OH: Bluegills, crappies, and saugeyes all biting right now Issue: 23
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – As water
temperatures cool, hybrid striped bass will again feed more
actively. 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. Crappies from nine to 12 inches are active; use
minnows and jigs around points especially in the east half of the
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – This 912-acre
reservoir north of Columbus is a good place to catch largemouth
bass and channel catfish. Channel catfish can be caught on cut
baits, night crawlers and shrimp fished on the bottom. Crappies are
also being caught around woody cover using minnows and jigs.
Saugeyes can be caught on shallow flats and along rocky shorelines.
Try crankbaits or blade baits at dawn and dusk for best
Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) – A dense population of
largemouth bass measuring eight to 12 inches, with some larger, can
be found at this lake of 146 acres near Circleville. Fish main lake
points, secondary points with riprap, and drop-offs using
crankbaits, spinnerbaits and tubes for consistent catches. Fishing
at night with traditional baits for channel catfish can be
productive. With water temperatures decreasing crappies are active
in shallower water around woody cover. Use jigs and minnows
suspended by a bobber. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer
to keep. Electric motors only.
Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are being caught at
this 481-acre lake in Knox County. Target shoreline cover and the
stump field in the east end of the lake using spinnerbaits,
plastics and crankbaits. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or
longer to harvest. Channel catfish are biting on prepared baits and
night crawlers; night is the best time to catch them. The crappie
bite has increased as water temperatures decrease. Use minnows and
jigs around woody cover. Motors greater than 10 horsepower must use
idle, no wake speeds.
Ottawa Reservoir (Putnam County) – Try fishing for saugeyes,
channel catfish and crappies in this small above-ground reservoir.
For saugeyes, try using minnows, night crawlers, and jig worms. To
catch crappies, use minnows suspended under a bobber. For catfish,
use night crawlers, shrimp, or cut shad. If you’re lucky, you may
even catch a big flathead catfish. Try fishing along the shoreline
in the evening to catch all three of these species.
Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) – Yellow perch can be
caught in this reservoir by boat using minnows and red worms. Try
fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water during the day to catch these
fish. Still fishing minnows in 20 to 25 feet of water should work
to catch walleyes. For best results, try the south end of the
reservoir during the day.
Bellevue Reservoir #5 (Huron County) – Fish in approximately 10
feet of water to catch crappies and yellow perch. Fish the west
side of the reservoir using minnows under a slip bobber. For the
best results, try fishing in the evening.
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland and Ashland counties) –
Anglers have been catching channel catfish, saugeyes and crappies
on this 780-acre lake. Channel catfish and saugeyes can be caught
by casting a jig worm or crawlers. Try fishing near the bottom for
catfish and shaded areas for saugeyes. For crappies, fish minnows
under a slip bobber along the edge of the lake.
Clear Fork Reservoir (Morrow and Richland counties) – Muskies
can be caught by fishing large crankbaits along the edges of
weedbeds. Anglers are also catching yellow perch using minnows and
red worms. Crappies can also be caught using minnows. Try fishing
around fallen trees and other structure.
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – The fall crappie bite has
continued to be good at Mogadore Reservoir despite the soggy
weather. Crappie jigs and tubes is all it’s taking to put some
slabs in the cooler. Fishing minnows on jigs or under a bobber is
also very effective. The crappies seem to be concentrated in deeper
water. Look for depths around 13 to 15 feet and begin fishing
toward the bottom starting out. Work your way up the water column
until you start to get consistent bites and then stick with that
depth. For some great fish recipes, visit www.wildohio.com.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – While fishing for saugeyes,
anglers caught bluegills, bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, perch
and saugeyes. Fishing is hot at this 2,350-acre lake located on
U.S. 250. Most fish were caught on chartreuse worm harnesses fished
between U.S. 250 and the island by the park ramp. Late morning
hours provided best results. The saugeyes were the most impressive,
measuring 12-21 inches in length. A 21-inch saugeye qualifies for
Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – This 444-acre lake, largely
owned by the Division of Wildlife, is found three miles east of
Akron, eight miles south of Kent, and one-half mile south of U.S.
224. It offers good bass, bluegill and catfishing (alternate-year
stocking efforts) and anglers can even commonly catch perch,
walleyes, and crappies as well. While shoreline fishing access is
very limited, boat anglers will see very good results. View a map
of this lake at wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE for a copy.
