Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015
Seneca Lake (3,584 acres; Guernsey and Noble counties) – As the water temperatures start to decrease, fishing for saugeyes will start to pick up. Try trolling shad-colored crankbaits or worm harnesses along the face of the dam, around the islands, and in Cadillac Bay. For largemouth bass, try fishing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, and the occasional white or smallmouth bass may be caught, as well. Shore anglers should stick to the area around the dam. For crappies, use a 1⁄16-ounce lead-head jig dressed with a small twister fished eight to 12 feet deep around structure. Maps and locations of submerged structure in the lake can be obtained by calling the District 4 office at (740) 589-9930.
Jackson Lake (251 acres; Jackson County) – For channel catfish, check out the old boathouse parking area, as well as the upper shelter house fishing area. Try using chicken livers and nightcrawlers fished from shore. For bluegills, a simple waxworm or red worm fished below a bobber usually works well.
Muskingum River (Muskingum, Morgan, and Washington counties) – For channel catfish, try using cut bait, bluegill, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom in the current. Look for deep holes and sand or gravel bars. Most anglers prefer using live baits, such as chubs and sunfish for flathead catfish. When fishing in the tailwaters, try fishing deep holes just below fast to moderate current. Carp are generally active in the fall. Try casting dough balls or corn. For saugeyes, use a variety of jigs and concentrate efforts below any of the 10 lock and dams between Dresden and Marietta.