The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club held its Division of Wildlife/Media Appreciation day recently at Clear Fork Reservoir, something it has done for the past several years at this fine lake.
Sometimes the days fishing is good, sometimes it's tough, and this time fish came hard. We had a storm rolling in with raindrops spattering the water and the barometer bouncing all over. While weather changes can stimulate fish to bite, this time it put them down. Nine boats caught just one muskie. But it's not surprising that Clear Fork is always the location for this annual event, because this lake just west and south of Mansfield is unquestionably one of the finest muskie lakes in Ohio.
Which lake is actually best? Last year Leesville Lake in southeastern Ohio saw more Huskie Muskies and Honorable Mention muskies caught than Clear Fork, but more total fish were bagged at Clear Fork. Whichever lake is tops, a very good one lies within easy driving distance, and readers who'd like to sock sharp hooks into a truly large fish should make a trip to Clear Fork Reservoir.
I made my first trip to this pretty lake many years ago, spent some time casting a perch finish Creek Chub Pikie around a little bay just east of the marina and landed a dandy muskie. I've been fishing it for these vicious fighters ever since. If you're new to the sport, there are two ways to go at Clear Fork or any other muskie lake, casting and trolling. Many people prefer to cast, and right now is a good time to do it. The fish are still high, loafing in bays, around the islands, and along weed beds, and they're easily accessible to casters.