Northeast Oho Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013
Deer Creek (Stark County) – The bass fishing has picked up at this scenic, electric-only lake. Try crankbaits near the causeway or soft plastics around wood cover for the chance at a big one. Bluegills continue to bite along the shoreline on worms or waxworms suspended under bobbers. The catfish action has slowed a little, with the bite switching to nightcrawlers fished off the bottom.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – Bass fishing has picked up at this larger lake as well, with fast-moving lures triggering strikes. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits near weeds, wood, or rock cover. Saugeyes continue to bite as well, with crawler harnesses being the top bait. Some anglers are reporting success on crankbaits for saugeyes as well.
Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County) – The bass bite has been explosive at this remote, wildlife area lake. Topwaters and crankbaits have been producing tremendous catches of schooling fish chasing gizzard shad. Focus on the dam area and offshore structure. Anglers continue to catch good numbers of sunfish off the fishing pier on bobbers, and some catfish continue to be caught off the bottom on chicken livers. Common carp have moved shallow to spawn and are making a ruckus in the lily pads, providing a great opportunity for bowfishing anglers.
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – The offshore bass bite was good last week, with schooling largemouths chasing gizzard shad, providing excellent periods of fishing. Anglers have been catching good numbers of schooling bass with rattle baits and deep-diving crankbaits. Shoreline bass action has been good as well, with anglers taking bass on topwater baits and soft plastics. Offshore, yellow perch fishing has improved lately. Target the 10- to 15-foot depths with pin-mins tipped with wax worms for these delicious panfish. The night bite has heated up for catfish; try chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or shad fished off the bottom for a good shot at a Fish Ohio trophy.
Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – Largemouth bass have been biting well around lily pads and offshore weed beds. Soft jerkbaits have been producing numbers of fish, with the exceptionally clear water demanding natural colors. Bluegills and sunfish are available in similar areas, and can be caught readily on wax worms fished under a bobber. Shoreline anglers have been catching catfish on chicken livers and nightcrawlers.