Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 9th, 2012

Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum County)

Saugeye fishing generally picks up in the late fall, and this 375-acre lake is a great place to find this popular sport fish. Jig-and-Twister combinations, vibrating blade baits, stick baits, and live baits such as minnows are all popular with anglers. Try fishing any of these around shallow flats, points, or areas with riprap. The tailwater area below the dam can also be very successful. Dusk and evening times may be your best bet for activity.

Slope Creek Reservoir (Belmont County)

Also known as Barnesville Reservoir No. 3, this lake is located just five miles south of Barnesville off McGinnis Road and is home to many popular sport fish. The cooler temperatures of fall will start moving largemouth bass back into shallower water. Try using spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations fished near structure such as fallen trees or weedbed edges. A slot length limit is imposed on this lake, so only bass smaller than 12 inches and larger than 15 inches may be kept. Although not as abundant, bluegills can be found throughout the lake. A simple wax worm or redworm fished below a bobber should be sufficient. A few crappies may also be found but the population is low in numbers. Electric motors only.

Dow Lake (Athens County)

This 171-acre lake, located inside Strouds Run State Park, is a popular destination for local anglers. Shore access is available from U.S. Rt. 50, and boat access is available from County Road 20 (Stroud’s Run Road). Fall offers great opportunities for largemouth bass as the cooler temperatures cause the fish to move back to shallower water. Try fishing around structure such as weedbeds and fallen trees using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. 

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