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Fish Ohio Report, Oct. 12, 2011

October 12, 2011
Ohio Valley Outdoors
Provided by ODNR


Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) - As water temperatures cool in this lake southwest of Columbus fish have become more active. For crappie target woody cover throughout the lake, try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinner baits, crank baits and plastics, fish points and concentrations of gizzard shad. White bass are active around Tick Ridge; look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad, use spinners and jigs.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) - Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster. Use cut shad, shrimp or night crawlers fished in east or south ends for best results. Bluegills are providing some actions around cover in the east end. Use wax worms or redworms fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass are also being caught here. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer to keep. Crappie action is picking up. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber around woody cover. There is a 10 horsepower limit on the lake.


Willard Reservoir (Huron County) - Try fishing deeper areas of the lake (more than 20 feet) to catch walleye and yellow perch. Still fishing using minnows as bait should be effective for catching these fish, and fishing during the day should produce good results. Make sure you move around until you locate the fish.

Nettle Lake (Williams County) - Largemouth bass are being caught in shallow water. Try trolling spinner baits in the morning. Crappies are also being caught at Nettle Lake. Fish for crappies in five to eight feet of water using minnows as bait. Fish around the northwest corner in the morning for best results.

Clear Fork Reservoir (Richland and Morrow counties) - Fish in shallow water in order to catch six to eight-inch crappies. Try using minnows under a bobber or tube jigs. The Orweiler Road bridge should be a good location. Fish wax worms under a bobber in order to catch bluegills. Bluegills should be in the four to six-inch size range.


Lake Milton (Mahoning County) - Although fishing pressure for yellow perch is fairly high at this reservoir located about 10 miles west of Youngstown, the catch rates based on angler surveys prove to be excellent. To catch some dinner, slow drift or slow troll from a boat if possible. After you catch one fish, anchor at that location. Fish straight down just off the bottom using small minnows fished with a spreader or crappie rig. Find a Lake Milton fishing map at

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - A full size range of crappie are being caught at Mogadore Reservoir, with stringers full of nine to twelve 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.


Tycoon Lake (Gallia County) - Fishing for crappie is starting to pick up as the water starts to cool. Try casting pearl, white or speckled two to three inch twister or grub tails tipped with a minnow into four to eight feet of water. Fish near submerged brush piles, tree stumps and old fence lines. Largemouth bass fishing has been slow, although some anglers are still having success fishing crankbaits and top water lures.

Scioto River (Scioto County) - Anglers have been using gizzard shad fished off the bottom to pull in 15 to 20 pound flathead catfish. Hot spots are the twin bridges and the mouth of the Scioto going into the Ohio River. Hybrid striped bass and striped bass are also being caught in the lower Scioto River from the confluence of the Ohio River to Rushtown using three to five-inch imitation soft bodied swim baits and shallow running stick baits (minnow imitations).

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) - Anglers have been reeling in several nice largemouth bass on spinner baits, twister tails, river worms, and shallow-diving crankbaits. Decent-sized bluegill have also been caught along shorelines with wax worms suspended under a bobber.


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 four 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 eight 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.


R.C. Byrd - Warmwater discharges and stream confluences in the upper pool as well as the Racine tailwaters are good areas to fish for sauger - try using twister tail jigs and minnows. Sauger and hybrid striped bass have also been caught on big creek chubs or any deep-diving bait that resemble minnows. For hybrid striped bass and channel catfish stay in any of the tailwaters. Channel cats are being caught on cut bait, live shad, chicken livers and worms.

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: Yellow perch fishing has been fair in the western basin. The best areas have been West Sister Island, Niagara Reef, off of Ballast Island, and N or E of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners (emerald or golden) fished near the bottom.

Central Basin

Walleye : Walleye fishing has been good 8 to 15 miles N-NE of Huron. Fish have been caught on harnesses with inline weights or divers, and also on deep diving crankbaits. A few walleye have been caught in 62-64' off Cleveland. Anglers are trolling with stick baits.

Yellow perch : Very good yellow perch fishing was reported SW of the sandbar between Vermilion and Lorain, 62-72' NE of Gordon State Park, 62' NW of Fairport, 40-44 NE and NW of Geneva, 42-52' N of Ashtabula and 40-44' and 70-76' NE 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 : 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 channel catfish 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 : Good steelhead trout fishing reported this past week, see the web site: Go to - Wildlife - Fishing - Lake Erie - Steelhead trout fishing.

The water temperature is 59 degrees off of Toledo and 60 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

Lake Milton (Mahoning County) - Although fishing pressure for yellow perch is fairly high at this reservoir located about 10 miles west of Youngstown, the catch rates based on angler surveys prove to be excellent.



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