Central Region

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – This 361-acre reservoir in
Columbus provides good fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth
bass, bluegills, crappie and carp. Target smallmouth bass
downstream of the dam in the Scioto River and in the reservoir. Use
small crankbaits, creature baits and tubes along secondary lake
points around rocks and other cover. Big carp are also abundant in
this reservoir. Crappies can be caught using minnows or jigs fished
around woody cover. For bluegills and other sunfish, try night
crawlers.

Licking River (Licking County) – This river east of Columbus
provides fishing opportunities for flathead catfish, channel
catfish, carp and smallmouth. Use live bait for flathead catfish in
pools around woody cover. Cut bait and night crawlers fished on the
bottom can be effective for catching channel catfish. Carp can be
caught throughout the river using prepared baits. For smallmouth
bass use jigs, baits that imitate crawfish, or tube baits, fish
areas with moving water around rocks and other cover.

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