Ohio Fishing Reports

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…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 14, 2018

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin Counties) – Fishermen are doing OK on crappies here by slow trolling. The recommended depth is to fish the bait in eight to 10 feet of water. Anglers report the fish have been holding closer to shallow water this summer. Channel catfish, too, can be caught on nightcrawler rigs. Deer Creek Lake (Pickaway, Fayette…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 31, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Fishermen are doing OK on saugeyes by fishing crankbaits around drop-offs. For crappies, tie on a jig and maggot combo or jig and minnow. Anglers have been catching both species by trolling as well. Some of the saugeyes have been up to 19 inches. Olentangy River (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Anglers continue…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 17, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are doing well on crappies by fishing shallow over structure. The best bite is coming in 10 feet of water or less, according to reports. Also, anglers are trolling shad-imitating crankbaits for saugeyes with some success. These fish are being found a little deeper, about 15- to 20-foot depths. Olentangy River…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 3, 2018

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Fishermen are chasing crappies with some reported success. Crappies are biting all over the lake for anglers slow-trolling minnows. Thirty-fish limits are being reported. Some smaller saugeyes, up to 17 inches, will also be caught using these same trolling methods. Olentangy River (Franklin, Delaware counties) – Anglers are doing quite well on…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 20, 2018

Central Region O’Shaughnessy Reservoir (Franklin County) – Anglers are employing spider rigs for crappies with some success. Some slabs, up to 13.5 inches, have been in the mix. Some are trolling for the best bite while others are casting. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Fishermen are catching decent numbers of 16-18-inch saugeyes by trolling Flicker Shads in a variety…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 6, 2018

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Fishermen are doing OK on catfish here by fishing cut bait on or near the bottom. Chicken livers will work as well. Some of the channel catfish being reported have been over 20 inches. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are successfully trolling Flicker Shads in shallow water for saugeyes….

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 22, 2018

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are fishing for saugeyes and catfish here, but warm water temperatures have slowed the bite a bit, according to reports. Fishermen are trolling Flicker Shads in a variety of patterns for the saugeyes, which are ranging from 15 to 19 inches. Channel catfish can be found in the deeper sections…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 8, 2018

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers are catching a mess of channel catfish and hybrid striped bass on this Central Ohio waterway. The popular method has been a simple nightcrawler fished below a float. The catfish ranged up to 25 inches, while the wipers measured out at a decent 14-19 inches. Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County)…