Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – April 25th, 2014
Mosquito Lake (7,241 acres; Trumbull County) – Mosquito Creek Lake is situated within Mosquito Lake State Park in Trumbull County approximately one mile west of State Route 5 in Cortland. Five maintained boat-launch ramps in addition to 250 docks (available for seasonal rental) are situated around this lake, providing convenient access. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Walleye: Jigs and soft plastic paired with minnows fished while wading from shore or blade baits vertically jigged from boats have proved to be good this time of year. Crappie: Small jigs with or without minnows or minnows on a No. 6 or smaller hook. Northern pike: Most readily caught this time of year using large shiners, spoons, or crankbaits.
Atwood Lake (1,529 acres; Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – Atwood Lake is located at the western edge of Dellroy in western Carroll County along State Route 542. The dam is in Tuscarawas County on State Route 212. Shore and boat fishing are allowed. Three boat-launch ramps are situated around this lake. Atwood Lake is restricted to boats with motors of 25 hp or less. Crappie: Minnows on a No. 6 or smaller hook or small jigs with or without minnows, fished around structure. Saugeye: Jig and minnow or jig and nightcrawler combinations, fished around mid-lake points and drop-offs. Largemouth bass: Spinnerbaits, surface lures, and plastic worms. Sunfish: Waxworms, maggots, or small worms, small hook (No. 10 or smaller).
West Branch Reservoir (2,300-acres; Portage County) – This lake is located just east of Ravenna and offers more than 40 miles of shoreline fishing, as well as two boat ramps, which are both accessible from Cable Line Road. Boat anglers new to this lake should call Wildlife District 3 at (330) 644-2293 to discuss this lake with a fisheries biologist since it can be tough to navigate due to shallow spots (although water is a bit high as of April 14). A map can be viewed at www.wildohio.com. Crappie: west of Rock Springs Road, nine- to 12-inch fish, use jig heads with grub tails tipped with minnows in 13 to 20 feet of water about six to 10 feet down. Walleye: Use No. 10 husky jerks when the sun is shining with little or no wind.