Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015
Lake LeComte, Fostoria Reservoir #5 (Hancock County) – Saugeyes should be feeding heavily now that the water temperatures have dropped. Try drifting or trolling the shoreline at night with crankbaits or worm harnesses. Boats are allowed on the reservoir, with a 9.9-horsepower motor restriction.
Charles Mill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland counties) – 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.
Nettle Lake (115 acres; Williams County) – Largemouth bass should be biting this time of year. Evenings have been the best. Anglers should focus their efforts along the edges. Try using topwater lures and plastic worms. In November, large crappies can usually be found near the lily pads in the northwest corner. Nettle Lake has no horsepower restrictions, but there is a no-wake rule (power boaters must operate at idle speed) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no speed restrictions for power boaters.
Willard Reservoir (199 acres; Huron County) – With the cooler water temperatures, walleyes should be feeding heavily now. Fish along the contour breaks 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.
Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) – On the southeast edge of Upper Sandusky on County Road 60, largemouth bass should be biting at this 118-acre reservoir. The shoreline consists of rocks, a wetland shelf, and a sand beach area, which all provide a lot of cover. Try fishing along the west side as well as in the standing timber. There is a boat ramp and dock, but boats are restricted to electric motors only. The reservoir closes at 10 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland county line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is located next to Mohican State Forest, two miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Crappies have been biting as the water temperatures cooled. Good numbers of fish from nine to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing the deeper southeast section of the lake.