Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – Crappie: are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass: are feeding for winter, follow the bait fish and target backs of coves. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. Channel catfish: can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers. Fish the far north end of the lake.
Kokosing Lake (154 acres; Knox County) – Largemouth bass: are being caught around shoreline cover, along the dam, and where the bait fish are located using spinnerbaits and tubes. Bluegill: Fish in shallow areas; try waxworms or nightcrawlers under a bobber. Crappie: As water temperatures decrease, crappie will move to shallower water. Use minnows or crappie jigs fished under a slip bobber around cover or the old creek channel for best results. Channel catfish: can be caught on chicken livers, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.
Hoover Reservoir (2818 acres; Delaware and Franklin counties) – Channel catfish: are still being caught in the north end. Try using shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeye: are starting to get active. Troll spinners and worm harnesses 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. Largemouth bass: Target the backs of coves and where baitfish are concentrated using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and creature baits.