Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015
Portage Lakes (Summit County) – Largemouth bass are growing in the Portage Lakes, and most likely in lakes statewide, for the winter. With a warm 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 who have had some success. They have focused their efforts on nearshore 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 by anglers. 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.
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) – Boaters are allowed electric motors only. The fall crappie bite has picked up at Mogadore Reservoir. Crappie jigs and tubes is all it is taking to put some slabs in the cooler. Fishing minnows on jigs or under a bobber is also very effective. Successful anglers are reporting most fish are being caught in depths around 13 to 15 feet and closer to the bottom, with some fish being suspended. Begin fishing at the bottom and work your way up the water column until you start to get consistent bites and then stick with that depth.
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. 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.