Central Ohio Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013
Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) – This 1,287-acre lake southwest of Columbus provides good largemouth bass and crappie fishing. Fish shoreline cover and riprap for largemouth bass. Throwing creature baits, tubes, and crankbaits is popular. When crappie fishing, use a minnow suspended under a bobber around wood for best results. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish are being caught using cut shad, shrimp, or catfish baits.
O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Saugeyes can be caught using trolling worm harnesses and small crankbaits in the south end of the reservoir. Try fishing the flats at dawn and dusk for good results. Bluegills are being caught in the north end and on shallow flats of the lake using wax worms and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass are being found lakewide around shoreline cover. Also fish secondary points and riprap areas. Try crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and tube baits in morning and evening for best results.Crappies have moved to deeper water; target drop-offs into the old river channel.
Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are the most popular gamefish in this lake. Fishing with tubes, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits 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 nine to 10 feet of water next to woody cover. Channel catfish are being caught lakewide using cut shad and shrimp.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – The best fishing action has been early in the morning and in the evening. For saugeyes, try trolling with a Rat-L-Trap or Shad-Rap. Anglers are reporting slow fishing from the shore. Bluegills have moved off of the banks and are hitting around rocks and docks. Catfish are biting on chicken livers, shrimp, cut shad, and nightcrawlers