Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) – Largemouth and smallmouth bass will continue to bite throughout the summer. Try using deep-diving lures, large-bladed spinnerbaits, or working artificial or live nightcrawlers around long sloping points or large rocks. Anglers in the past have also found success using worm tubes and lizards from motor oil to chartreuse in color. Nice-sized crappies can be caught on jigs in six to 10 feet of water. Try fishing around downed trees. For saugeyes, try bouncing white twister tails off the bottom near Reynolds Road and in front of the dam, or try using green twister tails tipped with a nightcrawler or minnow fished around rocky or sandy points. Muskies can usually be caught throughout the lake on large plugs. Try trolling the dam area and around Essex Bay, especially during early morning and evening.

Muskingum River (Muskingum, Morgan, and Washington counties) – Late spring and early summer can be great times to fish for crappies in a stream. Don’t let the current deter you, just learn how to use it to your advantage for a successful trip. Crappies will find shelter from the faster water while keeping a position where they can easily feed. Look for any current breaks in the water that allow a calm eddy pocket to form, such as points, riffles, rock piles, trees, brush, stumps, or docks. Crappies will face into the current, so cast upstream and let your bait drift by giving them the best chance to see it and strike. Try fishing small jigs tipped with minnows. Spotted bass fishing is also popular this time of year. Try fishing small spinnerbaits, tube baits, and crayfish imitation baits. Spotted bass are the predominant black bass in this river, however smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught, as well.

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