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Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) – The summer heat has pushed the walleye bite back till after sundown. Walleyes are moving up the offshore structure as the sun sets, feeding aggressively on jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and minnows. Look for points, drop-offs, and shallow flats adjacent to deep water. Catfish have been biting well on a variety of natural baits off these same areas throughout the day at almost any time. Deep stump fields have been productive for panfish. Crappie activity has also shifted to nighttime, when anglers are catching them on jigs tipped with small minnows. Rattling bobbers have been key to attracting these tasty fish. During the day, bluegills have been caught from the same areas, as well as off the shoreline, on red worms. Shorelines and weed beds have also been hot for largemouth bass, with anglers taking numbers of fish on spinner baits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged plastic worms.

Nimisila Lake (Summit County) – The summer heat has slowed bass fishing somewhat, but anglers are still catching fair numbers early and late in the day. Shallow shoreline areas are consistently producing keeper sized bass on soft plastics, while deeper main lake structure is periodically producing larger fish. Walleyes have been active near the dam and can be taken on trolled worm harnesses, and average-sized bluegill are also biting well near shore on maggots.

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – Muskie fishing has been hot at this busy reservoir despite low water levels. Anglers are catching good numbers of these exciting fish on crankbaits trolled in 15-feet or more of water. Regular long line trolling is popular, but anglers also do well here trolling baits in their prop wash, as little as eight feet behind the boat. Anglers trolling with short lines for muskie should be sure to loosen their drag somewhat relative to long line trolling to prevent break-offs. Be cautious when operating your watercraft due to low water levels.

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