Central Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Hargus Creek Lake (132 acres; Pickaway County) – Crappies are active in coves and around woody cover. Use minnows or small jigs under a float. A good number of bluegills and redear sunfish, up to 8 inches, can be caught on waxworms in shallow areas this time of year. A large population of 12- to 15-inch bass inhabits this lake with fish more than 20 inches present. Largemouth bass can be caught on crankbaits, plastic tubes, and creature baits. Electric motors only.
Indian Lake (5,040 acres; Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught in good numbers. Try casting or trolling small crankbaits just above the bottom, or jigging suspending baits. Try fishing near the bridge and other openings especially if wind is pushing water through the opening. Many bass are in the 12- to 18-inch range and are in shallow water. Fish the canals and lily pads for the best results. Crappies are spawning now. Try minnows and jigs fished in the lily pads. Channel catfish catches should increase as the water warms.
Kokosing River (Knox County) – Ohio’s first water trail, this scenic river in Knox County offers paddlers and anglers access to 28 miles of river fishing. Smallmouth bass and rock bass can be caught on small crankbaits, tubes, and jigs. Sunfish, crappies, and catfish are present and offer good fishing.
Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Crappie fishing is slowing down as fish move to deeper water. Saugeyes are becoming more active as the summer pattern starts to set up. Trolling worm harnesses and crankbaits along the middle and lower basins’ east shore can be productive. Bluegills are active now in shallower areas, flats, and the back of coves. Try waxworms or nightcrawlers suspended by a bobber. Channel catfish are becoming active again. Fish the north basin and cove openings using shrimp, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers. There is a 10-horsepower limit at this reservoir.