North West Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014

Lake McKarns (70 acres; Williams County) - Largemouth bass: activity is beginning to pick up. Try fishing along the edges, particularly in the southwest area of the lake. Anglers should try using topwater lures fished along the structure edges. The lake features a boat ramp and boats are limited to 10-horsepower engines. 

Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (137 acres; Hancock County) -Saugeye: As the water temperatures begin to drop, these fish should start to feed more heavily. Try drifting or trolling the shoreline at night with crankbaits or worm harnesses. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9-horsepower motor restriction.

Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) - Findlay Reservoir #2 is located southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207. There is a full boat ramp at the southern shore of the reservoir. Yellow perch are starting to bite. Look for bottom structure where yellow perch will concentrate. The best baits include minnows and red worms fished near the bottom with spreaders or crappie rigs. Fall is also great time to hook into some walleyes. Anglers should try fishing along the shoreline during the morning and evening hours. There is a 9.9- horsepower limit on the reservoir. 

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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014

Northeast Ohio Reservoirs - Largemouth bass: are biting well across the region, if your timing is right. Target areas with visible baitfish activity, looking for actively feeding bass. Experiment with aggressive reaction baits like crankbaits and rattle baits, or slower presentations like unweighted finesse worms or topwater baits, to determine the mood of the fish. When the action slows, target deeper water structure or dense cover with soft plastics or jigs. Contact the Wildlife District Three Headquarters at (330) 644-2293 for more information regarding access points. 

Northeast Ohio Rivers - Smallmouth bass: Use soft plastics such as tubes, grubs, and paddle tails. Two of the hotter rivers right now are the Chagrin River (Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties) and the Tuscarawas River (Stark, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties). Other waterways to consider smallmouth fishing are the Cuyahoga River, Little Beaver Creek, and Rocky River. Contact the Wildlife District Three Headquarters at (330) 644-2293 for more information regarding access points.

Leesville Lake (Carroll County) - Catfish: are biting on chicken livers and shad. Most anglers are doing well fishing the few flats that can be found on Leesville Lake when the catfish come into the shallows to feed. Peak fishing times are from dusk to midnight.

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014

Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) - Crappie: are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass: are feeding for winter, follow the bait fish and target backs of coves. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. Channel catfish: can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers. Fish the far north end of the lake. 

Kokosing Lake (154 acres; Knox County) - Largemouth bass: are being caught around shoreline cover, along the dam, and where the bait fish are located using spinnerbaits and tubes. Bluegill: Fish in shallow areas; try waxworms or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Crappie: As water temperatures decrease, crappie will move to shallower water. Use minnows or crappie jigs fished under a slip bobber around cover or the old creek channel for best results. Channel catfish: can be caught on chicken livers, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.

Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) - Channel catfish: are still being caught in the north end. Try using shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeye: are starting to get active. Troll spinners and worm harnesses along points and across flats leading to deeper water. Keep the baits very close to the bottom. Early morning and evening bites can be good. Largemouth bass: Target the backs of coves and where baitfish are concentrated using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and creature baits.

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South East Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - October 10h, 2014

Seneca Lake (3,584 acres; Guernsey and Noble counties) - Saugeye: As the water temperatures start to decrease, fishing will start to pick up. Try trolling shad-colored crankbaits or worm harnesses along the face of the dam, around the islands, and in Cadillac Bay. Largemouth bass: Try fishing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, and the occasional white or smallmouth bass may be caught as well. Shore anglers should stick to the area around the dam. Crappie: Use a 1⁄16-ounce lead-head jig dressed with a small twister fished eight to 12 feet deep around structure. Maps and locations of submerged structure in the lake can be obtained by calling the District 4 office at (740) 589-9930.

Jackson Lake (251 acres; Jackson County) - Channel catfish: Check out the old boathouse parking area, as well as the upper shelter house fishing area. Try using chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill: A simple waxworm or red worm fished below a bobber usually works well.

Muskingum River (Muskingum, Morgan, and Washington counties) - Channel catfish: Try using cut bait, bluegill, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in the current. Look for deep holes and sand or gravel bars. Flathead catfish: Most anglers prefer using live baits, such as chubs and sunfish. When fishing in the tailwaters, try fishing deep holes just below fast to moderate current. Carp: are generally active in the fall. Try casting dough balls or corn. Saugeye: Use a variety of jigs and concentrate efforts below any of the 10 lock and dams located between Dresden and Marietta.

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - October 10th, 2014

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Channel catfish: are biting on creek chubs or nightcrawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to 19 feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours. Bluegills: are being caught by anglers using waxworms or nightcrawlers. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeye: are active in this lake and are currently being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers, bass minnows, or jigs. Fish the bait by trolling it through water that is eight to 10 feet deep.

Buck Creek State Park (Clark County) - Channel catfish: are being caught by anglers using chicken livers, cut bait, or earth worms. Fish the bait slowly along the bottom and into deep pools. Fishing is good near the mouth of Buck Creek. Keep the bait greater than 10 feet deep.

East Fork (Clermont County) - Crappies: are being caught by anglers using waxworms, tube jigs, or medium to large sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish: are being caught by anglers fishing tight-line at night using nightcrawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver. Fishing is best in water between eight and 20 feet deep. Bluegill: are hitting on waxworms or red worms. Keep the bait under a bobber and about two to three feet deep. Cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Largemouth bass: are being caught by anglers using six-inch plastic worms, spinnerbaits, or deep diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits and colored shad. 

Adams Lake (Adams County) - Bluegills: have been biting recently around the riprap shorelines and along the edges of lily pads. Try using small jigs tipped with waxworms fished just one to two  feet under a small bobber.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - October 10th, 2014

Western Basin

Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from northwest of North Bass Island and north of Kelleys Island.
How: Anglers trolling are using worm harnesses with inline weights, divers, or bottom bouncers, and spoons pulled behind divers. Anglers casting are using mayfly rigs or are drifting with bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.
Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing has been good based on number of fish, but the size of fish has been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been off Little Cedar Point, south of West Sister Island, three miles north of the Toledo water intake, Rattlesnake Island, east of Middle Bass Island, the green buoy off Catawba State Park, around “F” can of the Camp Perry firing range, southeast of Kelleys Island, northwest of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth Bass
Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around Middle Bass Island and Kelleys Island.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, or jerkbaits.
Largemouth bass
Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in the harbors and bays in the western basin and also along the main lake shoreline around Catawba.
How: Largemouth bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics.

Central Basin

Where: Fishing has been good four miles north of Vermilion. Excellent fishing has been reported in 68 to 74 feet of water north of Ashtabula. Some fish are starting to move in closer to shore.
How: Anglers are using planer boards or divers with worm harnesses, spoons, and stick baits.
Yellow Perch
Where: Anglers are catching perch off St. Anthony’s at Lorain. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 38 to 40 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and downtown Cleveland, in 34 to 48 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park and off Bratenahl, in 38 to 60 feet of water north-northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 48 to 67 feet of water north of Conneaut. Fishing from shore has been spotty off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long pier off Mentor Headlands.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass
Where: Fishing has been good in the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crankbaits, soft plastic lures with jigs, drop-shot rigs with leeches, and soft craws.
White bass
Where: Anglers fishing from boats are catching white bass north of Cleveland, Eastlake, and Fairport Harbor in 39 to 44 feet of water. Watch for the gulls feeding on the surface and the white bass will be below the school of emerald shiners. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the piers in Cleveland, Eastlake, and Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass, according to the Division of Wildlife.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.
Where: Anglers are trolling and casting in harbors, breakwalls, and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake, and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, spinners, and small crankbaits either by casting or trolling.

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