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Central Ohio Fishing Report - December 21st, 2012

Posted on December 20, 2012

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties)

Lake levels are at normal winter pool. Anglers might try any of the creeks running into the lake, particularly the south fork of the Licking River, for saugeyes at this time of year. Duck and goose hunters might try the west end of the lake, where larger rafts of waterfowl usually keep a portion of the lake open.
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)

Anglers are catching crappies and white bass in the deeper parts of the lake south of the Cheshire Road bridge. Try fishing a jig and minnow combination in about 20 feet of water. Jigs in the 1⁄8- to ¼-ounce size is working best.
Division of Wildlife, www.wildohio.com

Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties)

Some saugeyes are being caught at the spillway, though the bite is reported on one day and off the next. Try 1⁄8- to ¼-ounce jigs dressed with a pink or yellow tail. Saugeyes have ranged from 9 to 15 inches. You might also try spinnerbaits to pick up a few wary saugeyes.
Mary’s Bait Shop, 740-869-3597

Knox Lake (Knox County)

Anglers fishing from the shore are catching good numbers of crappies in the 6- to 12-inch range on jig and minnow combos fished under a bobber. Other anglers are having success using nightcrawlers under a bobber. Some largemouth bass and catfish have also been in the mixed catch.
Division of Wildlife, www.wildohio.com