Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

Dow Lake (Athens County) – Cooler temperatures cause largemouth bass to actively search for food. Try fishing around structure such as weed beds and fallen trees in two to eight feet of water using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Boat access is available from County Road 20 (Stroud’s Run Road).

Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – For crappies, cooler temperatures can work in favor of anglers. Fish minnows under a slip bobber or with jigs over submerged structure throughout the lake. Contact the District 4 office in Athens at (740) 589-9930 for a structure map. For bluegills, these popular fish can be taken over the entire lake by live bait anglers using worms. They are also popular among fly fish anglers using small poppers and rubber spiders.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – For largemouth bass, shad imitation crankbaits and white or chartreuse spinnerbaits are always popular choices. If you have a boat, try using plugs in the area where the creek feeds into the mouth of the lake above the dam.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Saugeyes will start moving into the shallow areas of the lake as the temperatures start to cool. Use jerkbaits or crankbaits imitating minnows while doing a steady cast-and-retrieve. The south side of the lake, especially at the County Road 100 bridge in the evening or early morning hours, has been the most successful in the past. In the main lake, cast crankbaits around the shoreline or vertical jig with a minnow and chartreuse jig. Muskies can still be caught this time of year. Try trolling large crankbaits or bucktails along the dam or around Essex Bay.

Slope Creek Reservoir (Belmont County) – Also known as Barnesville Reservoir #3, this lake is just five miles south of Barnesville off McGinnis Road and is home to many popular sportfish. The cooler temperatures of fall will start moving largemouth bass back into shallower water. Try using spinner baits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations fished near structure such as fallen trees or weed bed edges. A slot length limit is imposed on this lake, so only bass smaller than 12 inches and larger than 15 inches may be kept. Although not as abundant, bluegills can be found throughout the lake. Electric motors only.

Lake Logan (Hocking County) – The cooler temperatures will trigger bass to move back into shallow water areas as they prepare for winter at this 333-acre lake. Try using white buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Good size saugeyes can be caught on a variety of baits, including rubber worms, floating minnows, minnows on the bottom, chrome or silver-colored stick baits, or trolling worm harnesses. Mud or sand flats are good areas to explore as well as shoreline areas with riprap.

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