North West Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Clear Fork Reservoir (971 acres; Richland and Morrow counties) – Clear Fork is one of the eight lakes stocked with muskellunge in Ohio. However, the reservoir has good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill as well. Bluegill: fishing should be excellent this time of year with fish ranging from five to seven inches, with an occasional nine-inch fish being taken. Try using waxworms, or worm pieces fished under a bobber along the edges of weed beds. Largemouth bass: fishing should also be excellent right now. Try using jigs tipped with pork, fished near structure located on the bottom. Shore fishing is allowed only along the south and west shorelines from the Orewiler Road bridge to a point 1,000 feet upstream of the dam. There are no motor size restrictions, but an 8 mph speed limit is enforced by the city of Mansfield.

Killdeer Plains Pond #33 (Wyandot County) - Now is a good time to try for largemouth bass: Anglers usually have the best success early in the morning along the south dike and on the fishing piers. Try fishing with a jig and pig slowly off points, logs, and other structure, or casting buzzbaits over weedbeds. The pond has a boat ramp with a floating dock. Boats are limited to 10-horsepower motors. Shore fishing is available from the dike and piers. Wading along the north shore is also popular.

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North East Ohio Fishing Reports

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Portage Lakes (1,190 acres; Summit County) - All lakes in this system have a 400-horsepower limit. All areas are “no wake” except for portions of Turkeyfoot Lake and East Reservoir. Largemouth bass: Anglers are finding fish offshore. They are catching some nice sizes in the 3- to 4- pound range in deep water while using crankbaits.

Highlandtown Lake (187 acres; Columbiana County) - Boat launching ramps and latrines (seasonal) are situated at two locations on the north side of Highlandtown Lake. Boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less are permitted on the lake. Sunfish: Palm-sized bluegills are being caught in seven to eight feet of water from shore by anglers using waxworms or red worms on small hooks under a bobber. Anglers are finding success while fishing known sunken fish attractors. These locations can be found on the Highlandtown Lake map at www.wildohio.gov.

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Knox Lake (469 acres; Knox County) - Largemouth bass: are a popular fish at this lake. Target shoreline cover and the stump field in the east end of the lake using spinnerbaits, plastics, and crankbaits. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to harvest. Channel catfish: are biting on chicken livers, cut bait, and nightcrawlers. Fish the points and around the stump field at night for best results. Crappie: The crappie bite will increase as water temperatures decrease. Use minnows and jigs around woody cover.

Buckeye Lake (2,873 acres; Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties) - Hybrid striped bass: As water temperatures start to cool, fish will become more active. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s point to the north boat ramp at St. Rt. 79. Channel catfish: are being caught using cut bait on the bottom throughout the lake. Crappie: Fish from 10 to 13 inches are becoming active. Use minnows and jigs around points and woody cover, especially in the east half of the lake.

Olentangy River (Delaware and Franklin counties) - Smallmouth bass and rock bass: are two fish species that provide action to the angler on this river that runs through Columbus. The best angling can be found from Highbanks Metropark north to the Delaware Lake dam. Try spinners and crayfish-imitating crankbaits around rocks and other cover in pools and runs. Other fish present include crappie, saugeye, carp, and channel catfish.

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South East Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Burr Oak Lake (632 acres; Athens and Morgan counties) – Largemouth bass: If fishing during the day, try using plastic worms at the edge of weedlines. If fishing during the night, try using top-water baits in the lily pads, especially in the upper end around Dock 3. Channel catfish: Nighttime fishing is normally reliable at most major tributary sites within the lake, especially where the east branch of Sunday Creek enters in the upper end of the lake around Dock 3. Tight-line fishing using nightcrawlers or chicken livers is the preferred method, but other baits like shrimp, red worms, and cut bait should work just as well.

Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) – Largemouth bass: Fishing success will continue to improve with the cooling temperatures. Crankbaits or spinnerbaits cast parallel to the shoreline are popular choices for anglers. As shad begin moving into the lower end of the lake, shad-colored baits should be the most successful. Saugeye: On bright days, fish in deeper water and on overcast days fish in shallow water. The most successful technique in the past has been vertical jigging with twister tails in a variety of colors tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth bass: Nighttime angling for smallies is especially productive this time of year: fish along rocky shorelines in six to nine feet of water using tube jugs and spinnerbaits. Short-arm spinnerbaits (7⁄16- ounce) with a pork trailer work well at this lake. Spinnerbaits should be retrieved slowly just along the bottom over rocky substrate.

Lake Logan (341 acres; Hocking County) - Largemouth bass: Early evening hours are usually the best. Try a variety of top-water plugs, flies, crayfish, or plastic worms. Saugeye: The area near the beach is generally a favorite in the early evening hours. Use leeches, worms, or artificial worms to catch one of these tasty fish.

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South West Ohio Fishing Reports

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - August 29th, 2014

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill: are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers or waxworms. There are good fishing opportunities along woody debris shorelines and pier areas. Channel catfish: Anglers are having success using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Cast from the pier area. Keep the bait off the bottom and about three to six feet deep. Anglers should keep in mind that there is plenty of forage for fish this time of the year, which can result in lower success while angling. Be patient.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Bluegill: are being taken at four to eight feet using red worms and waxworms. Look for shoreline areas with woody debris or submerged trees and brush to be most productive. A variety of catfish: are being caught by anglers using nightcrawlers, shrimp, stink bait, cut bait, and chicken livers. Fish the bait tight-line along the bottom in 5- to 10-foot depths. Saugeye: As water temperatures cool down, try trolling crankbaits, casting jigs, or drifting with a nightcrawler harness.

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Western Basin

Walleye

Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. The best reports have come from north of the Camp Perry firing range, around Crib Reef, and south of “G” can of the Camp Perry firing range.
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 numbers of fish, but the sizes of fish have been running small, including a lot of throwbacks. The best spots have been the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, north of West Sister Island, “G” and “H” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, Rattlesnake Island, Green Island, southeast of Kelleys Island, and northeast of Kelleys Island.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Smallmouth bass are being caught around South Bass Island and North Bass Island.
How: Smallmouth bass have been caught on tube jigs, crankbaits, and jerkbaits.

Largemouth bass

Where: Largemouth bass are being caught in harbors and bays in the western basin and 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 around the sandbar, including the weather buoy at the north end of the sandbar. Excellent fishing has been reported in 70 to 74 feet of water north-northeast of Ashtabula and in 68 to 72 feet of water north of Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using wireline or divers with worm harnesses and stick baits.

Yellow perch

Where: Anglers are catching perch around the sailing buoys near Vermilion, off St. Anthony’s near Lorain, in 30 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, and in 26 to 40 feet of water northeast and northwest of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing has been reported in 42 to 60 feet of water north-northwest of Fairport Harbor, and in 58 to 65 feet of water north-northeast 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 around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and north-northwest.
How: Anglers are using 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 20 to 40 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 the Grand River, with the evenings being the best. It is always hard to predict when the fishing will pick up for white bass.
How: Anglers are using small spoons, spinners, and agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails.

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