Central Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015
Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, cut baits, and chicken livers.
Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Use a jig and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six feet or less in coves. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. 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.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes should start to be caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream Bridge areas as water temperatures decrease. Try using crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Vertical jigging around the bridges is also productive for saugeyes. Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the canals around cover with buzz baits and tubes. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels on waxworms and nightcrawlers. Crappies are moving into channels, coves, and any remaining lily pads. Use minnows and jigs around any cover in these areas.
Deer Creek Lake (Fayette and Pickaway counties) – Cool water temperatures have fish more active. For crappies, 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 (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. Bluegills 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.
Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. 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. Crappies 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. Bluegills are also being taken around aquatic vegetation and cover using waxworms and red worms.