Central Ohio Fishing Report – February 28th, 2014
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – As of Feb. 19, Buckeye still had fishable ice, but that could change quickly with a warming trend expected. Anglers fishing through the ice have been catching saugeyes off the marsh area near Fairfield Beach, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Successful anglers are catching them in seven-nine feet of water by employing minnows under an ice bobber or on tip-ups rigged with minnows. One angler recently caught a 7-pound saugeye at Fairfield, Mathie reports. Fish have ranged anywhere from 14 inches up to 25 inches. Crappies in the 10- to 12-inch range are also being reported in the same places as the saugeyes. If this week’s warm temperatures blows the ice off, look for channel cats, bluegills, and crappies to turn on in shallow water, Mathie says. Search out areas with lily pads and fish minnows just about six inches deep. Saugeye fishing should also be good in open water at the North Shore ramp come ice-off.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992
Knox Lake (Knox County) – Ice is reportedly up to seven inches thick on this central Ohio lake known for its bass population. Anglers are indeed catching a few largemouths through the ice, but more common are crappies. The typical ice jig and maggot, waxworm, or minnow combination is working best.