Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – This 2,131-acre lake is known for its excellent fishery. A wide variety of fish species can be caught, including crappies, largemouth bass, bluegills, channel catfish, white bass, and saugeyes. Fall fishing in this lake should not be ignored. The scenery is beautiful as the leaves morph into rich autumn colors. For more information on tips and tactics for fishing any of the mentioned species, go to www.wildohio.com. Wheelchair accessible shoreline fishing facilities are available.
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – This 1,551-acre lake located on State Route 212, two miles south of New Cumberland offers great fishing. Species often caught by anglers include saugeyes, largemouth bass, crappies, white bass, and especially channel catfish. Saugeyes, a hybrid cross between a female walleye and a male sauger, have provided anglers with wonderful fishing opportunities for many years now. The Division of Wildlife originally stocked saugeyes in 1985 and, with the exception of one year, continued an aggressive stocking program. One of the best ways to catch saugeyes is to use a small jig (1⁄32 or 1⁄8) and tip it with a piece of nightcrawler. Simply cast, let the bait sink, and slowly retrieve. The strike will be gentle, so watch for a twitch in the line.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – West Branch Reservoir’s muskie fishing has remained hot. Muskies are still being caught in decent numbers across the lake. To specifically target muskies, try trolling cranks, possibly downsizing to match young shad, and running baits in the prop wash. Anglers are also catching fish casting large inline spinners.
Lake Erie Tributaries – The fall steelhead anglers’ rain dance has finally paid off, bringing some rain and high water last week. The flashes of fly rods and noodle rods around an evening fire must have been what it took to spurt the cherished rain needed to start the steelhead run. The rain and high water did the trick with reports of steelhead being caught in streams and rivers throughout northeast Ohio. For detailed information on where and how to fish for steelhead, visit www.wildohio.com.