Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013
Atwood Lake (Carroll & Tuscarawas counties) – White bass are active this time of year and are easy to catch. Watching for surface disturbances or circling birds can reveal the location of feeding schools of these fish, which may then be caught on a variety of small, minnow-imitating baits such as silver Shad Raps or spoons. Division of Wildlife sampling in the past few years found excellent numbers of white bass from 10 to 14 inches. Numerous channel catfish are also present in Atwood Lake, with most fish more than 16 inches in length, and many exceeding 24 inches. Catfish are also biting well, and can be caught off the bottom near structure such as points, humps, and creek channels on a variety of natural baits. Nightcrawlers, cut fish, chicken liver, and shrimp can all prove effective.
West Branch Lake (Portage County) – West Branch Lake offers a variety of quality angling opportunities. Muskellunge have been biting periodically. These large fish are suspended over deep water, and may be caught trolling large (six- to 10-inch) medium-running crankbaits in baitfish patterns. Walleyes have been biting in deeper water as well. Jigging with curly tailed grubs or trolling worm harnesses in orange or chartreuse near structure in the 15- to 20-foot depth range has been productive. Numbers of walleyes are fair, but most walleyes caught will be more than 15 inches, with a good proportion more than 20 inches. Largemouth bass are being caught in weedbeds from five to 10 feet deep. Texas-rigged six- to eight-inch plastic worms in dark colors, and white or green pumpkin colored soft plastic jerkbaits have begun to produce fish.
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – Anglers have really enjoyed the catfish action this summer at Mogadore Reservoir. It has continued to produce nice catches of channels. Anglers are doing well using shad caught by cast nets. Most fish are being caught after the sun goes down in the shallow flat areas.