OH: Crappie bite picks up as water temperatures decrease Issue: 21

Central Region

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this
lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody
cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine
inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody
cover and points. Use creature baits and spinner baits to catch
these fish. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on
shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers.

Kokosing Lake (Knox County) – This lake of 149 acres in Knox County
is limited to outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. Largemouth
bass are being caught around shoreline cover and along the dam
using spinner baits and tubes. Bluegills are in shallow areas; try
wax worms or night crawlers under a bobber. As water temperatures
decrease, crappies will move to shallower water. Use minnows or
crappie jigs fished under a slip bobber around cover or the old
creek channel for best results. Channel catfish can be caught on
chicken livers, shrimp, or night crawlers fished on the

Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County) – As water temperatures
decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Use jig and minnows in
and along woody cover or in water six to 12 feet deep in coves.
Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Smallmouth bass are
being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east
shore of the middle basin. The fall, the saugeye bite will start
after the water temperature falls closer to 60 degrees. Troll
crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening
for best results.

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign
County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are
allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try
plastics, light colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the lily
pads or in cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies will
become more active as the water cools. Fishing with minnows in the
old creek channel or around woody cover is best. Bluegills are also
being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms and

Northwest Region

Archbold Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) – Catfish are being caught
during the day. Still fishing using liver as bait is a good method
for catching these fish. Try fishing the bottom of the reservoir
for the best results. Anglers are also catching bluegills by
fishing wax worms under a slip bobber in six feet of water. Fishing
during the day seems to be producing the best catches of

Delta Reservoir #2 (Fulton County) – Fishing for catfish using
liver as bait has been productive at this small, 52-acre reservoir.
In order to catch these fish, try fishing your bait just of the
bottom. Fishing during the day has been the most productive.

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – Anglers are catching
largemouth bass using night crawlers and rubber worms in this
111-acre reservoir. Try fishing shallow areas, especially near the
standing timber. The morning appears to be the best time of day for
catching largemouth. Crappies are also being caught by anglers in
the mornings. Try fishing in 6-10 feet of water around brush edges
using minnows or Twister Tail jigs. Good numbers of 12-16 inch
catfish are being caught using shrimp and night crawlers fished
just off the bottom using slip bobbers. Try fishing around the
beach area at night.

Barton Lake (Williams County) – Anglers are catching largemouth
bass at this 19-acre abandoned stone quarry. Try fishing near the
surface using top-water lures and spinnerbaits. The evening appears
to be the best time of day to catch largemouth, and fishing along
the edges and in the northwest corner should be productive.
Northern pike are being caught in 10-20 feet of water using shad,
minnows, and spinnerbaits. Try fishing in the evening around the
southwest corner of the lake.

McKarns Lake (Williams County) – Crappies are being caught at this
40-acre lake. Still fishing minnows and redworms in 5-8 feet of
water in the early evening seems to be productive. Try fishing near
the boat ramp.

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) – Bluegills and channel
catfish are being caught in 8-10 feet of water. Try using wax worms
to catch bluegills and night crawlers to catch channel catfish.
These fish are biting in the mornings and in the evenings. Anglers
are also catching saugeyes in 8-10 feet of water by drifting worm
harnesses. Mornings and evenings are also good times to catch

Northeast Region

Lake Erie tributary streams (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain
counties) – Reports are flowing in of steelhead trout being caught
in the rivers and streams in northeast Ohio. Ohio’s primary
steelhead streams are the Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, and Grand
rivers and Conneaut Creek. Several other rivers including the
Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Huron and Black rivers, and Arcola, Cowles,
Wheeler, French, Euclid, Turkey, Beaver and Cold creeks get runs of
stray steelhead. Popular baits this time of year include casting
spoons, jig and maggots, spawn sac bags, and other live bait.

Ohio-Erie Canal (Cuyahoga County) – Approximately 1,300 rainbow
trout were stocked in this waterway on Saturday, Oct. 8. Rainbow
trout can be caught on a variety of simple setups and baits.
Casting jigs tipped with maggots while using a “stop and retrieve”
approach produces great results. The daily limit is five fish per
day. These trout are delicious to eat and just the right size. Go
to www.wildohiocookbook.com for recipe ideas.

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – A full size range of crappies
are being caught at Mogadore Reservoir, with stringers full of
nine- to 12-inch crappies after fishing through the smaller ones.
Small jigs ranging from 1⁄32-ounce to 1⁄8-ounce with small curly
tail soft plastics and marabou jigs are a fun ways to fish for
crappies. Fishing a minnow under a bobber or casting a jig with a
minnow has also proven to put slabs in the cooler.

Portage Lakes (Summit County) – Crappies, sunfish and even some
nice size bonus perch are being reeled in in the chain of lakes
(Turkeyfoot Lake, West Reservoir, East Reservoir, North Reservoir,
and Long Lake) making up the Portage Lakes. If you want a chance at
catching all of the above, your best bet would be a pinmin with wax
worm under a bobber. The majority of crappies and perch are being
caught on a minnow under a bobber. They are being caught in eight
feet of water about three to four feet below the surface

Southwest Region

Adams Lake (Adams County)  – Bluegills are being taken by anglers
using any of the following worms: red, earth, wax, or meal. Fish
from a boat, along the pier, or along the shoreline. Keep the bait
about two to three feet deep under a bobber.

