Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015
Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a newer floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Channel catfish should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores. Nightcrawlers or cut baits fished tightlined on the bottom, or just off bottom using slip bobbers, produce the best results. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the reservoir.
Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland and Morrow counties) – Located just eight miles south of Mansfield along State Route 97, this 971-acre reservoir is well-known for its muskellunge population. It is one of the eight lakes stocked with muskellunge in Ohio. However, the reservoir also has good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. Bluegill fishing should be excellent this time of year with fish ranging from five to seven inches, with an occasional nine-inch fish being taken. Try using waxworms or worm pieces fished under a bobber along the edges of weed beds. Largemouth bass fishing should also be excellent right now. Try using jigs tipped with pork, fished near structure located on the bottom. There are three picnic areas with access to the lake along the south side of the reservoir. Shore fishing is allowed only along the south and west shorelines from the Orewiler Road bridge to a point 1,000 feet upstream of the dam. There are no motor size restrictions, but an 8 mph speed limit is enforced by the city of Mansfield.
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland county line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is next to Mohican State Forest, two miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Good numbers of crappies from nine to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in eight to 12 feet of water near submerged trees. Catfish and yellow perch can also be caught using worms fished on the bottom near the fishing dock.