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Central Ohio Fishing Report – November 8th, 2013

 Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) – Cool water temperatures have fish more active. For crappies, target woody cover in the coves and shallower water; try minnows or jigs suspended under a bobber. Largemouth bass can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastics. Try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. Bluegills are being caught on wax worms and nightcrawlers. White bass are active around Tick Ridge; look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad. Use spinners and jigs.

Scioto River (Delaware, Franklin and Pickaway counties) – Smallmouth bass and saugeyes can be caught using crankbaits and plastics below Griggs and O’Shaughnessy reservoirs. Try fishing the upper end of pools where they meets riffles. Channel catfish can also be caught using cut bait or chicken livers around woody cover in pools.

Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Crappies are starting their fall feed. Fishing coves and around woody cover can be productive. Jigs and minnows suspended by a bobber is a good technique. 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 crankbaits 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.

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. Use wax worms or red worms fished under a bobber. Largemouth bass are also being caught here. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer to keep. The lake contains a nice population of crappies greater than 10 inches. There is a 10-horsepower limit.

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