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Ohio Fishing Report – Nov. 22, 2019

Central Region

Knox Lake (Knox County)– The fall crappiebite is on at Knox Lake. Anglers are reporting catching stringers full of nice size slabs in recent days. They’re catching them in shallow water, below docks and such, on jigand minnow or jigand crawler combinations. Many of these fish are in the 11- to 12-inch range.

 

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County)– Fishermen are focusing their efforts on deep water to pick up limits of saugeyes. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 25 to 30 feet of water to pick up fish. They’re using blade baitsand jigand nightcrawler combos to catch these walleyeand sauger hybrids. Some saugeyes have been of good size, according to local reports, up to 23 inches. Also, some bonus yellow perchand channel catfish are being caught on these jigging baits.

 

Delaware Lake (Delaware County)– This lake is known for its crappiepopulation, and anglers are doing well for them this fall. Many fish up to 12 inches are being caught, according to reports. Keep the bait simple: a minnow under a floator a nightcrawler on a jigor just a hook.

 

Hoover Reservoir (Franklin County)– Anglers are chasing white bass and largemouth bassat Hoover right now. They’re catching the white bass on swimbaitsand jigand minnow combos, some up to 10 inches. Largemouth bassare relating to cover, so fish plasticsor live bait along riprap or around boat docks for best results.

 

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Anglers continue to catch saugeyes here, mainly in the Moundwood area on jerkbaitsand crankbaits. Saugeyes up to 19 inches have been caught in recent days. Crappiesand channel catfish have also been in the mix for these saugeye fishermen.

 

Northwest Region

Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) Fishermen are catching the occasional yellow perchin areas near the main boat ramp, but are having a tough time finding walleyes. A jigand minnow or jig and wax worm combination will catch perchin most instances. Perchup to 10 inches in length are being reported.

 

Maumee River (Lucas County) According to Maumee Bait and Tackle, walleyesare feeding in shallow water right now, and can be caught by shorebound anglers. Some walleyeanglers find the best spots for night fishing are in the narrow entrances to bays and harbors. Use a shallow-diving crankbaitor a thick minnow plugto entice the bite. The Maumee River is slowly dropping right now, and a few walleyesand crappiesare being caught, according to the bait shop. Some catfish, too, are being caught on nightcrawlers.

Maumee Bait and Tackle, www.maumeetackle.net

 

Portage River (Ottawa County)– White bass are the top quarry that anglers are chasing on the Portage River right now when conditions allow. These fish are chasing minnows in nearshore areas. A few crappiesare being caught, too. Use any type of minnow-imitating swimbaitor small crankbait.

 

Northeast Region

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County)– Anglers are doing well on yellow perchhere by fishing in 13 to 16 feet of water. The popular setup has been simply a minnow on a slip bobber. Anglers are also catching some bluegillswhile trying for crappies, which have been harder to find.

 

Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County)– Anglers continue to do well catching largemouth basshere as the fish put on the fall feed bag to store up energy for the winter. They’re using jig and pigcombinations or simple spinnerbaitsfished in shallow water. Bassup to 20 inches have been reported.

 

Tuscarawas River (various counties)– Anglers are trying their luck for northern pike right now. They’re using Rapala Husky Jerksin fire tiger pattern in stained water. Twitch the bait slowly in among cover to trigger a bite. Another suggestion is to fish the mouths of tributaries as they enter the main river.

 

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County)– With water temperatures in the low 50s, anglers are dialing in to the good yellow perchbite in recent days. The popular setup has been a crappie spreadertipped with minnows jigged in 10 to 15 feet of water. The largest perchbeing reported was just shy of 12 inches. Other fishermen are catching crappieson jigsand tail combos in 12 to 13 feet of water.

 

Southwest Region

East Fork Lake (Clermont County)– Anglers are reporting a fairly consistent bite for crappiesright now. They’re finding them in shallow water, and the smart angler is moving to many different spots in search of schools. Jigand minnow combinations are taking their share of crappies, some up to 10 inches in size.

 

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton, Greene counties)– Anglers are reporting big schools of crappiesin 15 to 20 feet of water. They’re catching them on jigs, tipping them with wax worms when the bite gets tougher. Bluegillsand white bass have also been in the mix. Saugeyes have had lockjaw, according to local reports.

 

Acton Lake (Preble, Butler counties)– The crappiebite is a little better here in recent days as compared to the last report two weeks ago. Anglers are finding them in 11 to 15 feet of water, and are keeping their bait of choice simple. Jigand minnow combos and straight minnows under some type of float are taking their share of fish.

 

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)– Anglers are breaking out the ice-fishing gear to catch crappiesin open water right now. Anglers are using Swedish Pimplestipped with a minnow to catch crappiesup to 10 inches. You’ll have to sort through a lot of shorts to get fish of acceptable size, but the effort is worth it. Many anglers report throwing back the smaller fish.

