Ohio Fishing Reports

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Aug. 2, 2019

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Fishermen are catching saugeyes and channel catfish in mid-level waters using crankbaits. The catfish have been of the small variety, but the saugeyes have ranged up to a respectable 17 inches. Anglers are employing a semi-fast retrieve on the baits to trigger a strike. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – July 19, 2019

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – The catfish bite continues to go strong. Anglers are utilizing cut shad to catch channels upward of 20 inches. Fish the bait deep for better results. Also, some saugeyes and crappies are being caught by those fishermen trolling crawler harnesses. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are doing quite well…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 7, 2019

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are finding hybrid stripers cooperative at this large, central Ohio canal lake. The best bite actually is coming for fishermen trying to catch catfish using shrimp or chicken livers fished on the bottom. Crappies and saugeyes are also active, according to reports. For a full profile of Buckeye Lake, see…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 10, 2019

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Fishermen are concentrating on docks to catch crappies in good numbers. Some are slow trolling crappie rigs to pick up fish. The crappies are ranging from seven to 12 inches, and many of the smaller ones are being thrown back, according to reports. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are catching smallmouth…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 26, 2019

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers fishing shallow lily pads and boat docks are picking up channel catfish and bluegills. The successful bite is coming on live bait, either nightcrawlers or minnows under a float. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Crappie fishermen are doing OK here by fishing baby-shad-imitating baits. Find any laydown on the…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 12, 2019

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching wipers here by tight-lining chicken livers or shrimp on the bottom, much like you would fish for catfish. For saugeyes, cast a crankbait in perch patterns for the best results. Saugeyes have been ranging up to 20 inches. Anglers are also catching catfish, crappies, and bluegills by fishing…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Jan. 18, 2019

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers fishing the shoreline at the spillway in recent days have been catching muskies of all things. Most muskie catches have been incidental by anglers fishing for saugeyes at the dam. Not much to report on saugeye success. A few crappies are being caught, however. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) —…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 7, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers fishing the main lake are catching crappies and saugeyes. For the saugeyes, which have been in the 15- to 16-inch range, fishermen are using Smithwick Rogues and swimbaits. For the crappies, a jig and minnow combination is working the best. Many anglers are fishing off the marina docks, too, to catch…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 23, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers are casting live nightcrawlers and plastics to catch largemouth bass. Also, others are trolling Flicker Shad to catch white bass and crappies. The largemouth bite is coming in the coves where anglers can find wood. Hoover Reservoir (Franklin, Delaware counties) — Fishermen are trolling Flicker Shad in a variety of patterns…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 9, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers trolling Flicker Shad are picking up saugeyes and even some smallmouth bass that have ranged up to 18 inches. Most of the smallmouths being caught are released. Water temperatures have cooled sufficiently for the crappie bite to turn on as well. Search for them in shallow waters with minnows or waxworms….

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 26, 2018

Central Region O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County) – Jigs worked vertically in shallow water are taking their share of crappies, white bass, and bluegills here. Fish the light jigs in five to 10 feet of water for best results. Some of the crappies here are ranging up to 11 inches. Deer Creek Lake (Pickaway, Fayette counties) – Anglers fishing Bandits are…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 12, 2018

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin Counties) – Minnow rigs trolled slowly are taking their fair share of crappies on this central Ohio waterway. Some of the crappies have been slab size, too, up to 13 inches. The key is to fish the bait in 10 to 12 feet of water and pull the rig slowly, according to angler reports….

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 28, 2018

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin Counties) – Fishermen dunking their baits in seven to 12 feet of water are doing OK catching crappies at this central Ohio reservoir. Despite warm water temperatures, the crappies have yet to go deep, according to angler reports. The best bite is coming for those fishermen trolling live minnows very slowly. Scioto River (various…