Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015
Monroe Lake (Monroe County) – At 39 acres, this lake north of Woodsfield might be considered small when compared to other lakes in the area, but that doesn’t mean the fishing opportunities are small. Cooler fall temperatures will trigger largemouth bass to start moving back into shallow water areas, and fishing success should start to pick up as bass prepare for winter. Try using traditional soft plastic baits and crankbaits around woody debris or vegetation. Fish for bluegills using waxworms suspended under a bobber at three to four feet. Channel catfish can still be caught this time of year, too. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or cut bait should produce nice results. There is a 10-horsepower limit for outboard motors.
New Lexington Reservoirs 1 and 2 (Perry County) – To access Reservoir 1 from New Lexington, travel north on State Route 13, and turn right on Perry County Road 19. To access Reservoir 2, travel north on State Route 13, turn right on Township Road 149, and then turn right on Township Road 150. A 2010 survey of Reservoir 1 showed good catches of bass larger than 20 inches, according to the Division of Wildlife. Try using topwater baits and jig-n-pigs in the early morning and evening hours. Bluegills should be biting on small in-line spinners and waxworms. Electric motors only.
Jackson Lake (Jackson County) – Check out the old boathouse parking area and the upper shelter house fishing area for great catfishing opportunities. Catfish can normally be caught on chicken livers and nightcrawlers while fishing from shore. The cooler temperatures will start moving the largemouth bass back into shallower water.
Scioto River (Scioto County) – Flathead catfish hot spots are generally the twin bridges and the mouth of the Scioto going into the Ohio River. Try fishing gizzard shad or live skipjack on the bottom. For hybrid striped bass, target the lower Scioto River from the confluence of the Ohio River to Rushtown using three to five inch imitation soft bodied swimbaits and shallow running stick baits (minnow imitations). For channel catfish, try nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or cut bait to reel in a decent-sized fish.
Dillon Lake (1,376 acres; Muskingum County) – Largemouth bass anglers can enjoy fishing with spinnerbaits, twister tails, and shallow-diving crankbaits. For crappies, try drift fishing with minnows, especially in areas with fallen and submerged trees. For channel and flathead catfish, try suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Best times are after a rainfall event or when the river is on the rise. For saugeyes and hybrid striped bass, don’t overlook the tailwaters this time of year.
Hocking River (Athens and Hocking counties) – For smallmouth bass, the stretch of river by White’s Mill in the Athens area is always a popular, and usually successful, spot for local anglers. Try casting crawfish-imitating crankbaits or artificial soft crawfish in the deeper pools of the river. The old train station in Nelsonville, Falls Mill, and Kachelmacher Park in Logan are all popular spots for smallie anglers. Concentrate your fishing in high velocity current, where woody structure is present in more than 20 inches of water. Also try shallow diving minnow imitation lures, or use white and chartreuse twister tails on jigs. Channel catfish can be caught this time of year in deep pools or along rocks using nightcrawlers, cut shad, or chicken livers.
Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) – The cooling temperatures of October and November can provide some great opportunities for channel cats. Cut shad, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers will all catch fish. Cooler temperatures also trigger largemouth bass to start feeding more actively. Fish near shallow structure such as tree stumps, fallen trees, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-and-pig combinations work well.