Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013
Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – Trophy striped bass can be targeted using artificial lures trolled near the first small island outside of the no wake zone. Saugeyes can be caught by drift-fishing jigs tipped with a twister tail and a minnow, or try twister jigs tipped with a nightcrawler and fished with a slow retrieve along the bottom. The area around the upper island and submerged humps near the mouth of Cadillac Bay are always popular with anglers. Channel cats can be caught off the banks of the lake near Briar Hill Road past the last island in the upper section of the lake. Try chicken livers or nightcrawlers for bait.
Hocking River (Hocking and Athens counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing is usually popular this time of year. The best smallie fishing tends to be in pools and near submerged structure, rocks, or root systems. Successful baits include minnows, roostertails, soft craws, and twisters. Any of these can be effective when fished from canoes or the shoreline. Channel catfish can also be found throughout the river. Try using cut bait, bluegills, and minnows.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers looking for largemouth bass have many opportunities in this 3,060-acre lake. Try a white colored lure in a jig-n-pig combo or a spinnerbait where known structure occurs, both underwater and above. For those who want to get up early or stay out late, try casting topwater lures and buzz baits during low-light hours. Muskie anglers can also find many opportunities for fish in this popular lake. Trolling or casting using traditional large muskie lures or the smaller three- to five-inch shad imitation lures can produce results.
Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Anglers should have success catching good numbers of catfish throughout the lake, fishing with cut baits or livers fished off the bottom. If fishing from shore, try a tight line using chicken livers or nightcrawlers. You should still be able to catch trout using baits fished off the boardwalk pier. Largemouth bass may still be caught in good numbers using a variety of artificial lures.