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Central Ohio Fishing Report – September 27th, 2013

Knox Lake (Knox County) – Largemouth bass are being caught at this 481-acre lake in Knox County. Target shoreline cover and the stump field in the east end of the lake using spinnerbaits, plastics, and crankbaits. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish are biting on prepared baits and nightcrawlers; night is the best time. The crappie bite will increase as water temperatures decrease; use minnows and jigs around woody cover. Outboard motors greater than 10 horsepower must move at idle speeds with no wake.

Olentangy River (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Smallmouth bass and rock bass are two fish species that provide action to the angler on this river, which runs through Columbus. The best angling can be found from Highbanks Metropark to the Delaware Lake dam. Try spinners and crayfish-imitating crankbaits around rocks and other cover in pools and runs. Other fish present include crappies, saugeyes, carp, and channel catfish.

Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Catfish are still being caught in the north end. Use shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeyes are starting to get active. Troll spinners and worm harnesses along points and across flats leading to deeper water. Keep the baits very close to the bottom; early morning and evening bites can be good. Crappies will move back to shallower water as the water temperatures decrease. Start fishing baits deep and work your way shallower where wood is present. Minnows are very effective this time of year.

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) – Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught in this reservoir in Columbus. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or plastic tubes. Smallmouth bass are becoming active along rock outcrops, north of the island and below the dam. Use crankbaits in a crayfish pattern and spinners. Crappies will increase their feeding as water temperatures fall. Target submerged wood using minnows or jigs suspended by a float.

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