Ohio Fishing Reports

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – October 12th, 2012

Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) This 118-acre reservoir located southeast of Upper Sandusky on County Road 60 provides some excellent family fishing opportunities. Crappies should be biting along the brush line as well as in the standing timber areas. Try using live minnows fished under a slip bobber or casting an eighth-ounce jig with a Twister Tail tipped with…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 12th, 2012

Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County) There is something about the cooler weather that makes fish tastes that much better. It is a great time to stock up the freezer with slabs of fall crappies to hold you over until you can replenish your supply during ice fishing season. Crappie reports have been popping up throughout the lakes in northeast Ohio. Crappies,…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 12th, 2012

Hocking River (Athens and Hocking County) The stretch of river by White’s Mill in the Athens area is always a popular and usually successful spot for local anglers. Try casting Rebel craws or other artificial soft craws in the deeper pools of the river for smallmouth bass. The old train station in Nelsonville, Falls Mill, and Kachelmacher Park in Logan…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Olentangy River (Delaware and Franklin Counties) Smallmouth bass and rock bass are two fish species that give a lot of action to anglers on this river.  Good angling can be found from High Banks Metro Park to the Delaware Lake dam. Try spinners and crankbaits that mimic crawfish around rocks and other cover. Other sportfish present include crappies, saugeyes, carp…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Leesville Reservoir (Carroll County) The native muskellunge, also known as the muskie or “the fish of a thousand casts,” is very sought after for its huge size, unpredictable nature, and difficulty to catch. For anglers at Leesville Reservoir, muskie fishing is the route to take at this 1,045-acre lake located off state Route 212. Anglers casting spinners and crankbaits for…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) This 2,952-acre lake is located six miles east of Interstate 77 off U.S. 22 near Cambridge. Family fun, including camping, abounds at Salt Fork State Park. Crappies are the species to catch right now, with small jigs usually the preferred bait.  Crappies will, however, take a variety of bait including worms, grubs, crickets, small spinners…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Clermont County Smallmouth bass fishing will begin to pick up as temperatures decrease and water levels increase. Anglers interested in smallmouths have done well casting into areas of current, especially rocky areas using a variety of artificial baits or minnows.  Anglers have been catching 12- to 15-inch channel catfish by tight-lining off the shore using a hook and sinker baited…

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland and Morrow counties) Located just eight 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. However, the reservoir has good populations of largemouth bass and bluegills, as well. Bluegill fishing should be excellent this time…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) Largemouth bass fishing should start picking up; anglers generally use a variety of crankbaits or spinnerbaits cast along the shoreline. Shad will start moving into the lower end of the lake, making shad-colored baits the most successful.  Smallmouth bass should also be biting well. Try fishing along shallow points in three to five feet of water…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Caesar Creek (Clinton, Greene, and Warren counties) Anglers casting in-line spinners and crankbaits are catching muskellunge. Muskies are also being taken in the smaller creeks leading into the lake. If you catch a muskie, please report your catch to the Division of Wildlife's Muskie Angler Log at www.ohiodnr.com/muskielog/welcome.aspx . The Muskie Angler Log was developed in partnership with the Ohio…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Belleville Pool Area Catches of sport fish has been slow, but anglers are catching some black bass on a variety of lures, including spinnerbaits, drop-shots, and crankbaits. Catfish are biting fairly well throughout the pool, both for shore and boat anglers. Flatheads are being caught on live baitfish on bottom near drop-offs and structure. Channel cats are being caught everywhere…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – September 14, 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 St. Rt. 79. Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait on the bottom….

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

Maumee River (Lucas and Wood counties) Anglers looking for some smallmouth action should check out the Maumee River around Grange Island near the Route 64 bridge in Waterville. Anglers have been wading and casting pink and chartreuse Twister Tails. Good numbers of fish in the 8-15-inch range have been caught, as well as a few larger ones. The best areas…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

Long Lake (Summit County) This 231-acre lake within the Portage Lakes system, averaging about 16-feet deep, is known for its excellent largemouth bass fishery. During nighttime electrofishing surveys in recent years, nearly 70 percent of the bass sampled measured 12 inches or longer. Even better, 30 percent of these fish measured 15 inches or longer. Channel catfishing is also great…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

Acton Lake (Preble County) Good numbers of 1-3 pound channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp. The shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been best. Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties) Channel catfish are popular at Ohio’s…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) A dense population of largemouth bass, measuring 8-13 inches, with some larger, can be found at this lake of 140 acres near Circleville. Best catches come from fishing points with drop-offs using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and tubes. Fishing at night with traditional baits for catfish can be effective; most fish are 12-22 inches long. Crappies can…