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Friday, October 25, 2013 8:28 PM

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Deer Creek Lake (Fayette/Pickaway counties) - Cool water temperatures have fish more active. For crappie, target woody cover in the coves; in shallower water, try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinner baits, crankbaits and plastics; try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. Bluegill are being caught on wax worms and nightcrawlers. White bass are active around Tick Ridge; look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad and use spinners and jigs to get them.

Scioto River (Delaware/Franklin/Pickaway counties) - Smallmouth bass and saugeye can be caught using crankbaits and plastics below Griggs and O’Shaughnessy Reservoirs; try the upper end of pools where they meet riffles. Channel catfish can also be caught using cut bait or chicken livers around woody cover in pools.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) - Located southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207, there is a full boat ramp at the southern shore. Yellow perch and walleye should be biting this month. During the fall, yellow perch can be caught around structure. The best baits include minnows and red worms fished near the bottom with spreaders or crappie rigs. Fall is a great time to hook into some walleye; try fishing along the shoreline during the morning and evening hours. There is a 9.9-HP limit here.

Nettle Lake (Williams County) - This natural glacial lake is located on County Road 4.75, off SR 49. Largemouth bass and crappie should be biting this time of year; evenings usually produce the best. Bass anglers should focus their efforts along the edges using top-water lures and crème worms. In October, large crappie can usually be found near the lily pads in the northwest corner. There is a boat ramp at the southwest corner of the lake. There are no horsepower restrictions; however, there is a No-Wake Rule (power boaters must operate at idle speed) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no speed restrictions for power boaters.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Region wide - Try your hand at last-chance perch before hard water heads this way. You don’t need to go to the “big water” of Lake Erie to catch perch: Long Lake, Mogadore, Mosquito and Wingfoot reservoirs offer sandwich-sized perch. Fish just as you would Lake Erie, using shiners on spreaders in deep water; go to www.wildohio.com to download and print maps for more information about where to park, where to fish and history of the location.

Clear Fork Branch of the Mohican River (Ashland County) - What a fantastic time of year to enjoy the fall foliage below the Pleasant Hill Reservoir where brown trout were recently stocked. Anglers can ply the water with flies, small jigs under a float, or an assortment of small spinners; remember, there is a 12-inch minimum length for harvest. Go to www.wildohio.com to download and print a map of this waterway.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) - Saugeye are starting to move into shallower areas as the temperatures start to cool in this 2,273-acre lake. Fish the shoreline and road bed in the lower basin of the lake near the dam; use jerkbaits or crankbaits imitating minnows or shad while doing a steady cast-and-retrieve. In the main lake, cast crankbaits around the shoreline or vertical jig with a minnow and chartreuse twister tail.

Dow Lake (Athens County) - This 171-acre lake, located inside Strouds Run State Park, is a popular destination for local anglers; shore access is available from U.S. Route 50 and boat access is available from CR 20 (Stroud’s Run Road). Fall offers great opportunities for largemouth bass as the cooler temperatures cause the fish to move back into shallower water; try fishing around structure such as weed beds and fallen trees using spinner baits and crankbaits.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Saugeye are being taken near the islands and along main lake points; try trolling silver-colored crank baits where the lure occasionally bumps the bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees; cast jigs, rubber worms and crankbaits for bass.

Great Miami River (Miami/Montgomery/Warren counties) - Smallmouth bass fishing is 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 or plastic crayfish or crank baits in crawdad patterns. Zulu in pearl or Rapala X-Rap are also effective.

OHIO RIVER

Belleville Locks and Dam - Sauger and walleye fishing will pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try white or chartreuse twister tails or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway; night and early morning are the best times now, although fish can still be caught throughout the day. Hybrid-striped bass fishing should remain good; try using spoons, crankbaits and live bait.

Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Fishing for striped bass and catfish continues to be productive above or below the Meldahl Dam using chicken livers or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; minimum size limit 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; minimum size limit 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.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing has been limited by weather over the past week (as of Tuesday). 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 has also been limited by weather conditions. The following areas are from the past week’s report: West Sister Island, near the north end of the Toledo shipping channel, 9 miles out from the Toledo water intake, West Reef, west of Green and Rattlesnake islands, between Kelleys Island and Lakeside, northwest of Kelleys Island, east of Kelleys Island and off Kelleys Island Shoal; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing slowed over the past week (as of Tuesday) as weather conditions limited opportunities. Some have been reported within 5 miles of shore from Cedar Point to Vermilion; trolling crankbaits behind planer boards is a popular method for catching fall walleye. Farther east, there were not many angler interviews this past week, but fishing continues to be good in 70 feet of water north of Ashtabula; anglers are trolling wire line with pink, yellow, orange and green stick baits. … Yellow perch fishing has been good in between the storm events in 51 feet of water north of Edgewater Park, in 42 feet north of Gordon Park, in 42-47 feet northwest of Fairport Harbor and in 48-54 feet northeast of Ashtabula; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland and Fairport area piers has been slow. … Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10-20 feet around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut; anglers are using crayfish and leeches. … White Bass fishing has been hit or miss off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street 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. Lots of large white bass are being caught by boat yellow perch fisherman off Fairport Harbor. 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 long and short piers in Fairport Harbor and also in the Grand River up to Helen Hazen Wyman Park; anglers are using jigs tipped with maggots or minnows with a bobber, plus small spoons. … The water temperature is 54 degrees off Toledo and 63 degrees off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. … Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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