Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012
Muskingum River (Washington County)
Try casting into the tailwater areas for “gill” catches that average seven inches, with anglers usually reporting good numbers caught in the Marietta pool. Try using redworms and wax worms fished under a bobber for best results. For saugers, try fishing in the early morning and at sunset using jigs tipped with minnows, and jigs with rubber bodies. Crappie fishing is best around heavy cover along the river; try casting small jigs tipped with minnows.
Turkey Creek Lake (Scioto County)
Channel catfish can be caught from the dam at this small lake in Shawnee State Park. A good catch can be the 20- to 24-inch range. Try fishing chicken livers or nightcrawlers off the bottom. A large population of 8- to 12-inch black bass is present in this lake and can be targeted using rubber worms and spinners fished on the bottom in the shallow waters on the north side of the lake. Redear sunfish up to 8 inches have been caught on nightcrawlers fished in six feet of water off the point across from the beach.
Monroe Lake (Monroe County)
Bluegill fishing is generally excellent at this 39-acre lake; use a simple worm fished under a bobber cast into any of the spawning beds. Largemouth bass should be starting to bite on plastic baits; try salamanders, rubber worms, and top-water baits. This lake has an active 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass and a 10-horsepower limit.