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Fish Ohio Report, Oct.5, 2011

October 5, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - As water temperatures decrease the crappie bite has increased. Use jig and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six to 12 feet deep in coves. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. The fall saugeye bite will start after the water temperature falls closer to 60 degrees. Troll crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening for best results.

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, light colored spinner baits and crankbaits along the lily pads or in cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies will become more active as the water cools this fall. Fishing with minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover is best. Bluegills are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms and redworms.


Barton Lake (Williams County) - Anglers are catching largemouth bass at his 19-acre abandoned stone quarry. Try fishing near the surface using top-water lures and spinner baits. The evening appears to be the best time of day to catch largemouth, and fishing along the edges and in the northwest corner should be productive. Northern pike are being caught in 10-20 feet of water using shad, minnows, and spinner baits. Try fishing in the evening around the southwest corner of the lake.

McKarns Lake (Williams County) - Crappies are being caught at this 40-acre lake. Still fishing minnows and red worms in 5-8 feet of water in the early evening seems to be productive. Try fishing near the boat ramp.

Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County) - Bluegill and channel catfish are being caught in 8-10 feet of water. Try using wax worms to catch bluegill and night crawlers to catch channel catfish. These fish are biting in the mornings and in the evenings. Anglers are also catching saugeye in 8-10 feet of water by drifting worm harnesses. Mornings and evenings are also good times to catch saugeye.


Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - A full size range of crappie are being caught at Mogadore Reservoir, with stringers full of 9-12 inch crappies after fishing through the smaller ones. Small jigs ranging from 1/32-ounce to 1/8-ounce with small curly tail soft plastics and marabou jigs are a fun ways to fish for crappie. Fishing a minnow under a bobber or casting a jig with a minnow has also proven to put slabs in the cooler.

Portage Lakes (Summit County) - Crappie, sunfish, and even some nice size bonus perch are being reeled in the chain of lakes (Turkeyfoot Lake, West Reservoir, East Reservoir, North Reservoir, and Long Lake) making up the Portage Lakes. If you want a chance at catching all of the above your best bet would be a pinmin with wax worm under a bobber. The majority of crappie and perch are being caught on minnow under a bobber. They are being caught in eight feet of water about three to four feet below the surface.


Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) - The cooling temperatures of October and November provide some great opportunities for channel cats in this 200-acre lake. Cut shad, night crawlers, and chicken livers will all catch fish. Start to watch for largemouth bass activity to pick up over the next few weeks as the fish move into shallower water.

Jackson Lake (Jackson County) - Check out the old boathouse parking area, as well as the upper shelter house fishing area for great catfishing opportunities. Consistent catches of catfish have been reeled-in on chicken livers and night crawlers while fishing from shore.


Great Miami River (Miami, Montgomery, and Warren counties) - Smallmouth bass fishing can be 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 night crawler or minnow fished under a bobber. Plastic crayfish or crank baits in crawdad patterns are also effective.

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) - Saugeyes are being taken in 8 to15-foot depths near the islands and along main lake points. Try trolling silver- colored crank baits so that the lure occasionally bumps bottom. Largemouth bass can be found along rocky shorelines and near fallen trees. Cast jigs, rubber worms, and crank baits for bass.


Clermont County - 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.

Greenup Dam (Scioto County) - Recent surveys showed good numbers of smallmouth bass. While not a traditional target fish in this area, they can provide a different opportunity for the adventurous angler. Target the large rock riprap along the Ohio shore with a crankbait, swimbait, or leahead jig with a twister. Fishing for blue catfish has been successful, with catches up to 30 pounds reported in the past week. Live skipjack has been the preferred bait, don't be afraid to use one up to 12 inches in size. Anglers have been using a slip rig or 3-way rig fished off the bottom. Channel catfish have been caught by the same method.

Regulations to Remember:

The daily bag limit for Lake Erie walleye is 6 fish. The 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 steelhead daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler with a minimum size limit of 12 inches.

The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish and a minimum size limit of 14 inches.

Western Basin

Walleye: There have been very few walleye reports from the western basin recently. The best reports have come from Kelleys Island Shoal and Gull Island Shoal. Expect walleye fishing to improve as water temperatures drop and migratory walleye move back towards the west from the central basin.

Yellow perch : Windy weather limited fishing over the past weekend (Oct. 1-2). Prior to the wind the best areas had been NW of West Sister Island, E of Niagara Reef, around Rattlesnake Island, off of West Reef, off of Ballast Island, and E of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye: The walleye have scattered offshore of Ashtabula and Conneaut and there were no reports for walleye this week.

Yellow perch : Prior to 3 straight days of high winds and waves, good fishing was reported 42-50' NW of Chagrin River, 42-60' NE of Wildwood State Park, 51' N-NW of Fairport, 60' NE of Ashtabula and 62-64' NW of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished on the bottom produces the most fish. Anglers have been using golden shiners when emerald shiners are not available. A few fish have been caught off the Mentor Headlands breakwall. Mornings and evenings have been best.

White Bass : Fishing has been slow off the Eastlake CEI breakwall and Mentor Headlands breakwall. For boat anglers, fishing has been good in the Cleveland area, look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners.

Channel Catfish: Anglers are catching fish off the Mentor Headlands breakwall at night using night crawlers. Fish are also being caught along the Grand River at the St Clair St bridge.

Steelhead Trout: See the web site: Go to - Wildlife - Fishing - Lake Erie - Steelhead trout fishing.

The water temperature is 56 degrees off of Toledo and 62 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.

Fact Box

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - A full size range of crappie are being caught at Mogadore Reservoir, with stringers full of 9-12 inch crappies after fishing through the smaller ones.



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