North West Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (781 acres; Richland-Ashland County line) – Good numbers of crappies from 9-10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in 8-12 feet of water near submerged trees. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye, and yellow perch. For saugeye, trolling a jointed 21⁄2-inch, 1⁄4-ounce lure about 10-15 feet deep is usually very effective. At nighttime, try trolling in 10-15 feet of water in front of the beach with a jig tipped with a live minnow. Smallmouth bass: can be caught in the deeper, lower end of the reservoir while more largemouth bass are caught in the shallower upper end of the lake. 

Paulding Reservoir (67 acres; Paulding County) – Located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding, this reservoir provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing bluegills this time of year. Try using nightcrawlers or waxworms on slip bobbers set to 5-6 feet deep during the mornings and evenings anywhere in the reservoir. Only boats 16-feet or less may be used. Electric motors may be used, but no gasoline engines are allowed. A $2 lifetime “boat license” is required from the Village of Paulding. 

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) - Largemouth bass: The shoreline consists of rocks, a wetland shelf, and sand beach area, which all provide a lot of cover for largemouth bass. Try fishing along the west side as well as in the standing timber. Bluegill: have also been biting recently. Try using shrimp or bits of nightcrawlers. 

Willard Reservoir (199 acres; Huron County) - Walleye: should be biting now. As the water temperature begins to cool, fish for walleye along the contour breaks located throughout the reservoir. Try casting diving crankbaits and jigs with minnows or vertical jigging blade bits. Yellow perch: are usually found in the same areas as walleyes. The best baits for open water fishing are minnows and worms. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at city hall.

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North East Ohio Fishing Reports

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Leesville Lake (1,011 acres; Carroll County) - Boats are allowed with a maximum of 10 horsepower. Muskellunge: Muskies are being caught nearshore in 1-5 feet of water in the evening or early morning. Concentrate off the ends of main lake points instead of in coves. Fish that are in shallows are vulnerable to casting presentations. Try covering water with medium-sized crankbaits (yellow is reported as a popular color), jerkbaits or buck tails to locate active muskies. On average, anglers catch muskies measuring 53 inches, according to fish surveys conducted by the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

West Branch Reservoir (2,350 acres; Portage County) – This reservoir is designated for unlimited horsepower but anglers fishing from boats are encouraged to carefully read a map (wildohio.gov) before venturing out. Navigating this water for the first time can be tricky due to the underwater terrain. A wheelchair accessible fishing pier is located near the marina. Muskellunge: Muskie anglers are catching fish by trolling shad-imitating baits around offshore humps and reefs over 12-18-feet deep at all hours of the day. Crappie: Try fishing small marabou jigs around wood cover or docks for fast action. White, chartreuse, or yellow are good choices when fishing 12 feet deep or less. Try fishing blue jigs in deeper water. Jig size and color depends on the day (weather, water clarity, etc.). Largemouth bass: Look for baitfish in creek channels and in the shallows (1.5-4 foot range at night) to locate bass. Use small gizzard shad-imitating crankbaits, rattle-style baits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. 

Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit counties) - Northern pike: Target access areas like Fuller Park in Kent, SR 303 bridge area near Shalersville, and in/around the Village of Mantua. Remember to obtain written permission to wade-fish on private property. As fall gets into full swing and water temperatures begin to 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. Visit wildohio.gov to view an access map of the Cuyahoga River. 

West Branch Reservoir (2,650 acres; Portage County) - Muskellunge: While trolling for walleyes, anglers' rods are being pummeled by large muskies. Troll crankbaits, possibly downsizing to match young-of-year shad, and run bait in the prop wash. Crappie: Focus on shallow water; most schools are still being found suspended around structure or contour breaks. Small jigs tipped with a minnow should do the trick.

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Deer Creek Lake (1290 acres; Fayette and Pickaway counties) - Cool water temperatures have fish more active. Crappie: Target woody cover in the coves and shallower water. Try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass: can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastics. Try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. White bass: are active around Tick Ridge. Look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad using spinners and jigs.

Rush Creek Lake (289 acres; Fairfield County) - Channel catfish: can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster. Use cut shad, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished in the east or south ends for best results. Bluegill: are providing some action around cover in the east end. Use waxworms or red worms fished under a bobber. Crappie: action is picking up. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber around woody cover. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the lake. 

Alum Creek Lake (3269 acres; Delaware County) - Crappie: As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Fish the mouths of coves and target woody cover using minnows or jigs suspended from a float. Smallmouth bass: are being caught off of points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin; follow the shad. Use tubes and crankbaits for good results. Saugeye: The fall saugeye bite will start after the water temperature falls closer to 60 degrees. Troll crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening for best results.

Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) - This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass: The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, light colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the lily pads or in cover on the north side of the lake. Crappie: will become more active as the water cools this fall. Fishing with minnows in the old creek channel, along the lily pads, or around woody cover is best. Bluegill: are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms and red worms.

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South East Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - October 24h, 2014

Scioto River (Scioto County) – Flathead catfish: Hot spots are generally the twin bridges and the mouth of the Scioto going into the Ohio River. Try fishing gizzard shad or live skipjack on the bottom. Hybrid striped bass: Target the lower Scioto River from the confluence of the Ohio River to Rushtown using 3-5 inch imitation soft bodied swimbaits and shallow running stick baits (minnow imitations). Channel catfish: Try nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or cut bait to reel in a decent-sized fish.

Dillon Lake (1,376 acres; Muskingum County) – Largemouth bass: Anglers can enjoy fishing with spinnerbaits, twister tails, and shallow-diving crankbaits. Crappie: Try drift fishing with minnows, especially in areas with fallen and submerged trees. Channel and flathead catfish: Try suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Best times are after a rainfall event or when the river is on the rise. Saugeye and hybrid striped bass: Don’t overlook the tailwaters this time of year.

Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) - Smallmouth bass: 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 crawfish imitating crankbaits or artificial soft crawfish in the deeper pools of the river. 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. Also try shallow diving minnow imitation lures, or use white and chartreuse twister-tails on ⅛- to ¼-ounce jigs. Channel catfish: can be caught this time of year in deep pools or along rocks using nightcrawlers, cut shad, or chicken livers.

Wolf Run Lake (201 acres; Noble County) - Channel catfish: The cooling temperatures of October and November can provide some great opportunities for channel cats. Cut shad, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers will all catch fish. Largemouth bass: Cooler temperatures also trigger these popular sportfish to start feeding more actively. Fish near shallow structure such as tree stumps, fallen trees, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-and-pig combinations work well.

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South West Ohio Fishing Reports

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - October 24th, 2014

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) – For channel catfish, use chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom for best results. Crappies: It is a little early but shoreline cover offers the best locations to catch them. Use minnows beneath a bobber fished at depths of 3-6 feet. Bluegills: Use red worms and waxworms.

Indian Wildlife Area Ponds (Brown County) – This is a hot area for catching bluegills. Try using waxworms suspended under a bobber at 3-4 feet or in-line spinners.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Western Basin
Walleye

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

Walleye

Where: Fishing has been good four miles north of Vermilion. Excellent fishing has been reported in 68-74 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 at Lorain. Excellent perch fishing has been reported in 38-40 feet of water north of Edgewater Park and downtown Cleveland, in 34-48 feet of water northeast of Gordon Park and off Bratenahl, in 38-60 feet of water north-northeast of Fairport Harbor, and in 48-67 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 39-44 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.

Steelhead

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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