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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 27th, 2013

Northeast Ohio Reservoirs – Largemouth bass are biting well across the region if your timing is right. Target areas with visible baitfish activity, looking for actively feeding bass. Experiment with aggressive reaction baits such as crankbaits and rattle baits, or slower presentations such as unweighted finesse worms or topwater baits, to determine the mood of the fish.  When the action slows, target deeper-water structure or dense cover with soft plastics or jigs.

Northeast Ohio Rivers – Along the same lines as above, smallmouth bass action has been really good in the rivers in Northeast Ohio. Anglers are catching great numbers of smallmouths on many types of soft plastics such as tubes, grubs, and paddle tails. Two of the hotter rivers right now are the Chagrin River (Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties) and the Tuscarawas River (Stark, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties). Other rivers to consider smallmouth fishing are the Cuyahoga River, Little Beaver Creek, and the Rocky River.

Leesville Lake (Carroll County) – Anglers are catching catfish on chicken livers and shad. Sizes being caught are all over the board. Most anglers are doing well fishing the few flats that can be found on Leesville Lake. Peak fishing times are from dusk to midnight.

Portage Lakes (Summit County) – The fall bite can be outstanding with many of the species of fish going into a feeding frenzy before winter temperatures arrive. A great opportunity exists on the Portage Lakes to put some nice fillets in the fridge for a Saturday/Sunday gameday fish fry. Really nice redear and bluegill sunfish are being caught from shore by anglers using a pin-min with wax worm under a bobber. Anglers fishing from boats are doing well using a small jig or drop-shot rig with small pieces of nightcrawlers. Fish being kept are in the 7- to 9-inch range. Check out the Division of Wildlife’s Cookbook ( for some good recipes.

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