bass fishing can be very good.
Hammertown Lake (Jackson City Reservoir) (Jackson County) – Fishing should be picking up in this 157-acre lake and will continue to improve as the water temperatures fall, especially in the bay area and in the evening hours. Largemouth bass are feeding heavily this time of year preparing for winter. Try using lures that imitate forage fish and crayfish. Spinnerbaits or any topwater lures like buzzbaits or floating Rapalas are good choices this time of year. Remember that there is a five-fish limit for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass at this lake and that none may be taken between 12 and 15 inches.