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North East Ohio Fishing Reports

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Northeast Ohio Lakes - Despite cold temperatures, the bass fishing has been quietly going fairly strong.  Good catches of largemouth bass have been reported in many lakes including Mogadore, Wingfoot, Springfield, and several Portage Lakes reservoirs. Cold-water presentations such as jerkbaits, jigs, and Vib-Es have been key.

Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit counties) - Fishing for northern pike is picking up in the Cuyahoga River. Consistently producing regions of the river include the Fuller Park area in Kent, Rt. 303 bridge area near Shalersville, and the area in and around Mantua. Remember to obtain written permission to wade-fish on private property. As winter gets into full swing and water temperatures drop, pike begin their 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.

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) - Some major bonus action has been taking place for walleye anglers out at West Branch. While trolling for walleyes, anglers’ rods are being pummeled by some large muskies. This recent bump in activity could provide adrenaline seekers a chance at quite a rush. To specifically target muskies, try trolling cranks, possibly downsizing to match shad, and running the bait in the prop wash. If muskie fishing is too much heart-pumping action for you, you can try to find the crappie bite. Crappie are starting to work in shallower water. Most schools are still being found suspended around structure or contour breaks. Small jigs tipped with a minnow have been the way to go lately.

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