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Central Ohio Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, 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 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) –  The best places to find largemouth bass are around shoreline cover and secondary lake points. Bass are being caught on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, 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. Saugeyes 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 are also producing results. There is a 10-horsepower limit at this lake.

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) –  Anglers are trolling Flicker Shads and stick baits on the north end of the lake and picking up some saugeyes. Fish have been in anywhere from five to 10 feet of water. Some catfish are also in the mix. Fishermen are also concentrating efforts at Seller’s Point and Lieb’s Island and picking up some saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills.

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Indian Lake (Logan County) — Saugeye anglers are finding fish near Chippewa by trolling Flicker Shad in a variety of patterns. Most of the saugeyes have been between 15 and 20 inches. Concentrate efforts in shallower water, between five and 10 feet deep, anglers report.

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, top-water baits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies become more active as the water cools; try using minnows in the old creek channel or around woody cover. For bluegills, fish aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms for good results. Fly fishing for bluegills is a good way to learn this fishing technique.

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