Buckeye Lake ( Fairfield , Licking, and Perry counties) – As water temperatures fall, hybrid striped bass will feed more actively. 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 taken right now using cut bait and chicken livers on the bottom. Crappies from 9 to 13 inches are active; use minnows and jigs around points, especially in the eastern half of the lake. Saugeyes will begin feeding more as water temperatures decrease. Troll or jig close to the bottom for best results.
Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these fish in the boat. Crappies must be 9 inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, cut baits, and chicken livers.
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – As water temperatures decrease the crappie bite has increased. Use jigs and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six feet or less in coves. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. The fall saugeye bite will start after the water temperature falls closer to 60 degrees. Troll crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening for best results.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes should start to be caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas as water temperatures decrease. Try using crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Vertical jigging around the bridges is also productive for saugeyes. Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the canals around cover with buzzbaits and tubes. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels on wax worms and nightcrawlers. Crappies are moving into channels, coves, and any remaining lily pads. Use minnows and jigs around any cover in these areas.