Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 20th, 2014
AEP ReCreation Lands (Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble counties) – Bluegill: are found in nearly every impoundment at the ReCreation Lands. Targeting them with live bait is a great choice; try small red worms, waxworms, or crickets fished under a small bobber. If you prefer artificial baits, a small jig or fly under a float works well, just make sure your bait is small enough that the bluegill can easily fit it in their mouths. A 20-fish daily limit is in effect for all species (singly or in combination) of sunfish at this area. A free permit is required to fish the AEP ReCreation Lands.
Veto Lake (160 acres; Washington County) – Crappie: Try fishing a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom. Target areas along woody vegetation. Sunfish: A variety of sunfish, including bluegill, should all be biting this time of year. Try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Largemouth bass: Try using green-colored crankbaits cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas, and reel in slowly.
Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) – Largemouth and smallmouth bass: will continue to bite throughout the summer. Try using deep-diving lures, large-bladed spinnerbaits, or working artificial or live nightcrawlers around long sloping points or large rocks. Anglers in the past have also found success using worm tubes and lizards from motor oil to chartreuse in color. Crappie: Nice-sized fish can be caught on jigs in six to 10 feet of water. Try fishing around downed trees. Saugeye: Try bouncing white twister tails off the bottom near Reynolds Road and in front of the dam, or try using green twister tails tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow fished around rocky or sandy points. Muskie: can usually be caught throughout the lake on large plugs. Try trolling the dam area and around Essex Bay, especially during early morning and evening.
Muskingum River (Muskingum, Morgan, and Washington counties) – Crappie: Late spring and early summer can be great times to fish for crappie in a stream. Don’t let the current deter you, just learn how to use it to your advantage for a successful trip. Crappie will find shelter from the faster water while keeping a position where they can easily feed. Look for any current breaks in the water that allow a calm eddy pocket to form, such as points, riffles, rock piles, trees, brush, stumps, or docks. Crappie will face into the current, so cast upstream and let your bait drift by giving them the best chance to see it and strike. Try fishing small jigs tipped with minnows. Spotted bass: fishing is also popular this time of year. Try fishing small spinnerbaits, tube baits, and crayfish imitation baits. Spotted bass are the predominant black bass in this river, however smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught as well.