The Fish Ohio Report
Updated Weekly April through October
October 9, 2013
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – As water temperatures 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 St. Rt. 79. Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait and chicken livers on the bottom. Crappies from 9 to 13 inches are active; use minnows and jigs around points especially in the east half of the lake. Saugeye will begin feeding more as water temperatures decrease. Troll or jig close to the bottom for best results.
Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these fish in the boat. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinner baits to catch these fish. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, cut baits, and chicken livers.
Auglaize River (Paulding County) – Anglers have been catching channel catfish and crappie in the river over the past couple of weeks. For crappie, try fishing 4 to 6 feet deep using crappie rigs or crappie jigs tipped with minnows. The best successes have come in the mornings and evenings.
Killdeer Plains Reservoir (Wyandot County) – Located 10 miles southwest of Upper Sandusky along State Route 67, Killdeer Reservoir features a floating boat ramp and 241 acres of fishable water. Smallmouth bass should be biting again this month. Overcast mornings and evenings usually produce the best results right now. Try fishing the rocks along the island and the south shore, as well as the reefs. Cast the shoreline using crayfish, crankbaits or soft baits. There is a 10 horsepower limit on the reservoir. The new split bass regulations for the reservoir allow an angler to take 3 bass a day; only 2 of which may be less than 14 inches and 1 may be 20 inches or greater.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – This 2,131-acre lake is known for its excellent fishery. A wide variety of fish species can be caught including crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, white bass, and saugeye. Fall fishing in this lake should not be ignored. The scenery is beautiful as the leaves morph into rich autumn colors. For more information on tips and tactics for fishing any of the mentioned species go to www.wildohio.com Wheelchair accessible shoreline fishing facilities are available.
Atwood Lake (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – This 1,551-acre lake located on State Route 212, two miles south of New Cumberland offers great fishing. Species often caught by anglers include saugeye, largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, and especially channel catfish. Saugeye, a hybrid cross between a female walleye and a male sauger, have provided anglers with wonderful fishing opportunities for many years now. The Division of Wildlife originally stocked saugeye in 1985 and, with the exception of one year, continued an aggressive stocking program. One of the best ways to catch saugeye is to use a small jig (1/32 or 1/8) and tip it with a piece of night crawler. Simply cast, let the bait sink, and slowly retrieve. The strike will be gentle so watch for a twitch in the line.
Monroe Lake (Monroe County) – At 39-acres, this lake north of Woodsfield might be considered small when compared to other lakes in the area, but that doesn’t mean the fishing opportunities are small. Cooler, fall temperatures will trigger largemouth bass to start moving back into shallow water areas, and fishing success should start to pick up as bass prepare for winter. Try using traditional soft plastic baits and crankbaits around woody debris or vegetation. Fish for bluegill using wax worms suspended under a bobber at three to 4 feet. Channel catfish can still be caught this time of year too. Chicken livers, night crawlers, or cut bait should produce nice results. There is a 10-horsepower limit for outboard motors.
New Lexington Reservoir 1 and 2 (Perry County) – To access Reservoir 1 from New Lexington, travel north on State Route 13, turn right on Perry County Road 19. To access Reservoir 2, travel north on State Route 13, turn right on Township Road 149, and then turn right on Township Road 150. A 2010 survey or Reservoir 1 showed good catch of bass larger than 20 inches. Try using top-water baits and jig-n-pigs in the early morning and evening hours. Bluegills should be biting on small in-line spinners and wax worms. Electric motors only.
Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) – For channel catfish, use chicken livers and night crawlers fished on the bottom for best results. It’s a little early but shoreline cover offers the best locations to take crappies. Use minnows beneath a bobber fished at depths of 3 to 6 feet. Use red worms and wax worms when seeking bluegills.
Indian Wildlife Area Ponds (Brown County) – This is a hot area for catching bluegills. . Fish for bluegill using wax worms suspended under a bobber at three to 4 feet or in-line spinners.
** 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 2 fish with a minimum size limit of 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 effort has been low recently and there have been very few reports from the western basin. As temperatures drop expect fishing to improve as migratory walleye return to the islands and also nearshore areas. Trolling crankbaits behind planer boards is a popular method for catching fall walleye.
Yellow perch fishing was fair over the past week. The best areas have been around West Sister Island, near the N end of the Toledo shipping channel, 9 miles out from the Toledo water intake, West Reef, W of Green and Rattlesnake islands, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, NW of Kelleys Island, E of Kelleys Island, and off of Kelleys Island Shoal. 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, and also in Sandusky Bay. Some smallmouth bass have been reported around Kelleys Island.
Walleye fishing is improving off of Huron, mostly 8 to 15 miles NE of the river. The offshore dumping grounds SW of the weather buoy has produced big fish over the past week. Worm harnesses with inline weights, or crankbaits with snap weights have produced the best catches. Fishing continues to be excellent in 68-71’ of water N of Geneva and in 68-72’ of water NE of Ashtabula. Some limit catches were reported this past week. Anglers are trolling wire line with white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, green and red stick baits.
Yellow perch fishing has been fair 1 mile N of Beaver Creek, in 38’ of water N. of Lorain, and at the S end of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain. Excellent fishing was reported in 38-40’ of water NE of Edgewater Park, in 42’ of water NW of Wildwood Park, in 44-53’ of water NW (the hump) of Fairport Harbor and in 44-55’ of water NE of Geneva. 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 crayfish and leeches.
White Bass fishing has been hit and miss off the E. 55th St and E 72nd St Piers in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor. Small fish are being caught off the Fairport Harbor pier. 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.
Steelhead Trout are being caught off the short Pier in Fairport Harbor and also in the river up to Vrooman Rd. Anglers are using jigs tipped with maggots and small spoons.
The water temperature is 64 degrees off of Toledo and 67 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.
Eastern Ohio River Tailwaters – Baitfish have not been turning up at most of the tailwaters like past years, making fishing for white bass and hybrid striped bass slow. However, if you can find the baitfish the white and hybrid bass are sure to be nearby. Catfish anglers have been having some success using live skipjack if they can find them. Anglers have also reported a few catches of sauger, mostly after dark. The sauger bite should continue to pick up as water temperatures continue to drop.
Clermont County – Although the river is a little high and muddy, fishing for striped bass and catfish is hot right now. Fish above or below the Meldahl Dam using chicken liver or night crawlers fished on the bottom.
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