Ohio Fishing Reports

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Wills Creek Reservoir (Coshocton County) Bluegills can usually be reeled in using worms fished below bobbers throughout the shoreline of this 421-acre lake. Channel catfish can also be caught in the spillway area below the dam or near the fishing pier using cut baits, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers fished tight-line. Saugeye fishing has slowed but some fish can still be…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Acton Lake (Preble County) 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 the best. Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) Remember to ask permission before entering private property. Since the…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Washington County Anglers have been catching sizeable flathead catfish while fishing from boats and from the shores of Blennerhasset Island. Fishing live bluegills and gizzard shad have been successful in both areas. Blennerhasset Island Historical State Park is maintained by West Virginia State Parks and Forests, but is included in the reciprocal agreement between Ohio and West Virginia. Black bass…

Ohio River Region Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Eastern Ohio Water is very low with little or no current and high temperatures. Fishing pressure has been very light, with catches only happening in the early morning or at dusk. Western River counties (Hamilton, Clermont, Brown and Adams) Catfishing success has been fair with anglers using cut baits, shad, bluegills and nightcrawlers fished toward the bottom. Anglers are reporting…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking and Perry Counties) Catfish is the hot bite right now at this 2,816-acre lake east of Columbus. Try fishing cut bait and chicken livers around Lieb’s Island and Fairfield Beach areas. Largemouth bass are being caught along shorelines around cover. Use spinner baits, crankbaits and plastics. Hybrid striped bass can be caught using spinners or drifting…

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

North Turkeyfoot Creek (Henry County) The best place for anglers to access the river is at the North Turkeyfoot Creek State Park Access off of State Route 24, just east of the State Route 109 bridge. During the summer months, anglers can expect to catch catfish in the mornings and evenings. Fish can be caught anywhere along the bank, especially…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Findlay Lake (Lorain County) During this dry summer heat, the catfish are keeping anglers busy. Findlay Lake, off of State Route 58 in Wellington, has been producing ample action to distract one from the late evening heat. Action has been good for both shoreline and anglers fishing from a boat (electric motors only). Channel catfish can be caught fishing chicken…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Lake Hope (Vinton County) Late evening and early morning hours can provide some great fishing opportunities for those looking to beat the heat. Largemouth bass can be caught along the shoreline using a variety of artificial top-water lures; try black plastic worms, motor oil-colored tubes, or pearl to white crankbaits. Bluegills and crappies can be reeled in using minnows or…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) Bluegills and sunfish are being caught by anglers using earthworms or wax worms as bait. Good artificial bait colors are green or chartreuse. There are good fishing opportunities from a boat or along the shoreline and pier areas. Look for additional opportunities in the mouth of Cowan Creek. Keep the bait five to six feet deep….

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

Resthaven Wildlife Area, Pond 7 (Erie County) Resthaven Wildlife Area is located just outside Castalia on State Route 269. The area has 444 acres of water contained in 10 different ponds. Anglers should still be able to hook into some largemouth bass this time of year. Typical largemouth lures include plastic worms and crankbaits. Pond 7 is also an excellent…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

Springfield Lake (Summit County) Snuggled against State Route 224, Springfield Lake has 290 acres of water and a decent amount of shoreline fishing access. Good numbers of channel catfish are being caught from both boat and shore. Keep much of your effort in the late evening and night hours when catfish are most active. Catfish are bottom feeders, so fish…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

Indian Lake (Logan County) The best fishing action has been early in the morning and in the evening. For saugeyes, try trolling with a Rat-L-Trap or Shad-Rap. Anglers are reporting slow fishing from the shore. Bluegills have moved off of the banks and are hitting around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, cut shad and nightcrawlers….

Central Ohio Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012

Delaware Lake (Delaware County) This 1,017-acre lake provides the highest quality crappie fishing in central Ohio. Fish the deep drop-offs containing stumps or other cover. Crappies must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp; target the upper part of the lake.  For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover and drop-offs with…

Northwest Oho Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012

Beaver Creek Reservoir (Seneca County) The reservoir is located at the intersection of Township Road 196 and County Road 34 in the northeastern part of the county. Anglers can expect to have success catching catfish after sunset using tightlines fished from shore. Try using nightcrawlers, shrimp, dough balls and cut bait. Hybrid sunfish should also be biting now. Anglers have…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012

Lake Alma (Vinton County) Good catches of bluegills can be reeled in using live bait, including wax worms and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass can be caught using artificial baits, including jigs with Twister Tails and Rat-L-Traps. Try fishing the back side of this 74-acre lake and under the bridge. Electric motors only. Hocking River (Hocking and Athens counties) Smallmouth bass fishing…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012

Acton Lake (Preble County) Channel catfish are biting on chicken livers fished along the bottom. Fishing for channel catfish is productive anywhere in the lake. Saugeyes on the Butler County side of the lake are being caught by anglers using minnows or artificial bait. Keep the bait between 10 and 12 feet deep for the best results.  Crappies are hitting…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware) Saugeyes are biting on worm harnesses and crankbaits fished close to the bottom. Muskie are being caught around shoreline cover and off of main lake points. Largemouth bass are being caught using creature baits, tubes and crankbaits along shoreline cover. Crappies are moving to deeper water as water temperatures increase. Fish the mouths of coves with…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012

Muskingum River (Washington County) Try casting into the tailwater areas for “gill” catches that average seven inches, with anglers usually reporting good numbers caught in the Marietta pool. Try using redworms and wax worms fished under a bobber for best results. For saugers, try fishing in the early morning and at sunset using jigs tipped with minnows, and jigs with…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012

Adams Lake (Adams County) Anglers should have good success fishing from the shoreline. Bluegills and crappies can be caught on nightcrawlers and wax worms. This is a great place for fishing with youth. Pay careful attention to the trees and weeds along the bank. Fish are hitting around 18 inches deep. Cowan Lake (Clinton County) Saugeye action is heating up,…