Central Ohio Fishing Report – January 3rd, 2014
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Buckeye has been shifting back and forth between skim ice and open water. When there has been open water, anglers have been catching crappies in the 11- to 12-inch range on small jigs or minnows under a bobber. The bluegill bite is typically a good wintertime bet at Buckeye, but there haven’t been many reports of anglers fishing for them.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992
Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Given open water, anglers have been catching bass, bluegill, crappies, and saugeyes at this 3,272-acre central Ohio reservoir. Successful anglers are throwing light jigs, 1⁄8- to 1⁄16- ounce, with tubes in a variety of colors. Try the dam or near the Smothers Road bridge in the morning hours.
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – A few saugeyes are being caught below the spillway by anglers casting suspending jerk baits, such as Husky Jerks and Rogues. Good colors are blue chrome and clown. A slow retrieve is proving the best presentation right now. Anglers are also reporting catching more fish after dark.
Division of Wildlife, www.wildohio.com
Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – Fishing pressure has been light, the water is low, and the bite is slow. A few saugeyes are being reported caught below the spillway. A few anglers have reported catching channel catfish on cut baits as well.
Mary’s Bait Shop, 740-869-3597
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Before heavy rains the weekend of Dec. 21 blew out most of the ice, anglers were drilling through three or more inches at Long Island. Fishermen are reporting catching mostly bluegills and crappies with some largemouth bass in the mix. Saugeyes reportedly have been hard to come by.
Lakeside Pro Bass Shop, 937-843-2488