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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 12th, 2014

Burr Oak Lake (632 acres; Athens and Morgan counties) – Largemouth bass: If fishing during the day, try using plastic worms at the edge of weedlines. If fishing during the night, try using top-water baits in the lily pads, especially in the upper end around Dock 3. Channel catfish: Nighttime fishing is normally reliable at most major tributary sites within the lake, especially where the east branch of Sunday Creek enters in the upper end of the lake around Dock 3. Tight-line fishing using nightcrawlers or chicken livers is the preferred method, but other baits like shrimp, red worms, and cut bait should work just as well.

Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) – Largemouth bass: Fishing success will continue to improve with the cooling temperatures. Crankbaits or spinnerbaits cast parallel to the shoreline are popular choices for anglers. As shad begin moving into the lower end of the lake, shad-colored baits should be the most successful. Saugeye: On bright days, fish in deeper water and on overcast days fish in shallow water. The most successful technique in the past has been vertical jigging with twister tails in a variety of colors tipped with a nightcrawler. Smallmouth bass: Nighttime angling for smallies is especially productive this time of year: fish along rocky shorelines in six to nine feet of water using tube jugs and spinnerbaits. Short-arm spinnerbaits (7⁄16- ounce) with a pork trailer work well at this lake. Spinnerbaits should be retrieved slowly just along the bottom over rocky substrate.

Lake Logan (341 acres; Hocking County) – Largemouth bass: Early evening hours are usually the best. Try a variety of top-water plugs, flies, crayfish, or plastic worms. Saugeye: The area near the beach is generally a favorite in the early evening hours. Use leeches, worms, or artificial worms to catch one of these tasty fish.

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