Boat anglers should note that only outboard motors of 10 hp or less
are permitted on the lake. Also, all catfish anglers should note
the daily bag limit of six channel catfish under 28 inches.
Sidenote: a new map of the 569-acre Wingfoot Wildlife Area is now
available. as well; keep in mind though most of the area is
marshland or lake.
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.
C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Crappies are biting on
jigs with plastic bodies and live minnows. Fishing is good from a
boat or the shoreline. Fish the bait slowly along the bottom, still
fish, or use a slip bobber. Fishing the bait between three to more
than 10 feet deep will produce results.
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 saugeyes 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 wax worms under a
bobber. Fish the bait two to four feet deep. Good fishing spots are
back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber.
East Fork (Clermont County) – Crappies are being caught by
anglers using wax worms, tubes, jigs, or medium to large sized
minnows tipped on white or chartreuse jigs. Fish the bait three to
six feet deep, 10 to 14, or 18 to 22 feet deep. Also look for good
crappie fishing on the points and back into the cove areas as well
as up and into Poplar and Clover creeks. 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. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using
night crawlers fished along the bottom in the mouths of the
Mad River (Clark, Montgomery counties) – Trout are being taken
on spinners and Roostertails. Wading the river and fishing from a
kayak are both popular with anglers.
AEP ReCreation Land (Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties) –
Cooler temperatures have spurred bass and bluegill activity in
these smaller ponds. Use worms or wax worms suspended under a
bobber for the best bluegill results. For largemouth bass, fish
close to shore using crankbaits in the late evening. Nice catches
of largemouth bass were reported over the weekend, with some bass
weighing in over 5 pounds.
Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) – Anglers looking for bluegills
should find success fishing below the spillway. Keep it simple by
fishing wax worms or meal worms under a bobber.
Muskingum River (Washington County) – Fishing for saugeyes,
white bass, and hybrid stripers is improving below the Devola dam.
Try casting jigs or crankbaits into the current and floating them
Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) – Fishing for crappies is starting
to pick up as the water starts to cool. Try casting pearl, white or
speckled two- to three-inch Twister or grub tails tipped with a
minnow into four to eight feet of water. Fish near submerged brush
piles, tree stumps, and old fence lines. Largemouth bass fishing
has been slow, although some anglers are still having success
fishing crankbaits and top water lures.
Scioto River (Scioto County) – Anglers have been using gizzard
shad fished off the bottom to pull in 15- to 20-pound flathead
catfish. Hot spots are the twin bridges and the mouth of the Scioto
going into the Ohio River. Hybrid striped bass and striped bass are
also being caught in the lower Scioto River from the confluence of
the Ohio River to Rushtown using three-to-five-inch imitation soft
bodied swim baits and shallow running stick baits (minnow
Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Anglers have been reeling in
several nice largemouth bass on spinner baits, twister tails, river
worms, and shallow-diving crankbaits. Decent-sized bluegill have
also been caught along shorelines with wax worms suspended under a
Lake Erie Region
Walleye: There have been very few walleye reports from the
western basin. 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: The best perch reports have come from the Toledo
water intake, Clinton Reef, and east of the Kelleys Island airport.
Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished
near the bottom.
Walleye: The best walleye fishing in the central basin continues
to be 4 to 6 miles north-northwest of Vermilion. Fish have been
caught mostly on deep diving crankbaits, and also on harnesses
behind divers. Most catches have been short of limits, but the
average size has been excellent.
Yellow perch: Fair to good fishing was reported in 32-38 feet of
water northwest-northeast of Edgewater State Park, in 37-42 feet
north-northeast of Gordon State Park, in 42-51 feet northwest of
Fairport and in 48 feet northeast 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 by shore anglers off the East 55th St.
Pier in Cleveland. Mornings and evenings have been best.
Steelhead Trout: Northeast Ohio rivers remain high due to rains
late last week. Conditions will improve throughout the week.
OHIO RIVER REGION
Belmont and Monroe counties -Smallmouth bass can be caught along
the riprap or by casting out with crankbaits resembling minnows or
shad. Short arm spinner baits (1⁄2-ounce) with dark colored skirts
and pork trailers can be effective, as well. In the Hannibal
tailwater, fish the West Virginia shore to the New Martinsville
bridge to catch the best action on smallies.
Western Ohio River – Anglers are still taking channel catfish.
They are being caught on chicken livers and cut bait around warm
water discharges. Carp are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids
are hitting Rapalas and rattletraps.