Central Ohio Fishing Report – May 9th, 2014
Knox Lake (469 acres; Knox County) – Largemouth bass: Areas of woody shoreline cover are good locations to fish for largemouth bass this time of year. Try dark-colored creature baits and jig-and-pigs fished shallow for the best results. Most of these fish measure 12 to 18 inches. There is an 18-inch minimum to keep largemouth at this lake. Crappie: Use jigs and minnows in brushy areas for crappies. Crappies will be moving shallow as the temperatures warm. Channel catfish: Use cut bait, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers fished along the bottom. Some channel catfish weigh up to 10 pounds. Boats greater than 10 horsepower must travel at no wake speeds.
Rush Creek Lake (289 acres; Fairfield County) – Fish this small, secluded lake northeast of Lancaster for crappies, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Crappies: are located around woody structure. Try using minnows suspended under a bobber or crappie jigs for the best success. As water temperatures warm, fish will move into shallower water. Largemouth bass: can be caught using creature and tube baits around woody structure. Channel catfish: Fish the east end of the lake around woody cover using nightcrawlers and cut bait for the best results. Outboard motors are limited to 10 horsepower or less.
Deer Creek Lake (1,290 acres; Fayette, Madison, and Pickaway counties) – White bass: In the creek above the lake, use small jigs and twisters or small rooster tails when seeking white bass. Most of these fish will measure eight to 12 inches. The spawning run should start soon and offers great fishing. Crappie: can be caught around submerged woody cover using minnows suspended under a bobber. Crappie must be nine inches long or longer to keep. Channel catfish: can be taken on chicken livers, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and cut shad.
Madison Lake (98 acres; Madison County) – Crappie: Use jigs or minnows suspended by a bobber around wood to catch a mess of these tasty fish. Fish will move north and shallower as the water warms. Many fish are over 10 inches with some 13 inches long. Channel catfish: are also plentiful in this lake. Fish cut bait around wood, and target the creek mouth after a rain event. Only electric motors are allowed.