Central Ohio Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass. Try plastics, topwater baits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies will become more active as the water cools this fall. Fish with minnows in the old creek channel, around woody cover, or dip baits in the lily pads. Bluegills are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using wax worms.

Kokosing River (Knox County) – Part of Ohio’s first water trail, this stream provides a good day on the water catching smallmouth bass and rock bass. Smallmouth bass are active around cover in pools and runs. Use small tubes or crankbaits in crawfish or shiner patterns around woody cover and boulders. Rock bass can be caught in the same areas and using the same baits as smallmouth bass. Channel catfish can be caught in deep pools using shrimp, nightcrawlers, and prepared baits.

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Smallmouth bass can be caught in this lake north of Columbus. Using crankbaits and spinnerbaits, target the main- and secondary lake points where rip-rap or hard bottom are present. White bass are being caught on inline spinners and blade baits; look for dense areas of gizzard shad on the surface.  Crappies are being found around wood in 10-15 feet of water; use jigs or minnows. Crappies will move into shallower water as temperatures decrease this fall. Muskies can provide good action this time of year; troll crankbaits along the points and dam.   

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) – Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster.  Use cut shad, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished in the east or south ends for best results. Bluegills are providing some action around cover in the east end of the lake; use wax worms or red worms fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass are also being caught on spinnerbaits and must be 15 inches or longer to keep. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the lake.

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