Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Wills Creek Reservoir (Coshocton County)

Bluegills can usually be reeled in using worms fished below bobbers throughout the shoreline of this 421-acre lake. Channel catfish can also be caught in the spillway area below the dam or near the fishing pier using cut baits, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers fished tight-line. Saugeye fishing has slowed but some fish can still be caught; the hot spot to fish continues to be just below the dam, especially during the high-volume water releases. Try using white or chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows.

Hanging Rock Ponds (Lawrence County)

Bluegill fishing is popular and fun this time of year. Fish can be caught using redworms and wax worms fished near underwater structure at an eight-foot depth. If you’re up for a little bit more of a challenge, anglers searching for largemouth bass can try red shad, plastic worms and buzzbaits fished in the early morning and late evening. For catfish, cut bait or chicken livers fished tight-line should produce some nice catches. These larger fish will tend to be more active in the cooler weather, so take advantage of early morning and late night opportunities.

Monroe Lake (Monroe County)

Fishing pressure is usually light at this lake when the weather gets hot. Most anglers are seeking channel catfish at night using nightcrawlers. Some largemouth bass may still be taken. The preferred methods usually include using nightcrawlers and plastic worms rigged Texas-style. Though night fishing is popular with catfish anglers, night angling for bass may also be a good tactic during the hot summer season. Try using surface lures like buzzbaits, Hula Poppers, or Zara Spooks for some top-water action.

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

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