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Central Ohio Fishing Report – October 26th, 2012

Delaware Lake (Delaware County)

Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows or jigs fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are being caught around woody cover and in areas of high gizzard shad concentrations. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers; try the north end.

Madison Lake (Madison County)

Crappies are the target fish in this 104-acre lake west of Columbus. Use minnows and a bobber around woody cover, especially in the northern half of the lake to catch fish over 9 inches and up to 13 inches. Catfish are also being caught on shrimp, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Electric motors only. 

Deer Creek Lake (Pickaway County)

As water temperatures cool fish will become more active. For crappies, target woody cover in the creek channel and move to shallower water as temperatures cool. Try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on buzzbaits, crankbaits and plastics. Fish shoreline cover and in schools of shad. White bass are active around Tick Ridge; look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad. Try using spinners and jigs.

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