Deer Creek Lake (1290 acres; Fayette and Pickaway counties) – Cool water temperatures have fish more active. Crappie: 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. White bass: are active around Tick Ridge. Look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad using spinners and jigs.
Rush Creek Lake (289 acres; 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. Bluegill: are providing some action around cover in the east end. Use waxworms or red worms fished under a bobber. Crappie: action is picking up. Use minnows or jigs suspended by a bobber around woody cover. There is a 10-horsepower limit on the lake.
Alum Creek Lake (3269 acres; Delaware County) – Crappie: As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Fish the mouths of coves and target woody cover using minnows or jigs suspended from a float. Smallmouth bass: are being caught off of points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin; follow the shad. Use tubes and crankbaits for good results. Saugeye: The fall saugeye bite will start after the water temperature falls closer to 60 degrees. Troll crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening for best results.
Kiser Lake (394 acres; Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. Largemouth bass: The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, light colored spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the lily pads or in cover on the north side of the lake. Crappie: will become more active as the water cools this fall. Fishing with minnows in the old creek channel, along the lily pads, or around woody cover is best. Bluegill: are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms and red worms.