Northeast Region

Leesville Reservoir (Carroll County) – Anglers looking for some
premier fishing as well as impressive autumn scenery should visit
this 1,045-acre lake located in southern Carroll County. In 2007,
more than 450 muskellunge were reported through the Ohio Huskie
Muskie Club. A total of 112 fish measuring 42-inches or greater
were also reported. Trolling or casting muskie-sized lures into
weed beds proves successful results this time of year. Other lakes
in northeast Ohio providing good muskie fishing include Berlin,
Lake Milton, Pymatuning, and West Branch. Visit for more information
and to view maps of these lakes.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County)- More than 45 percent of saugeyes
sampled by biologists in 2007 measured 14 inches or more. Casting
Rat-L-Trap style lures or using crankbaits and jigs with minnows
into shallow waters at sunrise and sunset should do the trick.
Vertical jigging with Sonars, Cicada’s, and other jigging type
lures around the bridges on U.S. 250 from mid-October through
mid-November can be very effective. Saugeyes are attracted to
current and with the water level being drawn down at this time, the
saugeye congregate at these constriction points where water current
is most noticeable. It’s never too muddy for a saugeye, so try
black jigs and twister tails in these conditions. The white crappie
outlook is good with many crappies averaging 8.5 inches. Anglers
are reminded that there is a 9-inch minimum length limit for
crappies in this lake to improve fish quality. Wheelchair
accessible shoreline facilities available; 299 horsepower

Berlin Reservoir (Portage, Mahoning, and Stark counties)-
Although the water is eight feet below summer pool at this
3,321-acre lake, 9- to 17-inch walleye are hitting on artificial
baits. Anglers are reminded that there is a 15-inch minimum length
limit on walleyes and to please wet hands before gently releasing
undersized walleyes back into the lake. Crappies are also biting
near the U.S. 224 bridge and around downed trees/ underwater
structure. White crappies are larger (9 to 11 inches) but fewer
while black crappies are numerous (averaging 8.5-inches). Unlimited

Little Beaver Creek (Columbiana County) – River fishing for
smallmouth bass has been pretty good a few miles upstream from the
Ohio River, near Grimms Bridge in the state forest. Also, anglers
should try near Beaver Creek State Park (Echo Dell Road bridge and
near Gretchen’s Lock) where there is significant fishing pressure
but often good results. A variety of other fish including carp,
channel catfish, sauger, and white bass may be caught as well.
Shore fishing is available, but floating a canoe while casting is a
good option, too.

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