Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland county line) – 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. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye, and yellow perch. For saugeye, trolling a jointed 21⁄2-inch, 1⁄4-ounce lure about 10 to 15 feet deep is usually very effective. At nighttime, try trolling in 10 to 15 feet of water in front of the beach with a jig tipped with a live minnow. Smallmouth bass can be caught in the deeper, lower end of the reservoir while more largemouth bass are caught in the shallower upper end of the lake.
Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) – Located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding, this reservoir provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing bluegills this time of year. Try using nightcrawlers or waxworms on slip bobbers set five to six feet deep during the mornings and evenings anywhere in the reservoir. Only boats 16 feet or less may be used. Electric motors may be used, but no gasoline engines are allowed. A lifetime “boat license” is required from the Village of Paulding.
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – The shoreline of this reservoir consists of rocks, a wetland shelf, and sand beach area, which all provide a lot of cover for largemouth bass. Try fishing along the west side as well as in the standing timber. Bluegills have also been biting recently. Try using shrimp or bits of nightcrawlers.
Willard Reservoir (Huron County) – Walleyes should be biting now. As the water temperature begins to cool, fish for walleyes along the contour breaks located throughout the reservoir. Try casting diving crankbaits and jigs with minnows or vertical jigging blade bits. Yellow perch are usually found in the same areas as walleyes. The best baits for open water fishing are minnows and worms. There is a boat ramp available, but only electric motors may be used. A boat permit must be obtained from the city of Willard at city hall.
Auglaize River (Paulding County) – Anglers have been catching channel catfish and crappies in the river over the past couple of weeks. For crappies, try fishing four to six feet deep using crappie rigs or crappie jigs tipped with minnows. The best successes have come in the mornings and evenings.
Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Smallmouth bass should be biting again this month. Overcast mornings and evenings usually produce the best results. Try fishing the rocks along the island and the south shore, as well as the reefs. Cast the shoreline using crayfish, crankbaits, or soft baits. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the reservoir.
Van Wert Reservoirs #1 and #2 (Van Wert County) – These two reservoirs are on State Route 127 at the south edge of the city of Van Wert. Anglers should have success catching sunfish at Van Wert Reservoir #1. Anglers should try using waxworms under a slip bobber set to seven feet during the mornings and evenings. Try fishing along the southeast bank. Bass anglers should head over to Van Wert Reservoir #2. Try casting crankbaits around structure from a boat. Boats are permitted on both reservoirs; however, no boat ramps are available. Boats must have a permit from the city of Van Wert.