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Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!


Hoover Reservoir (Delaware/Franklin counties) - Crappies are starting their fall feed. Fishing coves and around woody cover can be productive; jigs and minnows suspended by a bobber is a good technique. Catfish are still being caught in the north end; use shrimp, nightcrawlers or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeye are starting to get active; troll spinners and crank baits along points and across flats leading to deeper water. Keep the baits very close to the bottom; early morning and evening bites can be good.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) - Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster; use cut shad, shrimp or nightcrawlers fished in the east or south ends for best results. Bluegill are providing some action around cover in the east end; use wax or red worms under a bobber. Largemouth bass are also being caught here; these must be 15 inches or longer to keep. The lake contains a nice population of crappies greater than 10 inches. 10-HP limit on lake.


Upper Sandusky Reservoir #2 (Wyandot County) - Located on the southeast edge of Upper Sandusky on CR 60, largemouth bass should be biting at this 118-acre reservoir. The shoreline consists of rocks, a wetland shelf and sand beach area, which all provide a lot of cover; try along the west side, as well as in the standing timber. There is a boat ramp and dock but boats are restricted to electric motors only. The reservoir closes at 10 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland/Ashland County line) - With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline located next to Mohican State Forest, 2 miles southwest of Perrysville, this site has plenty to offer. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off SR 95. Crappie have been biting as the water temperatures cooled; good numbers from 9-10 inches can be found. Try fishing the deeper southeast section of the lake.


Portage Lakes (Summit County) - Largemouth bass are growing here — and most likely in lakes statewide — for the upcoming winter. With a warm front pushing through, action should pick up this week as fish should be actively feeding; anglers are doing well fishing blade baits, jerk baits and crank baits. There have also been some anglers targeting crappie from shore that have had some success. They have focused their efforts on near shore structure; minnows and small soft plastics with jigs under a bobber have provided the most consistent bite.

Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) - This site has helped many anglers put some fillets in the fryer and freezer. Good numbers of crappie and perch are being caught by anglers; successful anglers are reporting that the majority caught are biting on a plan hook with a minnow under a float. Combining a minnow with a jig and soft plastic or fishing just the jig with the soft plastic has seemed to slow the bite.


Lake Logan (Hocking County) - The cooler fall temperatures will trigger bass to move back into shallow water areas as they prepare for winter at this 333-acre lake; try white buzzbaits and spinner baits. Good-size saugeye can be caught on a variety of baits, including rubber worms, floating minnows, minnows on the bottom, chrome or silver-colored stick baits, or trolling worm harnesses; mud or sand flats are good areas to explore, as well as shoreline areas with riprap.

Seneca Lake (Guernsey/Noble counties) - The cooler temperatures will help anglers looking for crappie, bluegill and white bass. Fish minnows under a slip bobber or with jigs over submerged structure throughout; submerged structure is marked along the shoreline with florescent paint on nearby trees. Maps including the location of submerged structure are available by calling the District Four office at (740) 589-9930; a 9-inch minimum length limit for crappie is in effect on this 3,508-acre lake.


East Fork (Clermont County) - Crappies are being caught using wax worms, tube jigs, or medium- to large-sized minnows tipped on chartreuse jigs. Channel catfish are being caught fishing tightline at night using nightcrawlers, large minnows, or chicken liver. Bluegill are hitting on wax or red worms under a bobber about 2-3 feet deep; cast anywhere around the docks, standing wood, or downed trees. Largemouth bass are being caught using 6-inch plastic worms, spinner baits, or deep-diving (6-10 feet) crankbaits colored shad.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Mercer County) - Cooler water temperatures have the crappie biting. Good numbers of fish from 9-10 inches can be found along the south shore and near Coldwater Creek around shoreline brush, fallen trees, or around boat docks; try live minnows or small jigs with plastic bodies.


Western Ohio River - Anglers are still taking channel catfish on chicken livers and cut bait around warm water discharges. Carp are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids have been hitting Rapalas and rattletraps.

Eastern Ohio River - Hybrid-striped bass and white bass should be consistent in the tailwaters; popular baits include twister tails and casting spoons. The sauger bite should start picking up as the water temperature continues to drop; try jigs tipped with twister tails or minnows in the tailwaters, creek mouths and around the islands. Catfish are still active and can be caught on skipjack, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers.


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: 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.

Central Basin: Some walleye have been reported within 5 miles of shore from Cedar Point to Lorain; trolling crankbaits behind planer boards is a popular method for catching fall walleye. Farther east, try in 70’ of water N of Ashtabula trolling wire line with all colors of stick baits; anglers are also beginning to catch walleye nearshore off Cleveland during the evening trolling deep-diving lures. … Yellow perch fishing has been good in between the storm events just N of the Huron River mouth, in 38-52’ of water N of Cleveland, in 47’ NW of Fairport Harbor and in 48-54’ NE of Ashtabula; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has picked up at the Cleveland piers. … Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10-20’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using crayfish and leeches. … White Bass fishing has been hit and miss off the East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland and the long 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. … 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 using jigs tipped with maggots or minnows with a bobber and small spoons; a few fish are being caught off the Cleveland shore piers using jigs and minnows with a bobber. … The water temperature is 48 degrees off of Toledo and 56 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.


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