Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – December 7th, 2012

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) Anglers were fishing below the spillway and picking up a good number of saugeyes as a result. Some hybrid stripers are also being caught both below the spillway and in the main lake, said Bob Mathie of Bob’s Outdoor Supply. Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992 Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) With deer season winding down, saugeye fishermen…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – December 7th, 2012

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) Anglers have had decent luck for saugeyes below the spillway using Twister Tails in chartreuse or pink, reports Leon Cole at Cole’s Bait and Tackle in Bainbridge. Crappies are being caught on jig and minnow combinations and on tube jigs in black/chartreuse or blue/chartreuse. Suspend either of the baits below a bobber at about 4…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Western Ohio River Anglers are still taking channel catfish. They are being caught on chicken livers and cut bait around warm water discharges. Carp are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids are hitting Rapalas and rattletraps. Eastern Ohio River Hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing remains consistent in the tailwaters. Popular baits include Twister Tails and casting spoons….

Central Ohio Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) As water temperatures start to cool, hybrid striped bass will again feed more actively.  Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s point to the north boat ramp at State Route 79.  Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait on the bottom. …

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) The water is clear and is 63 degrees.  Saugeyes are being caught in the early mornings.  Minnows under a slip bobber is working great as is jigs with Twister Tails.  The waved washed shoreline is the best place to fish. Auglaize River (Paulding County) The water is a bit cloudy and the water temperature is 63…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Clouse Lake (Perry County) Bluegill fishing has been good below the dam and off the shoreline near the boat ramp using wax worms or nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. Flagdale, St. Joseph’s and Twin Churches (Perry County Water Conservation District Lakes) Although these lakes are currently difficult to access due to low water levels, anglers using canoes have had excellent…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 23rd, 2012

Deer Creek Reservoir (Stark County) There is another very well known Deer Creek Reservoir located in Fayette and Pickaway counties, but this 314-acre lake is located in northeast Stark County. While it is typically an excellent largemouth bass fishery, fishing has been a little slow lately. Largemouth bass prefer areas with weeds, trees or other submerged objects and this is…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – November 9th, 2012

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) As water temperatures continue to cool, hybrid striped bass will feed more actively. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s Point to the north boat ramp at State Rt. 79. Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait on the bottom. Crappies…

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – November 9th, 2012

Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland and Morrow counties) Located just 8 miles south of Mansfield along State Route 97, this 971-acre reservoir is well known for its muskellunge population. It is one of the eight lakes stocked with muskellunge in Ohio. Muskie can be caught by fishing large crankbaits along the edges of weed beds. Anglers can also catch yellow perch…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 9th, 2012

Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum County) Saugeye fishing generally picks up in the late fall, and this 375-acre lake is a great place to find this popular sport fish. Jig-and-Twister combinations, vibrating blade baits, stick baits, and live baits such as minnows are all popular with anglers. Try fishing any of these around shallow flats, points, or areas with riprap. The…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Lake Erie Tributaries The fall steelheader’s rain dance has finally paid off, bringing some rain and high water. The rain and high water was short-lived, so focus fishing efforts closer to the mouths and downstream river stretches. Steelhead are piling up in these areas in the deeper holes. Detailed information on where and how to fish for steelhead can be…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) Throughout the year, the tailwater of this 1,376-acre lake produces excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can enjoy fishing for largemouth bass with spinnerbaits, Twister Tails and shallow-diving crankbaits. Crappie anglers should try drift fishing with minnows, especially in areas with fallen and submerged trees. For bluegill anglers, a simple wax worm suspended under a bobber should be…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) Smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent as the water cools and river conditions remain clear and stable. Look for areas with water deeper than 4 feet around bridge pilings, submerged logs and undercut banks. Try drifting a live nightcrawler or minnow fished under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crankbaits in crawdad patterns…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Ohio River Tailwaters Anglers continue to have success for white bass and hybrid striped bass using Twister Tails, cast spoons, and live skipjack. Popular colors include white and yellow. Catfish angling has been consistent using live skipjack. Anglers have also reported a few catches of sauger and fishing should continue to pick up as water temperatures continue to drop. Western…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows or jigs fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are being caught around woody cover and in areas of high gizzard shad concentrations. A large population…

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) This 67-acre reservoir is located at Reservoir Park in the village of Paulding. It provides good opportunities for anglers pursuing bluegills this time of year. Try using nightcrawlers or wax worms on slip bobbers set to 5 to 6 feet deep during the mornings and evenings. Fish are being caught reservoir-wide. Only boats 16 feet or…