Photo captions Atwood Lake, Atwood Lake Resort and Zoar Village
It might be a tough summer for local fishermen. Gas is predicted to hit $4 a gallon, and that's going to just about eliminate chances for most of us to head for South Dakota, Santee Cooper, or the Texas coast. It'll be close to home or not at all, and if that's your situation, I've a recommendation head for Atwood Lake in southeast Ohio.
Atwood is a 12,549-acre lake not far east of New Philadelphia and just off Ohio 212. It belongs to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, a lake that was once upon a time mediocre for fishing of any kind. But in the last 10 years or so it's improved tremendously and now is one of the top saugeye waters in the state, thanks to repeated stocking by the Division of Wildlife.
I'm just back from Atwood, staying as I usually do at the newly renovated Atwood Lake Resort there. The resort has everything from indoor and outdoor pools to a good restaurant, bar, golf course and more. But there are also cottages here and a nice campground. The lake has two marinas with rental boats and launch ramps, and when I go it's usually to fish for saugeye. There are several ways to do it in spring and early summer.