At the mouth of the river the Marietta Pool (the Devola Tailwater) covers 5.8 miles in Washington County. The channel-cat fishing in this pool is excellent, with fish averaging 12 to 13 inches and ranging up to 20 inches. Try fishing the main river channel near sand and gravel bars. This is also one of the best sections for finding flatheads. The water just below the tailwaters should be particularly good this month and next. Expect flatheads to average 12 to 18 inches with a good chance of latching onto the occasional 30-inch specimen. Live sunfish or chubs are the best flathead bait. Upriver, the next top-rated pool is the Devola Pool (Lowell Tailwater), also in Washington County. The Devola Pool is 8.4 miles long. Use the same tactics described above (Marietta Pool) to catch fish in Devola pool. Anglers can expect channels and flatheads of the same size as those found in the Marietta pool. The Beverly Pool (Luke Chute Tailwater) is another excellent bet for channel cats and flatheads. Flowing for nine miles in Washington and Morgan counties, the Beverly Pool features channels measuring up to 20 inches and flatheads up to 30 inches. In Muskingum County, the Philo Pool (Y-Bridge Area) is noted for its excellent catfishing, especially flatheads. Flatheads should average 12 18 inches while channel cats will be about 13 inches. The pool is 10.9 miles long, but most anglers concentrate on the deeper pools near the Y-Bridge area. Also in Muskingum County, the Licking River Pool (Dillon Tailwaters) features excellent flathead and channel catfishing. Concentrate on the deeper pools, especially those with wood cover, such as logjams. The last top-rated pool is the Zanesville Pool (Ellis Tailwaters). Covering 9.1 miles, the Zanesville Pool flows through Muskingum County. The flathead fishing is particularly good here, with fish averaging 12 to 18 inches and ranging up to 30 inches. The best section within the pool is just below the tailwaters. Focus on the deeper holes downstream of moderate to fast currents. State Route 60 follows most of the Muskingum River and provides access to the locks and dams, which provide shoreline opportunities for fishermen. State Route 60 briefly leaves the rivers edge bypassing Stockport. This section may be accessed by state Route 376, which branches off from state Route 60. Additionally, the uppermost sections of the river may be reached via state Route 666, which follows the river.