Acton Lake (Preble County) – Channel catfish are biting on creek
chubs or night crawlers fished along the bottom or between eight to
19 feet deep during the late evening or early morning hours.
Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake.
Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms or night
crawlers. Bluegill fishing is bountiful along the banks. Saugeyes
are active in this lake. Currently, saugeyes are being caught by
anglers using night crawlers, bass minnows, or jigs. Fish the bait
by trolling it through in water that is eight to 10 feet

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by
anglers using wax worms, tube jigs or medium- to large-sized
minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Fish the bait six to eight
inches deep or 16 to 20 feet deep. Channel catfish are being caught
by anglers fishing tight-line at night using night crawlers, large
minnows or chicken livers. Fishing is best in water between eight
to 20 feet deep. Bluegills are hitting on wax worms or redworms.
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, spinner baits, or deep diving (six to 10 feet) crankbaits
colored shad.

Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) –
Smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent as the water cools and
river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water
deeper than 4 feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs and
undercut banks. Try drifting a live night crawler or minnow fished
under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crankbaits in crawdad patterns
are also effective.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Saugeyes are being taken in 8-
to 15-foot depths near the islands and along main lake points. Try
trolling silver-colored crankbaits so that the lure occasionally
bumps bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines
and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms and crankbaits for

Southeast Region

Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – As the water
temperatures start to decrease, saugeye fishing will begin to pick
up in this 3,500-acre lake. Try trolling shad-colored crankbaits
along 6-8 foot contour lines throughout the lake and around
Cadillac Bay. Largemouth bass can be caught on buzzbaits and
spinnerbaits, and the occasional white or smallmouth bass may be
caught as well. For shore anglers, stick to the area around the
dam. Crappie fishing should also start picking up. Use a 1⁄16-ounce
lead-head jig dressed with a small Twister fished 8-12 feet deep
around structure. Maps and locations of submerged structure in the
lake can be obtained by calling the District 4 Office at

Turkey Creek Lake (Scioto County) – Sunfish in this lake tend to be
above average in size, and provide a great opportunity for anglers
of all skill levels. Any live larval baits can be successful; try
fishing wax worms or mealworms 3-6 feet deep along weedlines or any
submerged woody debris. Largemouth bass can also be found
throughout the lake. Try any traditional techniques with a spinner
bait, buzzbait, or crankbait. If you’re feeling adventurous, try
running a plastic worm “wacky style.” Anglers should note that for
this lake no largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass may be taken
between 12 and 15 inches.

Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) – The cooling temperatures of October
and November provide some great opportunities for channel cats in
this 200-acre lake. Cut shad, night crawlers and chicken livers
will all catch fish. Start to watch for largemouth bass activity to
pick up over the next few weeks as the fish move into shallower

Jackson Lake (Jackson County) – Check out the old boathouse parking
area, as well as the upper shelter house fishing area for great
catfishing opportunities. Consistent catches of catfish have been
reeled-in on chicken livers and night crawlers while fishing from

Lake Erie Region

Western Basin

Walleye: There have been very few walleye reports from the western
basin recently. The best reports have come from Kelleys Island
Shoal and Gull Island Shoal. Expect walleye fishing to improve as
water temperatures drop and migratory walleyes move back toward the
west from the central basin.

Yellow perch: Windy weather limited fishing over the past weekend.
Prior to the wind, the best areas had been northwest of West Sister
Island, east of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, off of
West Reef, off of Ballast Island, and east of Kelleys Island.
Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished
near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye: The walleye have scattered offshore of Ashtabula and
Conneaut and there were no reports for walleyes this week

Yellow perch: Prior to three straight days of high winds and waves,
good fishing was reported in 42-50 feet of water northwest of the
Chagrin River, in 42-60 feet northeast of Wildwood State Park, in
51 feet north-northwest of Fairport, in 60 feet northeast of
Ashtabula and in 62-64 feet northwest of Conneaut. Perch spreaders
with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers
have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not
available. A few fish have been caught off the Mentor Headlands
breakwall. Mornings and evenings have been best.

White Bass: Fishing has been slow off the Eastlake CEI breakwall
and Mentor Headlands breakwall. For boat anglers, fishing has been
good in the Cleveland area; look for gulls feeding on schools of
shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the

Channel Catfish: Anglers are catching fish off the Mentor Headlands
breakwall at night using night crawlers. Fish are also being caught
along the Grand River at the St. Clair Street bridge.


Clermont, Brown and Adams Counties -Try fishing the embankments,
near stream confluences, and near warmwater discharges. Spinner
baits, jig/pork combinations, and crankbaits are good lures to try.
Warmwater discharges and stream confluences as well as the dam
tailwaters are good areas to fish for saugers; try using Twister
Tail jigs and minnows. Saugers and hybrid striped bass have also
been caught on big creek chubs or any deep-diving bait that
resemble minnows. For hybrid striped bass and channel catfish, stay
in any of the tailwaters. Channel cats are being caught on cut
bait, live shad, chicken livers and worms.

Meigs County – Both flathead and channel catfish continue to be
caught on chicken livers fished on the bottom. Rains in the upper
Ohio River watershed may trigger catfish to feed even better.

Ohio River (Columbiana and Jefferson County)  – Bass anglers have
been experiencing great fishing in the Pike Island and New
Cumberland pools of the Ohio River. Recent tournament anglers
reported catching upwards of five smallmouth bass per hour in
recent outings. Fish averaged 13 inches with some larger fish mixed
in. Recent electrofishing surveys reported smallmouth up to 20
inches. This time of year, there are tons of small shad so stick
with baits such as swim baits, rattle baits, crankbaits, and
spinner baits that mimic this available food source.

Greenup Dam (Scioto County) – Recent surveys showed good numbers of
smallmouth bass. Target the large riprap along the Ohio shore with
a crankbait, swimbait or lead head jig with a Twister.


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