Central Region

Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are the most popular
game fish in this lake. Fishing with tubes, crankbaits, and spinner
baits around shoreline cover can be very productive this time of
year. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to keep. Crappies
are still being caught in 9 to 10 feet of water in the old creek
channel and next to deep wood. Channel catfish are being caught
using cut shad and shrimp.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties) – Channel
catfish are being caught around Lieb’s Island and Fairfield Beach
areas. Fishing with cut shad and shrimp on the bottom is catching
the most fish. Largemouth bass are being caught along cover. Target
vegetation, points and riprap using spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and
plastics. Hybrid striped bass can be caught using spinners or
drifting chicken livers between Seller’s point and the north
ramp.

Oakthorpe Lake (Fairfield County) – This 41-acre lake in
Fairfield County provides good largemouth bass fishing. Try
plastics and spinnerbaits around shoreline cover and the lily pads
on the north side of this overlooked lake. Crappies can be taken
from the deep water on the west bank with a minnow suspended by a
bobber; look for areas with submerged timber. Carp can also give
anglers a fight here; try doughballs and nightcrawlers. Bluegills
can be caught around lily pads. Use small worms, crickets, or
insect larvae to catch these fish. One thousand channel catfish
were stocked in 2006. Electric motors only.

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