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Old 06-13-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Cowan Lake

So I'm heading to Cowan lake this weekend, but I've never fished there. Can anyone let me know what's in there?

Also, any tips on what to catch them on or where would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 06-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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I too am interested in whats working this time of year, I have a 3 day vaca planned the last week of the month there and plan on bringing the boat. Ive only fished there once a few weeks ago, used minnows on bobbers, caught small crappies and wife caught a saugeye in shallow waters. I liked fishing the big cove across from the marina but did good across from the beach too
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:11 AM   #3
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I'm in WCH and took a trip there round Memorial day. I'm landlocked and I stumbled on that dock thing out there a little past the boat ramp. Now keep in mind I HATE SNAKES so I kept getting distracted when they kept swimming underneath the dock.
Anyway they (the fish) were hitting good on spinners. I didnt land one but kept getting some good hits. The damn snakes were too distracting to where I could really concentrate.

Use spinners, you'll do good. White and blue
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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My first year at Cowan, and I am taking some kids out tomorrow--which ramp?

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I'm in WCH and took a trip there round Memorial day. I'm landlocked and I stumbled on that dock thing out there a little past the boat ramp. Now keep in mind I HATE SNAKES so I kept getting distracted when they kept swimming underneath the dock.
Anyway they (the fish) were hitting good on spinners. I didnt land one but kept getting some good hits. The damn snakes were too distracting to where I could really concentrate.

Use spinners, you'll do good. White and blue

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Old 06-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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Went out for a few hours starting at 10:30.

Caught a 12 in channel cat--just right for the skillet. 4 crappie, biggest 9 in, kept him. 1 striped bass 12 in (my first!).

Two in the freezer, and a great day. Heading out Sat morning with a walleye fisherman, maybe I'll get my first saugeye.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #6
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was there today with the kids caught twenty crappie in a couple hours kept 7, largest being 13 & 14
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Cowan is ,IMO, a good lake to fish with lots of species...the catfishing is always decent( they may not be all monster cats..but plenty of skillet sized 1-3 pounders),buy ANY stinkbait or smelly dough type bait and fish the campground boatdock/or campground cove... saugeye and bass can usually be caught on a minnow under a bobber from the shore. Good luck
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Was on the water at six this morning and fished till about 19.not a bite one.Was targeting Bass.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:04 PM   #9
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Hey outdoorrich. I will need to see some pics of those crappie cause I have caught thousands of them out of that lake and never have seen one much over 12". Sounds like a fishing story to me. Haha


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You already have pics kenny and i cant get mine to upload. I will deal with you Saturday.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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Those where some nice ones.


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Old 06-22-2013, 08:24 PM   #13
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Out at 8 this morning, it was tough, on 12" largemouth, one 6" perch, one 8" crappie. Using worms and lures exclusively, still after my first saugeye.

Vacation week, kid fishing tomorrow, after the saugeye again Monday.

This (lack of fish) aggression will not stand, man! - "The Dude" Lebowski
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #14
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Out at 8 this morning, it was tough, on 12" largemouth, one 6" perch, one 8" crappie. Using worms and lures exclusively, still after my first saugeye.
Perch??????????? I've fished Cowan for almost 40 years, I've never seen a perch. Has anyone else ever caught a perch out of Cowan?
Just curious.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:23 PM   #15
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I have saw a dead one before on shore and it was a big one. Someone fishing there said there are some in there. I have never caught one. I have also seen in the past in the ohio outdoor news where it has talked about how people are catching crappie and picking up a few perch here and there. Maybe they just don't do very well in there cause all the Muskie.


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Perch??????????? I've fished Cowan for almost 40 years, I've never seen a perch. Has anyone else ever caught a perch out of Cowan?
Just curious.
My buddy caught it at the front of the boat. Sorry, didn't do a DNA analysis. Don't know why that upset you.
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #17
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Did the survey pass that you can use more than a 10hp motor at idle speed on Cowan?
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I heard it did. I would call the park office just to make sure.


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Old 06-23-2013, 08:14 PM   #19
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My buddy caught it at the front of the boat. Sorry, didn't do a DNA analysis. Don't know why that upset you.
I'm not upset, not at all. Like I posted "just curious". I have no reason to doubt you and no reason for you to be on the defensive. I was hoping someone (or YOU) would say, yeah we catch perch off and on. It would give me a new something to look for if there were a decent population.
Since your buddy caught it, do you know what he was using? Lure or live bait? Again just curious.
I see from Kennyjames, you aren't the only ones to have caught perch.

About 10 or 15 years ago, I caught a smallmouth bass at Cowan. In all the time I fished that lake it's the 1st and only smallie I've ever caught and I've never talked to another person who has caught one. It was odd but it did happen. Are there more smallies in there, who knows? With just 1 fish in almost 40 years I haven't spent much time looking.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #20
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Yes, there are perch in Cowan
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