Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012
Lake Hope (Vinton County)
Late evening and early morning hours can provide some great fishing opportunities for those looking to beat the heat. Largemouth bass can be caught along the shoreline using a variety of artificial top-water lures; try black plastic worms, motor oil-colored tubes, or pearl to white crankbaits. Bluegills and crappies can be reeled in using minnows or worms fished under a bobber. Channel catfish can be caught on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or cut baits fished on the bottom.
Wolf Run Lake (Noble County)
Anglers like this 220-acre lake for sunfish and catfish. Sunfish in the six- to seven-inch range can be reeled in at any shoreline access along the lake using wax worms fished under a bobber. Catfish anywhere from 10 to 20 inches have been caught in the past using cut baits, nightcrawlers and chicken livers fished on the bottom. Successful catfish areas include the more shallow waters where the creek enters the lake. Try fishing in the evening hours through early morning to take advantage of the cooler weather. A few saugeyes have also been caught; try a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler fished around brush piles or the area close to the beach in the upper end of the lake.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County)
Anglers looking for largemouth bass have many opportunities in this 3,060-acre lake. Try a white colored lure in a jig-n-pig combo or a spinnerbait where known structure occurs, both underwater and above. For those who want to get up early or stay out late, try trolling top-water lures and buzzbaits during low light-hours. Muskie anglers can also find many opportunities for fish in this popular lake. Try using traditional large muskie lures or the smaller three-to-five-inch shad imitation lures. Catfish are also popular this time of year. Try fishing from shore by tight line using chicken livers or nightcrawlers. The most successful areas are generally in the shallow upper region of the late and at creek channels.