Scioto River (Scioto County) – Flathead catfish: Hot spots are generally the twin bridges and the mouth of the Scioto going into the Ohio River. Try fishing gizzard shad or live skipjack on the bottom. Hybrid striped bass: Target the lower Scioto River from the confluence of the Ohio River to Rushtown using 3-5 inch imitation soft bodied swimbaits and shallow running stick baits (minnow imitations). Channel catfish: Try nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or cut bait to reel in a decent-sized fish.
Dillon Lake (1,376 acres; Muskingum County) – Largemouth bass: Anglers can enjoy fishing with spinnerbaits, twister tails, and shallow-diving crankbaits. Crappie: Try drift fishing with minnows, especially in areas with fallen and submerged trees. Channel and flathead catfish: Try suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Best times are after a rainfall event or when the river is on the rise. Saugeye and hybrid striped bass: Don’t overlook the tailwaters this time of year.
Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) – Smallmouth bass: The stretch of river by White’s Mill in the Athens area is always a popular, and usually successful, spot for local anglers. Try casting crawfish imitating crankbaits or artificial soft crawfish in the deeper pools of the river. The old train station in Nelsonville, Falls Mill, and Kachelmacher Park in Logan are all popular spots for smallie anglers. Concentrate your fishing in high velocity current, where woody structure is present in more than 20 inches of water. Also try shallow diving minnow imitation lures, or use white and chartreuse twister-tails on ⅛- to ¼-ounce jigs. Channel catfish: can be caught this time of year in deep pools or along rocks using nightcrawlers, cut shad, or chicken livers.
Wolf Run Lake (201 acres; Noble County) – Channel catfish: The cooling temperatures of October and November can provide some great opportunities for channel cats. Cut shad, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers will all catch fish. Largemouth bass: Cooler temperatures also trigger these popular sportfish to start feeding more actively. Fish near shallow structure such as tree stumps, fallen trees, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-and-pig combinations work well.