Central Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015
Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Crappies are starting their feed. Fishing coves and around woody cover can be productive. Jigs and minnows suspended by a bobber is a good technique. Catfish are still being caught in the north end; use shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeyes are starting to get active. Troll spinners and crankbaits 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.
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. Largemouth bass are also being caught here. Largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer to keep. The lake contains a nice population of crappies greater than 10 inches. There is a 10-horsepower limit on lake.
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. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. A large population of channel catfish can be caught on shrimp, prepared baits, and chicken livers.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dreambridge areas. Try using crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Vertical jigging around the bridges is productive for saugeye. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels on waxworms and nightcrawlers. Crappies have moved into channels and coves. Use minnows and jigs around any cover in these areas.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – For hybrid striped bass, try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s point to the north boat ramp at St. Rt. 79. Channel catfish are being taken right now using cut bait on the bottom. For crappies, fish from nine to 13 inches are active; use minnows and jigs around points especially in the east half of the lake. Saugeyes are active at night around points and along the tow path.
O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Largemouth bass are being caught on creature baits and spinnerbaits in the back of coves and in dense schools of shad. Channel catfish can be caught on cut baits, nightcrawlers, and shrimp fished on the bottom. Crappies are also being caught around woody cover using minnows and jigs.