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Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 24th, 2014

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (781 acres; Richland-Ashland County line) – Good numbers of crappies from 9-10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in 8-12 feet of water near submerged trees. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye, and yellow perch. For saugeye, trolling a jointed 21⁄2-inch, 1⁄4-ounce lure about 10-15 feet deep is usually very effective. At nighttime, try trolling in 10-15 feet of water in front of the beach with a jig tipped with a live minnow. Smallmouth bass: can be caught in the deeper, lower end of the reservoir while more largemouth bass are caught in the shallower upper end of the lake. 

Paulding Reservoir (67 acres; Paulding County) – Located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding, this reservoir provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing bluegills this time of year. Try using nightcrawlers or waxworms on slip bobbers set to 5-6 feet deep during the mornings and evenings anywhere in the reservoir. Only boats 16-feet or less may be used. Electric motors may be used, but no gasoline engines are allowed. A $2 lifetime “boat license” is required from the Village of Paulding. 

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (118 acres; Wyandot County) – Largemouth bass: The shoreline consists of rocks, a wetland shelf, and sand beach area, which all provide a lot of cover for largemouth bass. Try fishing along the west side as well as in the standing timber. Bluegill: have also been biting recently. Try using shrimp or bits of nightcrawlers. 

Willard Reservoir (199 acres; Huron County) – Walleye: should be biting now. As the water temperature begins to cool, fish for walleye along the contour breaks located throughout the reservoir. Try casting diving crankbaits and jigs with minnows or vertical jigging blade bits. Yellow perch: are usually found in the same areas as walleyes. The best baits for open water fishing are minnows and worms. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at city hall.

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