Central Ohio Fishing Report – August 15th, 2014
Big Darby Creek (Franklin, Madison, and Pickaway counties) – In summer weather, creeks and rivers can provide fishing action. Smallmouth bass: Casting small crankbaits or plastics resembling crayfish or shiners can be rewarding. Target boulders, shoreline cover, where pools meet riffles, and current eddies. Rock bass: Can be caught using the same techniques as smallmouth bass. Other gamefish present are bluegill, carp, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, saugeye, and sauger.
Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) – This lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass: (good population of largemouth bass) try plastics, topwater baits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappie: become more active as the water cools this fall; try using minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover. Bluegill: Fish aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms for good results. Fly fishing for bluegill is a good way to learn this fishing technique.
Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – Crappie: Use jigs and minnows around woody cover and target water depths of eight-to-15 feet. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish: are plentiful in this lake. Try using cut bait and shrimp fished on the bottom at night for the best success. Largemouth bass: Fish are being caught around cover and on lake points. Use spinner baits and plastics for the best results. Most fish are around 12 inches in length.
Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) – Largemouth bass: The best places to find fish are around shoreline cover and secondary lake points. Bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinner baits, and plastics. Channel catfish: can be caught using shrimp and cut bait. Target the flats in the north basin at night for the best results. Saugeye: are being caught on the breaks of points in six-to-15 feet of water, mostly at dawn and dusk. Trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses very close to the bottom is also producing results. There is a 10-horsepower limit at this lake.