Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015
Regionwide – Try your hand at last-chance perch before hard water heads this way. You don’t need to go to the “big water” of Lake Erie to catch perch. Long Lake, Mogadore, Mosquito, and Wingfoot reservoirs offer sandwich-sized perch. Fish just as you would Lake Erie, using shiners on spreaders in deep water. Go to www.wildohio.com to download and print maps for more information about where to park, where to fish, and history of the location.
Clear Fork Branch of the Mohican River (Ashland County) – What a fantastic time of year to enjoy the fall foliage below the Pleasant Hill Reservoir, where brown trout are stocked. Anglers can ply the water with flies, small jigs under a float, or an assortment of small spinners. Remember, there is a 12-inch minimum length for harvest.
Portage Lakes (Summit County) – Largemouth bass are growing in the Portage Lakes, and most likely in lakes statewide, for the upcoming winter. With a cold front pushing through, fishing action should pick up as fish should be actively feeding. Anglers are doing well fishing blade baits, jerkbaits, and crankbaits. There have also been some anglers targeting crappies from shore that have had some success. They have focused their efforts on near-shore structure. Minnows and small soft plastics with jigs under a bobber have provided the most consistent bite.
Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – Wingfoot Lake has helped many anglers put some fillets in the fryer and freezer. Good numbers of crappies and perch are being caught. Successful anglers are reporting that the majority of fish caught are biting on a plain hook with a minnow under a float. Combining a minnow with a jig and soft plastic or fishing just the jig with the soft plastic has seemed to slow the bite.
Berlin Lake (Stark, Mahoning, and Portage counties) – Vib-Es and jig-and-minnow combos are producing mixed bags of fish. Walleyes average 27.5 inches, crappies average 14 inches, and white bass average 16 inches. For black bass, use crankbaits, jigs, and topwater baits.
Highlandtown Lake (Columbiana County) – For largemouth bass, focus target areas close to shore with spinnerbaits, surface lures, and plastic worms. Catching a few 20-inch-plus largemouths is a strong possibility this time of year. For bluegills, waxworms, maggots, or small worms with a small hook (#10 or smaller) is the best bet for bluegills eight inches and up. For channel catfish, shrimp, nightcrawlers, or chicken liver in shallow areas at dusk are the best bets. A sliding sinker rig, using a swivel to keep the weight from hitting the hook (such as what would be used for fishing for bass with plastic worms) will work well. A #4 hook tends to be a preferred size.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – This reservoir is designated for unlimited horsepower. For pike, anglers are casting crankbaits and stickbaits in shallow water, three to four feet. Muskie anglers are having similar success fishing larger presentations in shallow water as the muskie bite continues to be solid. Successful anglers are targeting downed trees and other sunken structures.
Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County) – Boats with electric motors only are allowed. For bass and catfish, live baits, such as nightcrawlers, minnows, and shiners, have produced nice mixed catches of bass and catfish. Anglers are catching them both from boat and shore. Shore anglers have focused their effort on the east shorelines off of Christman Road.