Ohio Fishing Reports

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 15, 2017

Central Region O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Anglers are fishing for saugeyes with a little bit of success here. The best bite has been for anglers slow trolling crankbaits. The crappie bite has been better with some 10- to 14-inch fish being reported. The crappies are being caught by the trollers. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – The topwater bite…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 1, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are fishing for bass with some success. Try a Jitterbug or Popper bait in the early evening hours. For saugeyes, fishermen are throwing crankbaits at them. Catfish, too, are always an option here. Fish nightcrawlers with weight on or near the bottom for the best bite. Alum Creek Lake…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 18, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Fish a crankbait for the best saugeye bite right now. Target the rocks at Fairfield Beach or Lieb’s Island. The saugeye bite is reportedly a tough one right now, however. Might try fishing for catfish or crappies. For catfish, try cut bait such as bluegills fished on the bottom. A jig…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 4, 2017

Central Region Indian Lake (Logan County) – The saugeye bite is picking up again at Indian Lake if you can stand fishing in a crowd. Flicker Shads and other crankbaits seem to be the hot ticket right now for the successful saugeye bite. Troll the baits at a slow speed. Fish are ranging from 16 to 20 inches. Some crappies…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 21, 2017

Central Region Indian Lake (Logan County) – The saugeye bite has slowed a little on this popular Logan County lake but fish are still being caught. Successful anglers are trolling Flicker Shads in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sizes range from 10 to 20 inches for the saugeyes. Some channel catfish are still being caught. Fish deep for the…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 7, 2017

Central Region Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught by anglers employing Husky Jerks and other similar baits. Look for rocky areas for the best saugeye bite, anglers report. Anglers are catching limits of fish, some up to 25 inches. Some channel catfish and crappies are also getting into the mix. Fish deep for the catfish using nightcrawlers…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 23, 2017

Central Region Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – Largemouth bass are hitting right now; try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along riprap and cover for the best results. Crappies are still being found in shallow water around woody cover. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber fished right in the cover. Carp can be caught on prepared baits and…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — June 9, 2017

Central Region Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) – Crappies are active in coves and around woody cover. Use minnows or small jigs under a float. A good number of bluegills and redear sunfish, up to eight inches, can be caught on waxworms in shallow areas this time of year. A large population of 12- to 15-inch bass inhabit this lake…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 26, 2017

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Fishing jigs and minnows suspended by a float around woody cover in the upper end of the lake and in coves is a good way to catch crappies. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. For white bass, use minnows, jigs, and small spinners in the upper end of the…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — May 12, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are still fishing this popular central Ohio reservoir even though water levels have been reduced. Some saugeyes and crappies are being caught on small jigs at Fairfield Beach. A few largemouth bass are being taken at the marsh. Saugeye anglers might try trolling blade baits or crankbaits off the marsh…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 28, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching largemouth bass in places on Buckeye that are accessible. Crappies are being caught in the Fairfield channel. One shore fishermen who won’t give up his location recently caught a bucketful of crappies and bluegills on straight minnows. The smallest bluegill was eight inches and the crappies were all…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 14, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching open water saugeyes at the North Bank ramp. Successful fishermen are using jig and minnow combinations, Swedish Pimples, or blade baits. At Thornport, anglers are catching small crappies and yellow perch. Fish are shallow, with successful anglers fishing just about six inches deep. Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 31, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching open water saugeyes at the North Bank ramp. Successful fishermen are using jig and minnow combinations, Swedish Pimples, or blade baits. At Thornport, anglers are catching small crappies and yellow perch. Fish are shallow, with successful anglers fishing just about six inches deep. Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 17, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers fishing near the north shore ramp have been catching saugeyes, but nothing of size to report. Expect the channel catfish bite to pick up with fish in the 4-pound range or better. Use cut shad for the best bite. Thornport, Lieb’s Island, and Fairfield Beach will all be good places…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 3, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Expect the early spring crappie bite to turn on soon, particularly in the Thornport area. Fish for them six inches deep with 1⁄64- to 1⁄80-ounce jigs suspended under a bobber. Anglers might also try the north shore ramp, Fairfield Beach, or Seller’s Point for saugeyes. Some saugeyes have been caught…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Central Region Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – Saugeye is about the only game in town for anglers on Deer Creek at this time of year. Most catches have been in the 14-19-inch range coming on twister tails and jig heads. Some are tipping the set with minnows. Experienced anglers on Deer Creek are targeting the dam area….

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017

Editor’s note: Much of the state experienced milder than normal temperatures for the second week of January, resulting in most if not all of the state’s lakes opening back up to open water. This fishing report reflects those conditions, where temperatures in the 40s and 50s were the norm across the state. Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 20, 2017

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Some anglers had ventured out onto the ice early in January and were catching some crappies in four to eight feet of water. Most of the hardwater action was taking place north of U.S. 36. Ice thickness is anywhere from three to five inches, according to angler reports. Indian Lake (Logan County)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – January 6th, 2017

Editor’s note: This fishing report was compiled around the Christmas holiday when much of Ohio experienced unseasonably warm temperatures, allowing for a short window of open-water fishing, primarily on the spillways of Ohio’s larger reservoirs. Prior to this period, most inland lakes and the western basin of Lake Erie was making ice, but it has mostly been thin sheets, unstable…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 16th, 2016

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Use a jig and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six feet or less in coves. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. For saugeyes, troll crankbaits…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 2nd, 2016

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Use a jig and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six feet or less in coves. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. For saugeyes, troll crankbaits…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin counties) – Crappies are starting their feed. Fishing coves and around woody cover can be productive. Jigs and minnows suspended by a bobber is a good technique. Catfish are still being caught in the north end; use shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeyes are starting to get active. Troll spinners…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 4th, 2016

Central Region Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) – Cool water temperatures have fish more active. For crappies, target woody cover in the coves and shallower water; try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastics. Try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. Bluegills are being caught on waxworms…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 21st, 2016

Central Region Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. A…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 7th, 2016

Central Region Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are feeding for winter; follow the bait fish and target backs of coves. Use creature baits…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 23rd, 2016

Central Region Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas. Try crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Largemouth bass anglers are catching fish in the canals around cover; try spinnerbaits, tubes, and crankbaits. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels using waxworms, nightcrawlers, or…