Central Region

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – As of
March 4, Buckeye Lake’s waters were rising and were near summer
pool level, reports Bob Mathie of Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark.
Ice fishing is probably finished for the season. However, as soon
as the last bit of ice comes off, Mathie suggests fishing for
crappies under dead pad fields at Copper Penny channel or Thorn
Port at the east end of the lake. Good size crappies, 10 to 12
inches, will hang up under the pads at the first sign of open water
in the spring, Mathie reports. The channel catfish bite should be
good in those same spots. Use cut shad, the fresher the better,
Mathie suggests. For saugeyes, target the point off Fairfield Beach
with jigs and minnows or floating jigs.

Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992 

Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – The last
week of February and into early March produced good fishing in the
spillway below Deer Creek Lake, reports Jack McKirgan at Mary’s
Bait Shop in Washington Court House. One angler caught an
113/4-pound flathead, McKirgan reports. Other anglers have been
catching saugeyes and even some decent size white bass. The main
lake was near flood stage as of this report on March 4, which will
likely shut down spillway fishing for the time being, McKirgan
said.

Mary’s Bait Shop, 740-869-3597

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