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I ended up Saugeye fishing several times this week while on vacation. And the results are great for me. Monday morning I limited out by about 10am. Tuesday took a little longer however, I was off the water by noon. Thursday morning until early afternoon when my stomach said time to go however, it was a killer day to fish. I lost count but surely it was plus 40 fish. Most of the fish were short but the action was fantastic!
I was able to slip out Friday round 3pm until 6:15 and picked up four keepers and lost a couple keepers along the way. I forgot to take pictures of the catch on Tuesday but, no matter.
All of the fish were between 15.5" and 20" with one fish measuring 24.5" which was caught Thursday.

The water temp started out a little over 60 Monday and Friday afternoon I saw 58.7
My lures were simply 3" Venom twister tails (No minnow), Blade baits and Big Joshy swims.
I worked both middle and lower sections of Alum and the results were the same.

Tight lines!
 

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Except for girlfriend having hand surgery last Wednesday, I've really enjoyed the time off this fall. I was going to bow hunt this week but the changed my mind after seeing the water temperatures dropping.
I'll hit Alum again in the morning for 3-4 hours and then watch the 1pm football game.

BTW, yesterday a guy showed me pictures of his brand new trailer that fell off the concrete pad that use to be a boat ramp at Cheshire. He picked up his new duck boat and then hit the ramp. He ended up bending the frame when it was all said and done. Think goodness he had an old trailer he could use to pull the boat out of the water.
 

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The typical locations you have found them all year has been working. Points are always good, inside turns and the like.
The water depth seems to be based on the amount of cloud coverage. And this also affects the lure colors too. And so, no easy answer for that one.
Take gold for example; I will have something gold and something silver at the ready. One would be for clouds and the other for when the sun comes out. I've found little things like that matter for constant action.
The biggest thing I've found this week is something really simple and that is how much you lift and drop your lure. I've found times when nothing worked except for dragging the bait along the bottom. And then they stop hitting that and I go to a 4-6" lift drop.
I would work a zone with a swim for about 5-10 minutes and then change color and do it again, again and again. I always follow the old rule bright with light idea. The ten dollar question is what color is the bright they like.
You just need to be open to changing often until you hit the money. I hope this helps!
 

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I got out an hour later than normal due I-270 being shutdown on the eastside because of an accident. However, I ended up limiting out again, after three hours of catching fish.
The water temp was 54.7 at the ramp. And as for action, how about the attached picture of a hot air balloon.
 

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Except for girlfriend having hand surgery last Wednesday, I've really enjoyed the time off this fall. I was going to bow hunt this week but the changed my mind after seeing the water temperatures dropping.
I'll hit Alum again in the morning for 3-4 hours and then watch the 1pm football game.

BTW, yesterday a guy showed me pictures of his brand new trailer that fell off the concrete pad that use to be a boat ramp at Cheshire. He picked up his new duck boat and then hit the ramp. He ended up bending the frame when it was all said and done. Think goodness he had an old trailer he could use to pull the boat out of the water.
i expirenced the same issue at the ramp. no sign when i launched on saturday morning. road closed sign when i went to take out. pretty good chance i tweaked my trailer trying to pull it out of that hole as well. crappie bite was good and saw alot of saugeye trollers out.
 

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The balloon dude was feathering the gas valve as if he wanted to stay close to the water. However, the people with him got really quite as it got close to the water.
I took another picture when he was a couple feet above the water and the basket picked up a lot of water for no more time it was touching it. And surely it would not take long and the weight of the water would be more than what the balloon could handle to lift out.

It is hard to believe the park Rangers did not know about the condition of the ramp and not close it.
 

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And here I thought I was special. :) I decided to take a break from chasing bass to saugeye fish and limited very quickly last Friday, too. Action was nonstop, as you mentioned, with many being shorts. Probably caught over 25 and culled to bring dinner home to the family. The best spots/size I found came out of 22-28FOW off ledges, points, drop offs and creek channel swings, primarily on east side, although I ran into a bunch of crappie on the west. I stayed in the south pool, though. Is it worth venturing to the middle for bigger size? If so, does east/west side seem to be better? I imagine I'd just run the same type of pattern that works south.
 

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Your locations are the very same as what I found for the most part. I found the bigger fish in 42 feet up to around 25 where it transitions onto a flat. And having a quick rise really was magical. For me at least, I picked up more going from deep to up for whatever reason. And with having low wind being an issue, it was easy to work the area anyway you wanted with boat control.
As the wind picked up, I found the fish quickly moving up to 18 foot following the bait. The other thing I found is the Perch were only found from about 33' on down.
Breaks and wall fishing and deeper flats seemed to be the ticket with the lack of wind and the sun shining.
Now on cloudy days earlier part of last week, they were up shallower for me.
My rule of thumb for Alum is start deep in known areas and let the wind more me shallow.
 

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Wow. Never have fished that deep on Alum. Was seeing DO readings on the COE website dropping sharply around 32 FOW, so I just didn't think I'd get much action below that. I'll have to give it a shot. Probably going out tomorrow, so we'll see. Bait was key for me, too, BTW. Once I'd find a ball or two, bites weren't far behind. Got some cats and a few perch, too. Perch were tiny but came out of shallower water for me - (circa 18-22fow). I guess the moral of the story is that they are scattered, but around bait. Got a few 14-16" LM and this shallow... Fun day all around.

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Had an ankle replacement a week ago and am so envious of you guys.
I started fishing Erie full time a few years ago due to the crowds at Alum but always brought the boat home to fish Alum mid Oct. through Nov. (or until they salt the roads). The weather conditions recently have created spectacular fishing conditions for sure in central Ohio deep lakes. Nothing like sight fishing deep fish from your sonar with a jig…
If things slow whatever depth you’re fishing you can often find active fish at a different depth on the next point. (Bait, current Bam!)
Keep at it boys…enjoying the fish porn.
See you next year!
Al
 

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Cool Musky! I've yet to catch one this year.
I never dream about fishing that deep for them either until Monday last week. I was fishing the dam area and drifted out while landing a fish and just dropped my lure down and started towards 30, of water. And when I picked up a keeper at 43' I had to try again.
I never really ventured out into deep water like that as I never needed to over the years. However, I put a lot of fish in the boat last week starting deep and working my way up.
Of course that deep, I was in an inside turn that went up 10 or more feet pretty quick to a flat. And that was money for me! I've never lost any tackle working that type of area either. Lucky me for sure!
Something else changed up on when working the deep water was, going with 4" ring type paddle bait. Something along the lines of a Joshy in style only it is a ring type soft rubber bait with a paddle tail. I looked and i don't have the name of it right now. Nonetheless, a pink one with a truse tail worked wonders on them. A white or green jig with a Venom 3" tail of any natural color tail has worked real well for me too. In fact the carp pictured hit a Chartreuse with lime green tail the other day. Now that was great fun until I could not turn him. Then I knew it was not a big Saugeye.
I might be going out early tomorrow too. maybe I'll see you out there?
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