Weekly Ohio Statewide Fishing Report:
ODNR: The Fish Ohio Report
Updated Weekly April through October
August 28, 2013
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry Counties) – As water temperatures start to cool hybrid striped bass will become more active, 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 caught using cut bait on the bottom. Crappies from 10 to 13 inches are becoming active, use minnows and jigs around points especially in the east half of the lake. Bluegill are hanging close to lily pads and other shoreline cover, use small pieces of night crawler or maggots to catch these fish.
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – This 912 acre reservoir north of Columbus is a good place to catch largemouth bass and channel catfish. For largemouth bass try tubes, spinner baits and crankbaits around shoreline cover, drop offs and points. Channel catfish can be caught on cut baits, night crawlers, and shrimp fished on the bottom. Crappies will move shallower as water temperatures decrease; try fishing around woody cover using minnows and jigs.
Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a new floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Channel catfish should be biting this month. Try fishing along the south and east shores. Night crawlers or cut baits fished tight lined on the bottom, or just off bottom using slip bobbers produce the best results. There is a 10 horsepower limit on the reservoir.
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 8 lakes stocked with muskellunge in Ohio. However, the reservoir has good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill as well. Bluegill fishing should be excellent this time of year with fish ranging from 5 to 7 inches, with an occasional 9 inch fish being taken. Try using wax worms, or worm pieces fished under a bobber along the edges of weed beds. Largemouth bass fishing should also be excellent right now. Try using jigs tipped with pork, fished near structure located on the bottom. There are three picnic areas with access to the lake located along the south side of the reservoir. Shore fishing is only allowed along the south and west shorelines from the Orewiler Road bridge to a point 1000 feet upstream of the dam. There are no motor size restrictions, but an 8 mph speed limit is enforced by the city of Mansfield.
Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland-Ashland County line) – With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill Reservoir has plenty to offer. The reservoir is located next to Mohican State Forest, 2 miles southwest of Perrysville. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off State Route 95. Good numbers of crappie from 9 to 10 inches can be found. Try fishing with minnows under a slip bobber in 8 to12 feet of water near submerged trees. Catfish and yellow perch can also be caught using worms fish on the bottom near the fishing dock.
Akron Youth Fishing Area (Summit County) – This is the last weekend for this very accessible, family-friendly fishing area which is open to the public at Wildlife District Three in Akron. Plenty of sunfish and nice catfish are still lurking in the waters waiting to be caught by kids 15 years and younger. The area is open 9am to 7pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. Kids can fish as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Bait, rods, and tackle are provided and a Division of Wildlife employee is available for questions and to assist youngsters with fishing. Restrooms are available as well. Don’t let this opportunity be the one that got away! Visit the area at 912 Portage Lakes Drive, just off of SR 93/Manchester Road.
Tuscarawas River (Tuscarawas County) – The Tuscarawas River is great location to catch a large diversity of fish. Smallmouth bass, saugeye, channel catfish, and flathead catfish are all being caught by anglers with a variety of baits. For eight to 14-inch smallmouth, anglers should target rocky structure just out of the main current with jigs or crayfish fished on the bottom. Saugeye are also hitting on jigs and curly tails fished in the deeper pools of water near structure, such as woody debris. Anglers should try tipping jigs with minnows or earthworms. A fair number of saugeye averaging between 10 and 17-inches are being caught. Channel catfish and flathead catfish are ranging between 10 and 16-inches and 12 to 25-inches respectively and are being caught in better than average numbers. It is suggested that anglers should fish tight-line on the bottom with cut bait, stink bait, chicken liver, earthworms or live minnows in the three to five inch size. Fishing these baits near undercut banks or wooden debris piles has enticed both catfish species. The best access is the Dover Dam off of State Route 800 to points south (public access). Note: Most of the land along the river is in private ownership and access from shore is limited. A public boat ramp has been constructed east of Tuscarawas, Ohio on Tuscarawas Road. Anglers should get permission from the landowner to access private shorelines. Canoe and boat anglers are experiencing excellent catches of fish.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Largemouth bass fishing should be picking up. Try using a variety of crankbaits or spinner baits cast along the shore line. As shad begin moving into the lower end of the lake, shad-colored baits should be successful. Smallmouth bass are also present in this lake and can provide a fun opportunity for anglers. Nighttime angling for smallmouth is especially productive this time of year. Fish along rocky shore line in 6-9 feet of water using tube jigs and spinner baits. Short-arm spinner baits (7/16 ounce) with a pork trailer work well at this lake. Spinner baits should be retrieved slowlyjust along the bottom over rocky substrate.
