Central Ohio Fishing Report – August 2nd, 2013
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking and Perry Counties) – Channel catfish are being caught around Lieb’s Island and Fairfield Beach areas. Use cut shad or shrimp. Largemouth bass are being caught along cover. Target vegetation, points, and riprap using spinner baits, crankbaits, and plastics. Hybrid striped bass can be caught using spinners or drifting chicken livers between Seller’s point and the north ramp.
Hargus Creek Lake (Pickaway County) – A large population of largemouth bass measuring 8-12 inches, with some larger, can be found at this lake of 146 acres near Circleville. Fish main lake points, secondary points with rip rap, and drop-offs using crankbaits, spinner baits, and tubes. A fair population of 6-7-inch bluegills and redear sunfish can be caught using nightcrawlers suspended by a bobber. For a change, try fishing crickets or use a fly rod and present floating spiders or poppers for bluegills. Electric motors only.
Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – This 361-acre reservoir in Columbus provides good fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegills, crappies, and carp. Target smallmouth bass downstream of the dam in the Scioto River and in the reservoir around rocky cover. 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 in the reservoir using minnows or jigs fished around woody cover. For bluegills and other sunfish, try nightcrawlers.
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 nightcrawlers 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.