North West Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - September 25th, 2014

Sandusky Bay (Erie County) - Channel catfish: Some very large catfish have been taken in Sandusky Bay. Try using shrimp or worms fished on the bottom. Night fishing has been more productive than day fishing. Willow Point, Bay Bridge Access, and Bay View Fishing Access are all good places try for catfish. 

Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) - Largemouth bass: Anglers have been catching bass near the surface using surface baits and plastic worms. Evenings in the northwestern bay area have been the most productive. Bluegill: have been biting in the mornings. Try fishing with red worms six to eight feet below a bobber. Most fish have been caught in the area around the boat ramp, which is located at the southwest corner of the lake. 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.

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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

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Central Ohio Fishing Reports

Central Ohio Fishing Report - September 26th, 2014

Indian Lake (5,040 acres; Logan County) - Saugeye: are being caught along south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas. Try crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Largemouth bass: Anglers are catching fish in the canals around cover; try spinnerbaits, tubes, and crankbaits. Bluegill: are still being caught in the channels using waxworms, nightcrawlers, or crickets. 

Madison Lake (98 acres; Madison County) - Crappie: Use minnows and a bobber around woody cover, especially in the northern half of the lake. Largemouth bass: are being caught around shoreline cover and in concentrations of shad. Channel catfish: can be caught using shrimp and chicken livers fished on the bottom. Lake is restricted to use of electric motors only.

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South East Ohio Fishing Reports

Southwest Ohio FIshing Report - September 26th, 2014

Salt Fork Lake (3,060 acres; Guernsey County) - Crappie: will take a variety bait, including worms, grubs, crickets, small spinners, and popping bugs. Look for crappie to be suspended or near wood in deeper water this time of year. Fishing from a boat has been very productive in the past year. A variety of rental boats are available from the lake marina. Channel catfish: Try nightcrawlers or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Night-time fishing offers some great opportunities. Largemouth bass: Topwater action will start to pick up with cooler temperatures. Use the “twitch and wait” method – cast the plug, let it lie on top of the water, and occasionally twitch the bait. 

Scioto River (Scioto County) - Catfish: Give the Scioto River a try at the Ohio River confluence. The shore fish access adjacent to Alexandria Point Park in Portsmouth is a popular and productive fishing location. Flathead, channel, and blue catfish can be caught at this location this time of year by fishing cut shad and skipjack. They can also be caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Hybrid striped bass: can also be caught this time of year using shad imitation swim baits. Hybrids are also known to occasionally take chicken livers fished off the bottom.

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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 26th, 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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