Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015
Lake Erie tributaries – The late fall steelhead anglers’ rain dance has finally paid off, bringing some rain and high water. The rain and high water did the trick with reports of steelhead being caught in streams and rivers throughout northeast Ohio. For detailed information on where and how to fish for steelhead, visitwildohio.com.
Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, and Summit counties) – Fishing for northern pike is picking up in the Cuyahoga River. Consistently producing regions of the river include the Fuller Park area in Kent, the Route 303 bridge area near Shalersville, and the area in and around Mantua. Remember to obtain written permission to wade-fish on private property. As winter gets into full swing and water temperatures drop, pike begin their feeding frenzy, putting away energy reserves for both winter survival and their early spring spawn. Try fishing with large baits and lures that mimic prey fish such as shad, suckers, and chubs. Examples include larger crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits, lipless crankbaits, and large spinners. The use of a small leader will minimize the chances of a pike biting off your line.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – Some major bonus action is taking place for walleye anglers out at West Branch the last couple of weeks. While trolling for walleye, anglers’ rods are being pummeled by some large muskies. This recent bump in activity could provide adrenaline seekers a chance at quite a rush. To specifically target muskies, try trolling cranks, possibly downsizing to match shad, and running the bait in the prop wash. If muskie fishing is too much heart pumping action for you, you can try and find the crappie bite. Crappie are starting to work in shallower. Most schools are still being found suspended around structure or contour breaks. Small jigs tipped with a minnow have been the way to go lately.
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 and 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 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 Pleasant Hill Reservoir where brown trout were stocked in the fall. 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. Go to wildohio.com to download and print a map of this waterway.