Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013
Burr Oak Lake (Athens and Morgan counties) – Sunfish can generally be found this time of year in most places using nightcrawlers and wax worms fished under a bobber. In past years, good catches of largemouth bass have been reported by anglers fishing in the early morning hours near woody structure and also by the dam. Try using topwater lures and crankbaits.
Ross Lake (Ross County) – The fishing pressure for channel catfish at this 127-acre lake is generally low, so despite the heat, you can still reel in fish. Try fishing tight-line from shore using nightcrawlers or chicken livers. While fishing for largemouth bass is most productive in the spring and fall, if you’re up for a little bit of a challenge they can still be caught in the summer. Picture an imaginary line at the midpoint of the lake between the fishing pier on the east side of the lake and the northernmost pier on the west side of the lake and you can locate an old submerged road bed. Try slowly dragging a Carolina rig with your favorite plastic bait across the road bed and along the sides of the road bed. Fish are more likely to be feeding in early morning and late evening hours when the weather is cooler.
Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) – Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and start looking for bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using topwater baits near weedlines or using plastic worms in dark colors, which include purple, motor oil, and black. Generally this time of year the most successful times will be late evening and early morning, but if you’re feeling adventurous fish may also be caught throughout the night. Some bluegills and other sunfish may be caught as well using nightcrawlers fished below a bobber. Try targeting the marina area.
Lake Logan (Hocking County) – Nice catches of largemouth bass have been found in this 333-acre lake in the past. Most anglers prefer fishing the shorelines from a boat. Try using spinnerbaits to target the fish. This lake is also popular with catfish anglers. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom in addition to cut bait such as shad or suckers.