Central Ohio Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013
Deer Creek Lake (Fayette, Madison, and Pickaway counties) – Crappies are providing the action at Deer Creek right now as we wait for the saugeye fishing to pick up later this month. Fish woody structures using a jig or minnow suspended by a bobber. Remember, at this lake crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Baitfish abound right now, creating a challenge to anglers. Channel catfish are being caught in the upper end of the lake using cut bait in the evenings.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught along south bank, and around the Moundwood and Dream Bridge areas. Try crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom; jigging has also been effective. Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the canals around cover; try spinnerbaits, tubes, and crankbaits. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels; use wax worms, nightcrawlers or crickets. Try fishing the lily pads for crappies. Use a minnow or jig and fish openings in the lily pads.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry Counties) – As water temperatures start to cool, hybrid striped bass will become more active. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s point to the north boat ramp at State Route 79. Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait on the bottom. Crappies from 10 to 13 inches are becoming active; use minnows and jigs around points, especially in the east half of the lake. Bluegills are hanging close to lily pads and other shoreline cover; use small pieces of nightcrawler or maggots to catch these fish.