Seneca Lake (Noble County) – Largemouth bass angling should start improving with the cooling trend in water temperature. Reservoir bass have a high tendency to stage near woody structure at near shore locations. The preferred lure color is generally white plastics as tubes or grubs fished in water depths of 6-10 feet near irregularities associated with the lake basin. Saugeye fishing success should also start to improve. Lead head jigs with a white twister tipped with a minnow are effective at this lake. Shad Rap’s and other similar crank bait imitations and worm harnesses can also be productive on saugeye.
Caesar Creek (Clinton, Greene, and Warren counties) – Anglers casting in-line spinners and crankbaits are catching muskellunge. Muskie 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 http://www.ohiodnr.com/muskielog/welcome.aspx . The Muskie Angler Log was developed in partnership with the Ohio Muskie Anglers as a resource for Ohio Muskie anglers and to support muskie management efforts in Ohio by providing valuable muskie catch data to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Saugeye anglers are catching a few 15-to-18 inch fish from six-to-15 ft depths, but most fish are small. Troll medium or deep diving crankbaits along submerged points or underwater humps. Cast or drift with live night crawlers on a bottom bouncing harness rig, or use a lead head jig tipped with a piece of worm. Fish in the early morning and early evening hours. Channel catfish are being caught by shore anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, and chicken livers. Fish the bait tight line along the bottom in five-to-eight foot depths
C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – A few walleye are being caught by anglers using crankbaits, jigs with plastic bodies or curly tails, small spinners, or live minnows, leeches, or nightcrawlers. Good curly tail color choices are white, orange, pink, or chartreuse. Fish by slowly jigging, trolling or drifting baits in 10-to-15 foot depths. Anglers report that the most successful bait has been silver or gold blade baits. Anglers report walleyes are being caught in the main lake river channel, around structure, and over the humps. The best fishing is in the very early morning hours. Most walleye are undersized fish but some legal fish are being caught. REMEMBER all walleye less than 15 inches long must be immediately released back into the lake. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers using shad, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers in the upper end of the lake. Fish the bait tight line or slowly drift the bait along the bottom in three to six foot depths.
** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches.**
** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**
** The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5 through August 31. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.
** The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.**
Walleye fishing was good over the past week. The best areas were E of West Sister Island, around “L”, “C” and “E” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, NW of North Bass Island along the Canadian border, on West Reef, W of Rattlesnake Island, and along the Canadian border NE of Kelleys Island. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons. Drifters are casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms.
Yellow perch fishing was best 1-2 miles N of the Toledo water intake, near the turnaround buoy of the Toledo shipping channel, off Little Cedar Point, both SE and W of West Sister Island, around “B” and “C” cans of the Camp Perry firing range, NW of Rattlesnake Island and Green Island, on the dumping grounds E of Marblehead, off of Cedar Point, and 1-5 miles E of Kelleys Island. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.
Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the SW corner of the sandbar (N of Vermilion), W of Ruggles Reef, and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, the best of the year, was reported in 70-72’ of water NE of Ashtabula and in 68-72’ of water N-NE of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, white, orange, yellow and green stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair in 47’ of water N of Edgewater Park and in 65’ of water N of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing in 56-58’ of water NW of Fairport Harbor, in 46-60’ of water NE of Geneva, in 58-70’ of water NE of Conneaut. Spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10 to 20’ of water around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Anglers are using nightcrawlers, soft-craws, leeches and tube jigs.
White Bass fishing has been good with larger adult fish being caught off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. Evenings have been the best. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons.
Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and E 55 St piers in Cleveland in the evenings. Catfish are also being caught in the Grand River. Anglers are using nightcrawlers.
The water temperature is 72 degrees off of Toledo and 72 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.
Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.
Serpintine 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 top-water lures as well as skipjack, chubs, shiners and cut bait. Early mornings will probably produce the most catches.
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