Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Lake Logan (333 acres; Hocking County) – Saugeyes can be caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows fished in six to 10 feet of water. Also try trolling crankbaits in the same depth. For crappies, start looking for white crappies to move into shallower water around shoreline structure to spawn. Focus your effort around wood structure. Try using small jigs tipped with plastic tubes, plastic grubs, or live minnows fished below bobbers in depths less than six feet. Sunfish should be biting well along the shore. Fish a simple waxworm under a bobber.
Monroe Lake (39 acres; Monroe County) – Productive spots for largemouth bass generally include the areas along submerged weed beds or woody cover in six feet of water. Try fishing shallow running crankbaits. Bluegill fishing should be good as temperatures continue to warm. Seek out shallow areas in the upper end of the lake or on the north side of the lake in hopes of catching some of the bluegill on spawning beds. Submerged structure maps of this lake can be obtained by contacting the District 4 office in Athens at (740) 589-9930.
Wills Creek Reservoir (375 acres; Coshocton County) – Saugeyes will concentrate below the dam during high volume water releases. Shallow flats, points, and areas with riprap will also attract saugeyes. Jig-and-twisters, vibrating blade baits, and stickbaits are popular in addition to live bait such as minnows. Flathead catfish can be reeled in below the dam and in the tailwaters in the late afternoon and evening hours. Try using nightcrawlers and chicken livers.
Tycoon Lake (183 acres; Gallia County) – Largemouth bass attract many early anglers at this popular destination. Use rubber worms or spinnerbaits along the old fence rows or over other submerged structure such as tree stumps, standing timber, or weed bed edges. Early spring is a great time to fish for crappie. Try using jigs and minnows in two- to eight-foot depths.
Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Successful catches of bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout are always reported this time of year. From the boardwalk, try fishing worms under bobbers for bluegills. Trout can be caught on flavored baits fished off the bottom near the boat dock. Fish for catfish all along the lake shoreline on the bottom using cut bait or nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass in the 17- to 18-inch range can be reeled in on a variety of artificial baits in the coves of the northwest bank, between the dock and the beach. Largemouth bass and an occasional spotted bass can also be caught on a variety of artificial baits fished near the headwaters of the lake near the point.
Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Try fishing for largemouth bass with green-colored crankbaits. Cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas and reel in slowly. Channel catfish can be fished at night using cut baits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers fishing for bass on this Guernsey County lake near Cambridge are catching the occasional muskie. Some fish have topped 40 inches in recent weeks. Try jerkbaits to entice the muskie bite or the bass bite.
Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Anglers fishing below the spillway are targeting saugeyes with some regularity and the bite is reportedly spotty. On the main lake, fishermen are catching bluegills and crappies. Focus your efforts in areas with woody cover.
Lake Vesuvius (143 acres; Lawrence County) – Bluegills can generally be caught from the boardwalk by fishing with worms under a bobber. There are six newly refreshed attractor locations, with three of them directly along the boardwalk that will concentrate bluegills for shoreline anglers. Rainbow trout were stocked earlier this spring in the lake and are a favorite among anglers. Try fishing with Powerbait off the bottom near the boat dock. A recent survey for largemouth bass showed good numbers of fish more than 15 inches with a few exceeding 20 inches. Focus efforts around woody structure and along the edges of the lily pads in the upper end. Catfish can be found all along the shoreline on the bottom. Try fishing with cut bait or nightcrawlers, especially after a decent rainfall event. A structure map can be obtained by calling the Division of Wildlife’s District 4 office at (740) 589-9930.
Lake Snowden (141 acres; Athens County) – Some bass are still on beds but the larger bass will have already moved offshore. Focus efforts along the outside and inside of vegetation and the near structure piles. The piles were recently placed in the lake with the help of Hocking College students and members of the Athens County Bassmasters and Perry County Angler clubs. Try using jig and pig combinations, spinnerbaits, or soft plastics to target these popular fish. Bluegill: Some fish are still on beds right now. Look for light-colored circles on the bottom in the back coves and bays, or under overhanging trees. Try using waxworms, meal worms, and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. A structure map can be obtained by calling the District 4 office at (740) 589-9930.
Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish, and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat ramp. Fish for largemouth bass using green-colored crankbaits. Cast out along banks, quick drop-offs, and vegetated areas and reel in slowly. Channel catfish can be fished for at night using cut baits, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers.
Hanging Rock Ponds (Lawrence County) – Fifty-75 ponds of various sizes can be found on this recreation area operated by the Wayne National Forest and surveyed and stocked by the DNR Division of Wildlife. Some of the ponds can be driven to by vehicle, some by ATV (trail permit required), and some are walk-in only. Spring is a great time to catch bluegills as they gather in shallow water to spawn, which makes these ponds a great destination. During this time, bluegills become aggressive and can be fairly easy to catch. Both the novice and experienced angler will enjoy fishing for bluegills since these fish can be caught with just about any tackle, will take a great variety of baits, are not particularly wary, and fight well for their size. Once you locate a bed, cast a piece of worm, jig, or other bait beyond the bed and slowly retrieve it through the nesting area.
Lake Alma (Vinton County) – Bluegills are always a popular fish for anglers, whether experts or beginners. This 74-acre lake provides some excellent opportunities for these common sunfish. Try using waxworms and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass can also be caught using artificial baits, including jigs with twister tails, and rattletraps. Try fishing the back side of the lake and under the bridge. Electric motors only.