Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – If you can find any water depth, you can still fish this central Ohio lake, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply in Newark. Anglers fishing the points off Fairfield Beach are catching saugeyes and crappies on jig and minnow combinations. The crossover from the boat ramps to Millersport should hold a little bit of water right now, and Mathie recommends fishing this spot for saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.
Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992
Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – This 1,017-acre lake north of Columbus consistently provides quality crappie fishing. Crappies move to deeper areas with cover as the water temperature warms. Try fishing drop-offs with stumps or other wood. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish can be caught using cut baits and shrimp, especially in the upper part of the lake. For largemouth bass, fish shoreline cover, riprap, and secondary drop-offs with crankbaits, tubes, and creature baits.
O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Crappies are very active in the north end of the lake. Target submerged cover with minnows suspended under a bobber. Fish shoreline cover throughout the lake with small worms and larval baits suspended beneath a bobber when seeking bluegills. Areas along the west shoreline that have fallen trees and brush piles are good places to fish for largemouth bass. Try a variety of creature baits, lizards, and tubes for best results. Channel catfish can be taken in the upper section of the reservoir. Use cut baits, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.