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Fish Ohio Report, October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

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Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) - Crappie are active so anglers should try fishing minnows or jigs suspended under bobbers in shallow areas around woody structure. Catfish are still being caught in the north end; shrimp, night crawlers or prepared baits should work well. Saugeye are starting to get active; troll crankbaits and worm harnesses along points and across flats leading to deeper water. Keep the baits very close to the bottom. Early morning and evening bites produce best results.

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Shawn Johnston, channel catfish, taken with shiner in Beaver Creek, Columbiana County, OH.

Indian Lake (Logan County) - Saugeye are being caught along south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas. Crankbaits and worm harnesses fished near the bottom usually produce good results. Electrofishing surveys indicate there is a large population of saugeyes. Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the canals around cover. Anglers should try spinner baits, tubes, and crankbaits. Crappies are active around woody structure and any standing vegetation; use minnows and jigs for best results.


Findlay Reservoir #2 (Hancock County) - Findlay Reservoir #2 is located southwest of Findlay on Township Road 207. It is 629-acres in size with 4.2 miles of shoreline. There is a full boat ramp at the southern shore of the reservoir. Yellow perch and white bass should also be biting this month. White bass can be found feeding near the surface in schools throughout the reservoir. 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. Anglers should still be able to hook into some walleye in the mornings and evenings near the shoreline. There is a 9.9 horsepower limit on the reservoir.

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Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) - This 444-acre lake is found three miles east of Akron, eight miles south of Kent, and one-half mile south of U.S. 224. It offers great bass, bluegill, and cat fishing and anglers can even commonly catch perch, walleye, and crappie as well.

Nettle Lake (Williams County) - This 103-acre natural glacial lake is located on County Road 4.75, off of State Route 49. Largemouth bass should be biting this time of year. Evenings have been the best. Anglers should focus their efforts along the edges. Try using top-water lures and crme worms. In October large crappies can usually be found near the lily pads in the northwest corner. There is a boat ramp off of County Road 4.75 at the southwest corner of the lake. Nettle Lake has 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.

Killdeer Plains Pond #33 (Wyandot County) - This pond is located northeast of the village of Marseilles, one mile east of State Route 67 on former County Road 75. Largemouth bass are usually heavily feeding this month. Anglers usually have the best success early in the morning and at sunset along the south dike and along the fishing piers. Anglers generally have the best success using jigs and pigs fished along the weed line and in open water pockets. The pond has a boat ramp with a floating dock. Boats are limited to 10 horsepower motors. Shore fishing is available from the dike and piers. Wading along the north shore is also popular.


Wingfoot Lake (Portage County) - This 444-acre lake is found three miles east of Akron, eight miles south of Kent, and one-half mile south of U.S. 224. It offers great bass, bluegill, and cat fishing and anglers can even commonly catch perch, walleye, and crappie as well. While shoreline fishing access is very limited, boat anglers will see very good results. View a map of this lake at or call 1-800-WILDLIFE for a copy. Boat anglers should note that only outboard motors of 10 h.p. or less are permitted on the lake. Also, all catfish anglers should note the daily bag limit of six (6) channel catfish under 28 inches.

Clear Fork branch, Mohican River (Ashland County) - Thanks to Division of Wildlife stocking efforts beginning in the early 90's, brown trout can be caught in this pristine waterway, specifically near the covered bridge in Mohican State Park in the southern portion of the county. A large section of public access can be found downstream of Pleasant Hill dam as well as a small portion between Bellville and Butler on Gatton Rocks Road. Otherwise, anglers must obtained permission from private landowners before fishing unless floating in a canoe, kayak, or other watercraft. Visit to view a fishing access map and visit and click on Watercraft to see launch sites. Brown trout are taken using wet or dry flies from areas such as undercut banks and around fallen trees and boulders, which occur throughout the stream. Traditional methods include using worms or a minnow under a bobber fished through the runs, holes, and eddies. Bottom fishing with worms can also be productive. Anglers have also been successful using small spinners in natural colors or white, black, and silver, and casting those spinners into the holes, eddies, and riffle areas.


Slope Creek Reservoir (Belmont County) - Also known as Barnesville Reservoir #3, this lake is located just five miles south of Barnesville off McGinnis Road and is home to many popular sport fish. The cooler temperatures of fall will start moving largemouth bass back into shallower water. Try using spinner baits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations fished near structure such as fallen trees or weed bed edges. A slot length limit is imposed on this lake, so only bass smaller than 12 inches and larger than 15 inches may be kept. Although not as abundant, bluegill can be found throughout the lake. A simple wax worm or redworm fished below a bobber should be sufficient. A few crappie may also be found but the population is low in numbers. Electric motors only.

Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) - Fall is the best time to start looking for saugeye, and this lake doesn't receive heavy pressure for this popular fish. Try fishing lead head jigs tipped with a twister, stick baits, or crankbaits in riprap areas along the bank as well as main lake points. Some saugeye anglers prefer live baits such as minnows, so don't limit yourself to one type of bait. Good conditions for saugeye will continue throughout the winter and into next spring. Channel catfish can still be caught throughout the fall on night crawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits fished on the bottom, and don't forget that night fishing can provide some excellent opportunities.

Belleville Locks and Dam - Sauger and walleye fishing is starting to pick up in the tailwater section as river temperatures cool. Try twister tails (white or chartreuse) or swimbaits near the dam and along the walkway. Night and early morning are the best times right now, although fish are still being caught throughout the day. Walleye over 22-inches are being caught, though most walleye and sauger will be in the 12 to 16-inch range. Hybrid striped bass fishing continues to remain good, with many three to four pound fish being caught. Spoons, crankbaits and livebait seem to work best.


Adams Lake (Adams County) - Bluegill are being taken by anglers using any of the following worms: red, earth, wax, or meal. Fish from a boat, along the pier, or along the shoreline. Keep the bait about two to three feet deep under a bobber.

C. J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) - Crappie are biting on jigs with plastic bodies and live minnows. Fishing is good from a boat or the shoreline. Fish the bait slowly along the bottom, still fish, or use a slip bobber. Fishing the bait between three to more than 10 feet deep will produce good results.

Paint Creek (Highland County) - Crappies are being caught by anglers using minnows or jigs as bait. Fish the bait in three to 12 feet of water. Fish the bait around any type of woody structure such as downed trees and overhanging brush and around the campgrounds. A few saugeye are being caught by casting jigs or trolling small crankbaits between the beach and the island and along the hazard area. Bluegills are being caught by anglers using wax worms under bobbers as bait. Fish the bait two to four feet deep. Good fishing spots are back in the coves, near stumps, and around fallen timber.


Eastern Ohio River - Hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing remains 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 using 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, night crawlers, or chicken livers.

Western Ohio River - Anglers are still taking channel catfish. They are being caught on chicken livers and cutbait around warm water discharges. Carp are biting on dough balls and corn. Hybrids are hitting Rapalas and rattletraps.

Regulations to Remember:

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 per angler from September 1 through May 15. The minimum size limit for trout and salmon is 12 inches.

The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit of 5 fish and a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin

Walleye: There have been very few reports over the past week. As temperatures drop walleye will return to the islands area. Most walleye are caught in the fall by trolling crankbaits off of planer boards.

Yellow perch fishing has been good when the weather has allowed. The best areas have been 1 to 3 miles off Little Cedar Point, E of West Sister Island, N of "C" can of the Camp Perry firing range, N of Green Island, E of Kelleys Island, and between Kelleys Island and Marblehead. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.

Central Basin

Walleye have been caught 4 to 8 miles N-NW of Huron. Most fish have been caught by trolling with worm harnesses or crankbaits. No current reports from the Ashtabula-Conneaut area. Look for walleye in 64' of water 8.5 miles out N of Conneaut. Try trolling with dipsy and jet divers, or inline weights, with worm harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing has been good within 1 mile of Huron and Vermilion. Farther east fishing continues to be excellent with many limit catches. The best locations to fish are in 38-40' of water N of Gordon Park, in 38' of water N of Wildwood State Park, in 49' of water NW of Fairport Harbor, and in 70' of water N of Conneaut. Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. The best shore fishing spots to try are the Cleveland Piers and at Headlands Beach Pier in Mentor and the Fairport Harbor Pier. Fair catches were reported this past week at the Fairport Harbor Pier. Anglers are using crappie rigs and spreaders with shiners and the mornings and evenings have been best.

White bass has been spotty but can pick up at any time. Try near shore in 10-25' of water N of Cleveland Harbor, NE of Gordon Park (Bratenahl), and in 10-20' of water N of Eastlake CEI. Look for gulls feeding on schools of shiners at the surface. The white bass will be below the shiners. Shore anglers are catching white bass off the Eastlake CEI breakwall. Anglers are using agitators with jigs tipped with twister tails or using small spoons.

Steelhead trout anglers are catching fish off the Fairport Pier at the mouth of the Grand River and also in the river up to the Uniroyal hole. Water levels continue to be very low in the Grand River. Boat anglers are having good luck in the Grand River as well as the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek. Try using small spoons, spinner baits, and jigs with maggots.

The water temperature is 53 degrees off of Toledo and 57 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.



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