Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016
Berlin Lake (Stark, Mahoning, and Portage counties) – Anglers are seeing some good action at Berlin Lake. Vi-Bs and jig-and-minnow combos are producing mixed bags of fish including mostly walleyes, crappies, and white bass. Anglers are also having success catching black bass, leaning heavily on crankbaits, jigs, and topwater baits.
Lake Erie tributary streams (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain counties) – Reports are flowing in of steelhead trout being caught in the rivers and streams in northeast Ohio. Ohio’s primary steelhead streams are Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, and Grand rivers and Conneaut Creek. Several other rivers including the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Huron, and Black rivers, and Arcola, Cowles, Wheeler, French, Euclid, Turkey, Beaver, and Cold creeks get runs of stray steelhead. Popular baits this time of year include casting spoons, jig-and-maggots, spawn sac bags, and other live bait.
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) – Mosquito Creek Lake is situated within Mosquito Lake State Park in Trumbull County approximately one mile west of State Route 5 in Cortland. For walleyes, jigs and soft plastic paired with minnows fished from shore or blade baits vertically jigged have proved to be good this time of year. For crappies, use small jigs with or without minnows or minnows on No. 6 or smaller hooks. Northern pike are most readily caught this time of year using large shiners, spoons, or crankbaits.
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – Atwood Lake is at the western edge of Dellroy in western Carroll County along State Route 542. The dam is in Tuscarawas County on State Route 212. Shore and boat fishing are allowed. For crappies, try minnows on No. 6 or smaller hook or small jigs with or without minnows, fished around structure. For saugeyes, use jig and minnow or jig and nightcrawler combinations, fished around mid-lake points and drop-offs. For largemouth bass, try spinner baits, surface lures, and plastic worms. For sunfish, use waxworms, maggots, or small worms, and small hooks (No. 10 or smaller).
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 State 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.