Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 10, 2017

Central Region

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are catching saugeyes here from shore using swimbaits in five to 15 feet of water. The successful bite is coming in places where baitfish are strong. Concentrate efforts in these areas to catch saugeyes between 15 and 20 inches. Crappies, too, are being caught on the same baits in these same areas. A few muskies have been caught by boating anglers fishing woody cover.

Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Anglers fishing topwater baits are catching some largemouth bass, according to reports. Some lucky fishermen have had success fishing topwater frogs and other baits. For saugeyes, anglers are trolling Flicker Shads in a variety of colors to pull in fish up to 20 inches.

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeye anglers are finding fish by using Flicker Shads in a variety of patterns. Most of the saugeyes have been between 15 and 20 inches. Concentrate efforts in shallower water, between five and 10 feet deep, anglers report.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom. Some hybrid stripers are also being caught using this same setup. For crappies and bluegills, use a jig and minnow combination or a straight minnow under a float.

Northwest Region

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) – Anglers fishing for perch and walleyes haven’t done much good recently, but a few surprise channel catfish are showing up in the creel. Catfish are biting on the same baits that one would use to catch walleyes and perch – a jig tipped with a minnow or a straight minnow on a hook under a bobber.

Maumee River (Lucas County) – Anglers fishing the river recently have caught smallmouth bass and white bass with some success. Some of the smallmouths have ranged up to 4 pounds and put up a heck of a fight on the river, according to reports. Anglers are using crankbaits in shad patterns to produce the bite. The water level is reportedly good for wading.

Wayne Carr Lake (Paulding County) – This 15-acre lake located on County Road 11, just ½ mile south of County Road 424, should be producing nice bluegills the next two months. The best fishing is usually along the shoreline, using waxworms fished under a slip bobber. There is a public use boat ramp available, but boats are restricted to 10-horsepower motors. In addition, there is a 10-fish daily limit on bluegills and an 18-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lake.

Northeast Region

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) – Anglers fishing this reservoir are having success catching panfish. Bluegills are being caught in areas of the lake containing blowdowns. Fish minnows under a bobber for the best bite. Some crappies and yellow perch are also being caught in about 10 feet of water, fishing halfway down the water column. Waxworms have been a productive bait as well. Some channel cats are also being caught.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers fishing on the north side of the causeway are catching walleyes, but the bite has been tough. Fish have ranged anywhere from 15 to 20 inches. Some incidental channel catfish are also being caught by walleye anglers.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Ashtabula County) – Anglers are catching some walleyes up to 23 inches by trolling crankbaits and stickbaits. Successful fishermen are trolling in 14 to 20 feet of water. Crappies and yellow perch are also being caught in nine to 10 feet of water by anglers employing jig and minnow combinations or waxworms under a bobber.

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – Anglers are fishing this lake hard for muskies, but few are getting results. Some small fish have been caught, and none of any size have been reported recently. For the best muskie bite, target the lake’s coves with big bucktail spinners or swimbaits. Some anglers are also catching crappies while fishing from shore. Try a waxworm or a minnow under a bobber.

Southwest Region

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer, Auglaize counties) – Successful anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with some regularity. The popular setup has been the tried and true jig and minnow or just a minnow on a hook. Also try waxworms under a bobber. Most of the crappies have been running larger, in the 9.5-11-inch range. Bluegills are similarly large for this lake. The key, anglers say, is to fish the proper depth in this lake. Try suspending the lure just off the bottom in 10 or so feet of water for the best bite.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland, Ross counties – Crappies are hitting along banks and around downed trees. Anglers should fish in four to 11 feet of water with minnows or pumpkinseed jigs. Jig for largemouth bass in about four to 10 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting waxworms in the coves around wood. Plenty of channel cats and shovelheads are being caught in the spillway on nightcrawlers and cut shad.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton, Greene counties) – Anglers are catching crappies here with some regularity, but those who have been successful have had to keep moving to stay on the bite. The best bait has been a minnow under a bobber fished in about 10 feet of water close to the bottom.

Southeast Region

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers are catching saugeyes and crappies, primarily in the morning hours, on jig and minnow combinations or nightcrawlers. Fish early mornings or evenings. There has been some size reported on the crappies with some individuals going up to 14 inches.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Anglers are fishing for saugeyes here, but a tough bite is reported. Anglers are trying jig and minnow combinations, stickbaits, and jerkbaits without much success. The best bite may be a few weeks away still.

Leesville Lake (Carroll County) – Anglers are doing fairly well catching muskies here on small to medium-sized crankbaits. Some fish have been reported up to 40 inches. Muskie anglers are also catching the occasional largemouth bass, according to reports.

Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Anglers should have success catching good numbers of catfish throughout the lake fishing with cut baits or livers fished off the bottom. If fishing from shore, try a tightline using chicken livers or nightcrawlers. You should still be able to catch trout using power baits fished off the boardwalk pier. Largemouth bass may still be caught in good numbers using a variety of artificial lures.

Lake Hope (Vinton County) – Anglers are fishing for largemouth bass on this lake near McArthur in Vinton County. Try topwater baits for the best bite. Look for areas with lily pads and the bass should be there.

Lake Erie Region

• The bag limit for walleye in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.

• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

Western Basin


Where: The best reports have come from north of Kelleys Island and a few miles east of Kelleys Island.

