Central Ohio Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware)
Saugeyes are biting on worm harnesses and crankbaits fished close to the bottom. Muskie are being caught around shoreline cover and off of main lake points. Largemouth bass are being caught using creature baits, tubes and crankbaits along shoreline cover. Crappies are moving to deeper water as water temperatures increase. Fish the mouths of coves with a minnow or jig suspended by a bobber; slip bobbers work best. Channel catfish are biting on cut baits and chicken livers.
Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield and Perry Counties)
It’s a good month to catch largemouth bass, 15-inch minimum length limit. Use plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits around shoreline cover and standing trees. Crappies are beginning to move to deeper water; look for cover in 4 to 10 feet of water. Minnows or jigs and a slip bobber work best. Carp can be caught on doughballs. There is a good channel catfish population here; try fishing with cut baits, shrimp, or chicken liver. 10-horsepower limit.
Buckeye Lake (Licking, Fairfield, and Perry counties)
Buckeye Lake was host to the second annual carp fishing tournament recently. Carp catch rates were very good with most fish weighing in the 9-pound range; biggest fish was nearly 21 pounds. These feisty fish can be caught on prepared doughballs or plain old canned sweet corn; fish in canals and around lily pads for best results. Carp anglers also reported very high catch rates of channel catfish during the two-day tournament. Try fishing cut bait or chicken liver in similar areas you would fish for carp.
Scioto River (Franklin County)
The Scioto River in Franklin County cannot be beat when it comes to smallmouth bass fishing. These high-flying fish can be caught in great numbers below O'Shaughnessy and Griggs reservoirs and even downtown Columbus. Focus your efforts on areas with current and wood or large rocks. Good baits are small Twisters on a jig, tube baits and crankbaits. Early morning is the best time to try top-water baits like buzzbaits or poppers. The Scioto also contains a great population of rock bass. Try small tubes and inline spinner baits around rocks for these aggressive sunfish.