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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (137 acres; Hancock County) -Saugeye: should be feeding heavily now that the water temperatures have dropped. 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.

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (781 acres; Richland-Ashland county line) -Good numbers of crappie from  nine to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in eight to 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 to 15 feet deep is usually very effective. At nighttime, try trolling in 10 to 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.

Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) - Largemouth bass: should be biting this time of year. Evenings have been the best. Anglers should focus their efforts along the edges. Try using top-water lures and plastic worms. Crappie: In November, large crappies can usually be found near the lily pads in the northwest corner. Nettle Lake has no horsepower restrictions; however, there is a no-wake rule (power boaters must operate at idle speed) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no speed restrictions for power boaters.

Willard Reservoir (199 acres; Huron County) - Walleye: With the cooler water temperatures, walleye should be feeding heavily now. Fish 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 walleye. 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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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Mogadore Reservoir (1,104 acres; Portage County) - Boaters are allowed electric motors only. Crappie: The fall crappie bite has picked up at Mogadore Reservoir. Crappie jigs and tubes is all it is taking to put some slabs in the cooler. Fishing minnows on jigs or under a bobber is also very effective. Successful anglers are reporting most fish are being caught in depths around 13 to 15 feet and closer to the bottom, with some fish being suspended. Begin fishing at the bottom and work your way up the water column until you start to get consistent bites and then stick with that depth.

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) - Boats are allowed on Wingfoot Lake, but they must be propelled by outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. Perch and crappie: Anglers are reporting an increase in crappie and perch catches. Successful anglers are reporting that the majority of fish caught are biting on a plain hook with a minnow under a float. Some anglers have landed fish using a pin-min with waxworms under a float.

West Branch Reservoir (2,350 acres; Portage County) - This reservoir is designated for unlimited horsepower. Pike: Anglers are casting crankbaits and stickbaits in shallow water, three to four feet. Muskellunge: Muskie anglers are having similar success fishing larger presentations in shallow water as the muskie bite continues to be solid. Successful anglers are targeting downed trees and other sunken structures.

Nimisila Reservoir (742 acres; Summit County) - Boats with electric motors only. Bass and catfish: Live baits, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, and shiners, have produced nice mixed catches of bass and catfish. Anglers are catching them both from boat and shore. Shore anglers have focused their effort on the east shorelines off of Christman Road.

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Central Ohio Fishing Report - November 21st, 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 fish in the boat. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass: are also around woody cover. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. Channel catfish: A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers.

Indian Lake (5040 acres; Logan County) - Saugeye: Are being caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dreambridge areas. Try using crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Vertical jigging around the bridges is productive for saugeye. Bluegill: are still being caught in the channels on waxworms and nightcrawlers. Crappie: have moved into channels and coves. Use minnows and jigs around any cover in these areas.

Buckeye Lake (2873 acres; Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) - Hybrid striped bass: 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 taken right now using cut bait on the bottom. Crappie: Fish from nine to 13 inches are active; use minnows and jigs around points, especially in the east half of the lake. Saugeye: are active at night around points and along the tow path.

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (912 acres; Delaware County) - Largemouth bass: are being caught on creature baits and spinnerbaits, in the back of coves and in dense schools of shad. Channel catfish: can be caught on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and shrimp fished on the bottom. Crappie: are also being caught around woody cover using minnows and jigs.

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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Dow Lake (171 acres; Athens County) - Largemouth bass: Cooler temperatures cause fish to actively search for food. Try fishing around structure such as weed beds and fallen trees in two to eight feet of water using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Boat access is available from County Road 20 (Stroud’s Run Road).

Seneca Lake (3,584 acres; Guernsey and Noble counties) - Crappie: Cooler temperatures can work in favor of anglers. Fish minnows under a slip bobber or with jigs over submerged structure throughout the lake. Contact the District 4 office in Athens at (740) 589-9930 for a structure map. Bluegill: These popular fish can be taken over the entire lake by live bait anglers using worms. They are also popular among fly-fishing anglers using small poppers and rubber spiders.

