Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

Burr Oak Lake (Athens and Morgan counties)

Fishing this lake for largemouth bass is always popular with anglers. If fishing during the day, try using worm harnesses and plastic worms at the edge of weedlines.  If fishing at night, try using top-water baits in the lily pads especially in the upper end around Dock 3. A rare saugeye may be caught using these same methods, however they have not been stocked in the lake since 2004.  Night fishing for channel catfish is normally reliable at most tributary sites within the lake, especially where the east branch of Sunday Creek enters in the upper end of the lake around Dock 3. Tight-line fishing using nightcrawlers or chicken livers is the preferred method, but other baits like shrimp, red worms, and cut bait should work just as well. Yearling catfish are again being stocked on alternating years, so watch for improved fishing success over the next few years.

Scioto River (Scioto County)

Anglers looking for great catfish opportunities should give the river a try. Fishing below the State Route 348 Bridge at Lucasville has been a hot spot in recent years for shovelhead catfish. The most popular technique has been using a live green sunfish on a bottom rig with a heavy ounce sinker, using a leader line about one foot off the bottom. Using any traditional catfish bait should also be successful. Channel catfish have been known to use the sandbar near the State Route 348 bridge at night. These can be easy to catch on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County)

Largemouth bass fishing has been slow due to high temperatures. However, the use of top-water baits near weedlines should still produce some catches. Try using plastic worms in dark colors like purple, motor oil and black. Most successful times for fishing should be late evening, throughout the night, and in the early morning hours of daybreak when the temperatures are coolest. Some bluegill sunfish can also be caught using small redworms, wax worms, or mealworms fished below a bobber. Waters at this area are normally clear, but watershed events can modify lake conditions. Catfishing opportunities can be excellent in this reservoir and feeder tributary streams during a water rise after an extended low water condition. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers, and cut bait are the preferred baits, fished tight-line on the bottom near creek channels.

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