Central Ohio Fishing Report - February 15th, 2013
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties)
Buckeye is exhibiting “punky” ice as of Feb. 5, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. “I’d be gun shy about it just about anywhere,” Mathie said. Some anglers have been doing well in open-water areas where dock aerators keep the water open, Mathie reports. Saugeyes have been reported in the 18-20-inch range with some up to 24 inches. The popular bait this winter has been Rattling Rogues. “The Rogues have been hotter than the X-raps for some reason this winter,” Mathie notes. If we get a warm up, which is expected in the next week, Mathie said channel catfish will be the first to bite. Anglers should try for them with cut shad.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992
Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties)
Anglers fishing the spillway have had spotty success for saugeyes and crappies at Deer Creek Lake. The popular set ups, as always, have been jig and minnow combinations and jerkbaits.
Mary’s Bait Shop, 740-869-3597
Clendening Lake (Harrison County)
If you can access the lake, the saugeye bite is decent at Clendening with fish being taken in the 16-18-inch range. Successful anglers are vertical jigging off bridges, bouncing their jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers off the bottom.
Division of Wildlife, www.wildohio.com