Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County)
This 67-acre reservoir is located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding. It provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing bluegills this time of year. Try using nightcrawlers or wax worms on slip bobbers set to 5 to 6 feet deep during the mornings and evenings. Fish are being caught reservoir-wide. Only boats 16 feet or less may be used. Electric motors may be used, but no gasoline engines are allowed. A $2 lifetime “boat license” is required from the Village of Paulding.
Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County)
Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a new floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Smallmouth bass should be biting this month. Overcast mornings usually produce the best results. Try fishing the rocks along the island and the south shore, as well as the reefs. Cast the shoreline using crayfish, crankbaits or soft baits. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the reservoir.
Defiance Reservoir (Defiance County)
Defiance Reservoir is located at the intersection of Canal Road and Kibble Road, on the west side of Defiance. A boat ramp is located on the northwest corner of the reservoir. Only electric motors are allowed. This reservoir was constructed in 2007, and stocked in 2008 with yellow perch, walleyes, saugeyes, bluegills, largemouth bass and channel catfish. This month, the yellow perch have been biting. Try fishing with minnows or red worms just off the bottom. Anglers have been catching fish measuring 8 to 11 inches from shore, as well as from boats.
Barton Lake (Williams County)
Barton Lake is located on the St. Joseph River Wildlife Area, along County Road J, West of County Road 10, southwest of Montpelier. It is 19 acres in size and now is an excellent time to pursue catfish in the lake. Try fishing during the evenings in the southwest corner of the lake. Nightcrawlers fished under a bobber or tight-lined usually produce the best results. A ramp for small boats is available. There is a limit of 10 sunfish area wide, and only 5 bass, which must be 18 inches in length, may be kept.
Willard Reservoir (Huron County)
Yellow perch usually start biting this time of year at the reservoir, which is located on State Route 61, two miles north of New Haven. As the water temperature begins to cool this fall, try fishing just off of the bottom in 19 feet of water, using spreaders tipped with minnows or red worms. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at City Hall.
McComb Reservoir #2 (Hancock County)
This reservoir is located east of the town of McComb off of South Park Drive, just south of State Route 613. Yellow perch should begin biting again this month. The best fishing is usually from a boat, in the deeper water. Try fishing with spreaders tipped with minnows or red worms placed near or on the bottom. A concrete boat ramp is available. Boats are restricted to electric motors only.