Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015
Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Fish for largemouth bass using green-colored crankbaits. Cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas and reel in slowly. Channel catfish can be fished for at night using cut baits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
Hanging Rock Ponds (Lawrence County) – 50-75 ponds of various sizes can be found on this recreation area operated by the Wayne National Forest and surveyed and stocked by the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. Some of the ponds can be driven to by vehicle, some by ATV (with Wayne NF Trail Permit), and some are walk-in only. Spring is a great time to catch bluegills as they gather in shallow water to spawn, which makes these ponds a great destination. During this time, bluegills become aggressive and can be fairly easy to catch. Both the novice and experienced angler will enjoy fishing for bluegills since these fish can be caught with just about any tackle, will take a great variety of baits, are not particularly wary, and fight well for their size. Once you locate a bed, cast a piece of worm, jig, or other bait beyond the bed and slowly retrieve it through the nesting area.
Lake Alma (Vinton County) – Bluegills are always a popular fish for anglers, whether experts or beginners. This 74-acre lake provides some excellent opportunities for these common sunfish. Try using waxworms and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass can also be caught using artificial baits, including jigs with twister tails, and rattletraps. Try fishing the back side of the lake and under the bridge. Electric motors only.