Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015
Muskingum River (Coshocton, Morgan, and Washington counties) – Catfish anglers should continue to be successful with some quality catches of fish. For flathead catfish, try using live suckers, goldfish, and sunfish. But for channel catfish, stick to the tried-and-true nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut bait. Current eddies at any of the low-head dams and at the mouth of larger tributary streams have typically been the most productive sites. Try looking for flathead catfish below the McConnelsville Lock and Dam #7 using live bait such as gizzard shad or skipjacks.
Lake Hope (Vinton County) – Fishing should continue to be productive. Bluegills and crappies can be caught this time of year on minnows and worms fished under a bobber. If you’re looking for bass, try using artificial topwater lures. Channel catfish can also be found in this lake, typically up to 3 pounds. Try fishing nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or cut bait on the bottom.