Central Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015
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. For saugeyes, troll crankbaits and worm harnesses just off the bottom in the evening for best results.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeye 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 saugeye. 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.
Kokosing Lake (Knox County) – This lake of 149 acres in Knox County is limited to outboard motors of 10 horsepower or less. Largemouth bass are being caught around shoreline cover and along the dam using spinner baits and tubes. Bluegills are in shallow areas; try waxworms or nightcrawlers under a bobber. As water temperatures decrease, crappies will move to shallower water. Use minnows or crappie jigs fished under a slip bobber around cover or the old creek channel for best results. Channel catfish can be caught on chicken livers, shrimp, or nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.
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 spinner baits, crankbaits, and plastics. Try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. Bluegills are being caught on waxworms and nightcrawlers. White bass are active around Tick Ridge; look for fish breaking the water surface as they chase gizzard shad. Use spinners and jigs.
Scioto River (Delaware, Franklin, and Pickaway counties) – Smallmouth bass and saugeyes can be caught using crankbaits and plastics below Griggs and O’Shaughnessy reservoirs. Try fishing the upper end of pools where they meet riffles. Channel catfish can also be caught using cut bait or chicken livers around woody cover in pools.