Lake Vesuvius (143 acres; Lawrence County) - Largemouth bass: Shad imitation crankbaits and white or chartreuse spinnerbaits are always popular choices. If you have a boat, try using plugs in the area where the creek feeds into the mouth of the lake above the dam.

Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) - Saugeye: Fish will start moving into the shallow areas of the lake as the temperatures start to cool. Use jerkbaits or crankbaits imitating minnows while doing a steady cast-and-retrieve. The south side of the lake, especially at the County Road 100 bridge in the evening or early morning hours, has been the most successful in the past. In the main lake, cast crankbaits around the shoreline or a vertical jig with a minnow and chartreuse jig. Muskie: can still be caught this time of year. Try trolling large crankbaits or bucktails along the dam or around Essex Bay.

Slope Creek Reservoir (Belmont County) - Also known as Barnesville Reservoir #3, this lake is located just five miles south of Barnesville off McGinnis Road and is home to many popular sportfish. The cooler temperatures of fall will start moving largemouth bass back into shallower water. Try using spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations fished near structure such as fallen trees or weed bed edges. A slot length limit is imposed on this lake, so only bass smaller than 12 inches and larger than 15 inches may be kept. Although not as abundant, bluegill can be found throughout the lake. Electric motors only.

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Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - November 21st, 2014

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 livers. 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 colored shad.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) - Cooler water temperatures have the crappie biting. Good numbers of fish from nine to 10 inches can be found along the south shore and near Coldwater Creek. Fish around shoreline brush, fallen trees, or around boat docks. Try using live minnows or small jigs with plastic bodies.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Saugeye: are being taken near the islands and along main lake points. Try trolling silver-colored crankbaits where the lure occasionally bumps the bottom. Largemouth bass: can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms, and crankbaits for bass.

Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) - Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent as the water cools and river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water deeper than four feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs, and undercut banks. Try drifting a live nightcrawler or minnow fished under a bobber, plastic crayfish, or crankbaits in crawdad patterns. Zulu in pearl or Rapala X-Rap are also effective.

Paint Creek (Highland County) - Crappies: are being caught by anglers using minnows or jigs. Fish the bait in three to 12 feet of water.  Fish the bait around any type of woody structure, such as downed trees and overhanging brush, and around the campgrounds. A few saugeye are being caught by casting jigs or trolling small crankbaits between the beach and the island and along the hazard area. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using waxworms under bobbers as bait.  Fish the bait two to four feet deep.  Good fishing spots are back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber.

 

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Lake Erie Region Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Western Basin

Walleye
Where: Walleye fishing has been slow in the western basin. As water temperatures drop, walleyes should return to the island area from farther east.
How: Anglers trolling are mostly using crankbaits.

Yellow Perch
Where: Yellow perch fishing is best around Green Island, south of Kelleys Island, east of Kelleys Island, and off the Marblehead lighthouse.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye
Where: Some walleyes have been caught on the north end of the Huron dumping grounds and north of Ruggles Reef around the 27/27 lines (minutes of latitude and longitude). Anglers are also catching some fish in 25 to 40 feet of water north of Cleveland in the evenings, and in 10 to 30 feet of water of north of Fairport Harbor. Anglers fishing from shore are catching a few fish from Cleveland to Fairport.
How: Anglers are trolling spoons, and shallow and deep diving crankbaits. Anglers fishing from shore are using shallow diving crankbaits.

Yellow Perch
Where: Very good fishing has been reported in 36 to 48 feet of water north-northwest of Edgewater Park, in 38 to 42 feet of water north Gordon Park, in 53 to 68 feet of water north of Fairport Harbor, and in 40 to 69 feet of water north-northeast of Geneva. Fish are being caught from shore off the E. 55th Street and E. 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and at the long and short piers on the Grand River.
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 Conneaut.
How: Anglers are using crankbaits, soft plastic lures with jigs, drop-shot rigs with leeches, and soft craws.

Steelhead
Where: Good fishing has been reported by anglers trolling and casting in harbors, breakwalls, and nearshore areas at Conneaut, Ashtabula, Geneva, Fairport Harbor, Eastlake, and Rocky River.
How: Anglers are using spoons, jigs and maggots, spinners, and small crankbaits either by casting or trolling.

 

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