How: Walleyes have been caught primarily by trolling with crankbaits, or divers and spoons.

Yellow Perch

Where: Fishing has been good one to two miles north of Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, near “G” and “H” buoys of the Camp Perry firing range, around Crib Reef, near Rattlesnake Island, and off Ballast Island.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Fishing has been good nearshore around Kelleys Island and South Bass Island, and on the reefs of the Camp Perry firing range.

How: Anglers are casting tube jigs or using drop-shot rigs.

Central Basin


Where: Excellent fishing was reported from Cedar Point to Lorain in 28 to 42 feet of water. Good fishing was reported in 49 to 51 feet of water and 60 to 65 feet of water north-northwest of Gordon Park, in 59 feet of water north of the Chagrin River, in 54 to 65 feet of water north-northwest of Geneva, and in 50 to 65 feet of water north-northwest of Ashtabula.

How: Walleyes have been caught by trolling crankbaits, spoons and worm harnesses with planer boards or dipsy divers. The best colors have been purple, copper, white, and pink.

Yellow Perch

Where: Fish are being caught north of the condominiums that are east of Vermilion, in 40 to 47 feet of water north-northeast of Edgewater Park, in 38 to 42 feet of water northeast of Wildwood Park, in 51 to 52 feet of water north of Lakeshore Park in Ashtabula, and in 48 feet of water northeast of Conneaut.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Fish have been caught in 10 to 30 feet of water around the harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using drop-shot rigs, tube jigs, spinners, and crayfish.

Steelhead Trout

Where: Excellent fishing was reported around the breakwalls at Fairport Harbor and Conneaut. Anglers are also catching fish while trolling for walleye from Fairport to Conneaut.

How: Anglers are trolling crankbaits and small spoons.

In fall highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead, walleye, yellow perch, and landlocked coho salmon (the latter recently stocked in Wallace Lake). The Rocky River and other area streams are low in level and clear today following a minor bump in flow from rain this week.

Decent catches of steelhead were reported in the northern reaches of the Rocky River (especially around the marina) and other area tributaries. The big trout, averaging 5-7 pounds as of late, are biting on brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacs, beads that mimic salmon eggs, small marabou jigs tipped with a few maggots or a waxworm drifted under a float, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners. This is just the beginning as more steelhead can be expected to migrate into the streams following every cool rain that bumps stream flow.

The steelhead bite has remained very good along the Cleveland lakefront, especially at Edgewater Park and E. 55th east facing breakwall. Steelhead are also showing up off the breakwall at E. 72nd, the pier at Wendy Park at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, off the breakwall at Wildwood Park, and off the jetties at Huntington Beach. Casting a spoon (i.e., Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (i.e., Vibrax or RoosterTail) at these locations is as good a bet as any for connecting with a lakefront steelhead trout, as is suspending a small jig tipped with minnow or maggots under a bobber. Make sure to bring a long-handled landing net when fishing the lakefront for steelhead.

In addition to steelhead, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, panfish (rock bass and sunfish), freshwater drum, and northern pike can be found along the Cleveland shoreline in early fall and can be caught on offerings such as tube jigs, crankbaits, drop-shot rigs, and live bait. Nice catches of walleyes (15-20 inches) have been found in water from only 16 to 24 feet deep by Cleveland area anglers. Shore-based walleye anglers are doing best at dusk and after dark. White bass and yellow perch fishing has been slow lately.

The Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area off E. 49th Street (down the walking trail from Canalway Center) was stocked with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 600 pounds of farm-raised channel catfish on Oct. 13. The daily limit here is five trout per angler. Trout bite well on PowerBait, small jigs tipped with maggots, and small spinners. Catfish bite great on chicken liver. Trout and catfish can both be targeted effectively fishing a half nightcrawler worm or chunk of cocktail shrimp right on the canal bottom.

Anglers at Metroparks inland lakes and ponds are catching catfish, largemouth bass, and panfish. Wallace Lake, Ledge Lake, Shadow Lake, and Beyer’s Pond are a few spots worth poking around in fall. Wallace Lake was just stocked with the majority of 283 nice size largemouth bass and bluegill, and additionally recently received 300 catchable size coho salmon and a few rainbow trout.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

Ohio River Region

Scioto County – Anglers in the past have had success fishing the Ohio River at the confluence of the Scioto River. Channel catfish are always a popular species to catch this time of year. Try using chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished tightline off the bottom. Target flathead catfish by using live skipjacks or shad. Some hybrid striped bass may also be caught. Try using white jigs with twisters tipped with a minnow.

Western River counties (Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Adams counties) – Flatheads can be caught on chicken livers fished with no weight at drop-offs of 15 to 20 feet.

Serpentine Wall, Downtown Cincinnati (Hamilton County) – Anglers are having success catching blue cats in the morning hours. Try using chicken breast.

Greenup Dam – Hybrid striped bass and white bass should be moving this time of year. For hybrid striped bass, try fishing cut baits and live baits off the bottom. For white bass, try using topwater lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners, and cut bait. Early mornings will probably produce the most catches.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) – Channel catfish and flathead catfish are being caught below the dam tailwaters using shad and skipjack fished tight on the bottom. The best time to fish for channel catfish and flathead catfish is during the nighttime.

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