 

Southeast Region

Burr Oak Lake (Morgan, Athens counties) – Anglers are still searching out the fall largemouth bassbite, and the bite is a little better than it was at the time of our last report. Anglers are catching them on plasticsin and around shoreline cover. The best bite is coming in 10 to 16 feet of water, and the largest bass being reported was right around 17 inches.

 

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) Anglers are catching good numbers of crappiesin different areas of the lake, but the section near the dam seems to be the most productive. Crappiesare biting in 8 to 12 feet of water on blade baitsand jigand minnow combinations. Some crappieshave ranged up to 12 inches, but you’ll have to sort through a lot of short fish to find decent size keepers, according to local reports.

 

Tappan Lake (Harrison County)– Saugeye anglers are finally tying into a good bite on Tappan. They’re using blade baitsor jigging spoonsin 15 to 20 feet of water to produce the good bite. The biggest fish being reported is a 23-incher. Crappies, too, continue to be caught on minnows or wax worms fished in cover.

 

Lake Erie Region

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

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

• The troutand salmondaily bag limit is two fish (singly or in combination) per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

Black bass(largemouthand smallmouth bass): The daily bag limit is five fish (singly or in combination) per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

 

Western Basin

Walleye

Where: Walleyesare starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds from Huron to Cleveland. Anglers are trolling stickbaitsoffshore during the day, and nearshore near and after dark at 1.6-1.8 mph.

How: Trolling stickbaitshas been the best presentation at speeds 1.8 to 2.8 mph. Slower presentations have been better after dark. Shore-bound anglers can start picking up walleyesnear and after dark casting stickbaitsand lipless crankbaitsthat imitate shad, especially in the “clown” color.

 

Yellow Perch

Where: Yellow perchfishing has picked up slightly, but limits are still tough. The best reports are coming from west of Catawba in 18-22 feet of water, north and southwest of Kelleys Island, and between Huron and Vermilion in 28-32 feet of water.

How: Vertical crappie rigsseems to be producing better where baits can be presented at different depths. Anglers are reporting that small lifts and long pauses between lifts have been triggering the most bites.

 

Central Basin

Walleye

Where: Fish are being caught in 50-65 feet of water north of Gordon Park during the day. The night bite is along the Cleveland breakwall. Shore anglers are catching walleyesoff the Cleveland piers and the Fairport Harbor short pier in the evenings. Boat anglers during the day are targeting fishing depths of 20-40 feet.

How: Most anglers are trolling using planer boards, dipsyand jet diverswith crankbaits. Shore anglers are casting crankbaits.

 

Yellow Perch

Where: A few reports of yellow perchbeing caught in 30-35 feet of water off the East 72nd Street lighthouse in Cleveland. Shore anglers are catching a few fish in the mornings and evenings off the breakwalls in Cleveland.

How: Try minnows on spreadersand crappie rigsnear the bottom.

 

Steelhead Trout

Where: Anglers are catching fish trolling inside the Fairport Harbor breakwall and the Grand River. Shore anglers are catching fish off the Edgewater Park, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor, and Painesville Township piers, and the Fairport Harbor breakwall.

How: Best baits have been trolling small spoonsand crankbaitsfor the boat anglers, and jigstipped with maggots fished under a bobber and small spoonsfor the shore anglers.

 

Smallmouth Bass

Where: Best spots have been in 20-30 feet of water in the harbor areas and rock piles in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.

How: Anglers are using crankbaitsand drop-shot rigstipped with nightcrawlers.

 

The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo as of Nov. 7 was 50 degrees F, off Cleveland 56 degrees, and off Erie 53 degrees.

Good catches of steelheadhave taken place this week off the rocks at Edgewater Park, E. 55th breakwall, Wendy Park, and Wildwood Park, according to Cleveland Metroparks. Casting a spoon(such as a Little Cleoor KO Wobbler) or spinner(i.e., Vibraxor rooster tail) at these locations are as good a bet as any for connecting with fall lakefront steelhead. A bobber with a light jigtipped with minnow or maggots suspended 3-6 feet below is also a good producer in the aforementioned areas. Steelheadare also being caught in the northern river sections by the lake. Still, wise anglers should check the flow data before embarking on an outing to the river. Expect lots of fallen leaves in the rivers, though, as well as an abundance of emerald shiners by the marina. The Rocky, Chagrin, and Cuyahoga rivers, as well as Euclid Creek, have all produced some steelheadthis week. River steelheadwill hit spoonsand spinners, as in the lake, as well as dime to nickel-sized brightly colored spawn sacs or small marabou jigstipped with maggots drifted near the river bottom under a float.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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