Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – The bass bite has been particularly poor so far this spring on this Cambridge-area lake, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. The winning bag at a recent bass tournament was five pounds, he said. Muskies are being caught by anglers fishing for bass. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits that will typically work for bass will also entice the muskie bite.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992
Monroe Lake (Monroe County) – Productive areas for largemouth bass generally include the areas along submerged weed beds or woody cover. Try using shallow running crankbaits fished at a depth of six feet. Bluegill angling should be good this week as temperatures continue to warm. Anglers should seek out shallow areas in the upper end of the lake in hopes of catching some bluegills on spawning beds. Submerged structure maps of this lake can be obtained by contacting the District Four, Division of Wildlife office in Athens at (740) 589-9930.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Saugeyes in the 20-25-inch range can be taken near the dam by shore and boat anglers. Best fishing is at dusk or dawn, or all day if there is cloud cover. Most fish can generally be caught on jigs and minnows fished six to eight feet deep using a slip bobber. Fair numbers of nice black crappies in the 12-14-inch range can be caught in the same area with minnows fished three to four feet deep. A few largemouth bass from 12 to 19 inches have been caught on spinner baits fished slowly in shallow water.
Ross Lake (Ross County) – Several areas of submerged structure have enhanced this 143-acre lake. Try casting waxworms or nightcrawlers over some of this submerged structure for good catches of bluegills. Fishing for largemouth bass should be picking up. Try casting plastic worms and crankbaits.