Central Ohio Fishing Report – April 22nd, 2016
Knox Lake (Knox County, outside Fredericktown) – Knox Lake has a high abundance of largemouth bass that consists of many large fish (61 percent of fish are 15 inches or longer).
It’s recommended to fish structures along the shoreline below the Old Mansfield Road access. The section of lake above the Old Mansfield Road boat ramp is a stump field and can be difficult to navigate; caution is advised in this area.
Shore anglers can access the lake at the marina, dam, the Old Mansfield Road boat ramp on the north side of the lake, and a pull off on Old Mansfield Road located on the south side of the lake.
Boats with motors larger than 9.9 horsepower are restricted to idle only speeds.
Delaware Reservoir (Delaware County) – Delaware is one of the most recognized crappie fisheries in Central Ohio, with a good population of both white and black crappies.
In the spring, the best areas to focus on will be larger coves with brush and wood in the water. Delaware Lake is surrounded by a wildlife area and state park so anglers are able to access the lake in many areas.
Fishing maps provided by DNR Division of Wildlife will show the most popular fishing access. There are three boat ramps on the lake and a marina that has fuel and boat slips.
Delaware is subject to substantial water level fluctuations following rainfall that can affect access and fishing. Be sure to check the Army Corps Of Engineers website after recent rains.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Year in and year out Indian Lake has been one of the best bluegill fisheries in Central Ohio with large fish and high catch rates in comparison to other lakes.
Focusing on the northeast section of the lake known as the game preserve can be beneficial. There are miles of backwater channels and bays that offer great habitat for sunfish.
Shore anglers should start fishing around the Moundwood area.
During late spring and summer try fishing the lily pads for large bluegill.
A map of Indian Lake can be found on the DNR- DOW website showing anglers where boat ramps and shore access exist.
Hoover Reservoir (Franklin County) – Hoover has a large abundance of channel catfish. Flathead catfish are not extremely common here, but there are some present.
Recently the Division of Wildlife has started stocking blue catfish in this lake to create a trophy fishery. While these fish are not trophy size yet they are doing very well and are being caught by anglers.
The reservoir has many access points, but generally the northern portion of the lake is where the best catfishing takes place. The oxbow boat ramp is a popular access for shore fishing in the northern pool of the lake.
Hoover has a 10 horsepower boat restriction. There are five boat ramps on Hoover, but only two of them (Walnut Street and Maxtown) are usable when water level decreases.
Note: Hoover Reservoir provides water for the City of Columbus, causing water levels to decrease tremendously during the summer months.
Indian Lake (Logan County) – Indian Lake has a large population of saugeyes. Anglers seeking saugeyes at Indian Lake need to look for areas that are wind swept with current. Saugeyes will typically be in areas that have riprap or rocky substrate. When the wind and waves are hitting these areas the fishing can be even better. When the wind is blowing, fishing water between islands where a current is forming can be a good place and time to use blade baits.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching largemouth bass in places on Buckeye that are accessible. Crappies are being caught in the Fairfield channel. One shore fishermen who won’t give up his location recently caught a bucketful of crappies and bluegills on straight minnows. The smallest bluegill was eight inches and the crappies were all 11 to 13 inches. Saugeye anglers are fishing the northwest point of Lieb’s Island with some success.
Alum Creek Lake (3,269 acres; Delaware County) – Anglers are reportedly catching crappies in 10-15 feet of water in various spots on this central Ohio lake. The popular presentation has been chartreuse jigs in 1⁄4 to 1⁄8-ounce. Crappies are staging in deep water close to spawning sites. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to harvest. For saugeyes, try minnow imitating crankbaits fished off of points. Some anglers are fishing below the spillway this early spring and catching some fish, including muskies.
Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) – With spring temperatures on the rise, a fair number of anglers are fishing the reservoir for crappies, bass, and catfish. For crappies, you can’t go wrong with a jig and minnow combination or just a minnow under a bobber. Some large catfish have been caught on Hoover already this spring by anglers otherwise fishing for crappies. Try the same tactics – jig and minnow combos or jigs and plastics.
Delaware Lake (1,017 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, fish the old river channel and deep water with woody cover using a jig tipped with a minnow. Use slip bobbers to place the bait over the fish. As water warms this spring, crappies will move to shallower water to spawn. There is a nine-inch minimum length limit on crappies. For channel catfish, target the north end of the lake using cut bait or chicken livers. In late April to mid-May white bass will begin moving up streams to spawn; use spinners and jigs.
Antrim Lake (42 acres; Franklin County) – Antrim Lake, on the north side of Columbus, was stocked with 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout recently. There will be an area for youth fishing only (15 years old and younger). A variety of baits prove successful for these hatchery-raised fish. Try corn, cheese, marshmallows, or prepared baits such as Power Bait. The bag limit is five trout and anglers 16 and older must have a fishing license. No boats are permitted at Antrim Lake.