Ohio Fishing Reports

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 17, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Anglers fishing near the north shore ramp have been catching saugeyes, but nothing of size to report. Expect the channel catfish bite to pick up with fish in the 4-pound range or better. Use cut shad for the best bite. Thornport, Lieb’s Island, and Fairfield Beach will all be good places…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — March 3, 2017

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Expect the early spring crappie bite to turn on soon, particularly in the Thornport area. Fish for them six inches deep with 1⁄64- to 1⁄80-ounce jigs suspended under a bobber. Anglers might also try the north shore ramp, Fairfield Beach, or Seller’s Point for saugeyes. Some saugeyes have been caught…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 17, 2017

Central Region Deer Creek Lake (Madison, Fayette, Pickaway counties) – Saugeye is about the only game in town for anglers on Deer Creek at this time of year. Most catches have been in the 14-19-inch range coming on twister tails and jig heads. Some are tipping the set with minnows. Experienced anglers on Deer Creek are targeting the dam area….

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017

Editor’s note: Much of the state experienced milder than normal temperatures for the second week of January, resulting in most if not all of the state’s lakes opening back up to open water. This fishing report reflects those conditions, where temperatures in the 40s and 50s were the norm across the state. Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 20, 2017

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Some anglers had ventured out onto the ice early in January and were catching some crappies in four to eight feet of water. Most of the hardwater action was taking place north of U.S. 36. Ice thickness is anywhere from three to five inches, according to angler reports. Indian Lake (Logan County)…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – January 6th, 2017

Editor’s note: This fishing report was compiled around the Christmas holiday when much of Ohio experienced unseasonably warm temperatures, allowing for a short window of open-water fishing, primarily on the spillways of Ohio’s larger reservoirs. Prior to this period, most inland lakes and the western basin of Lake Erie was making ice, but it has mostly been thin sheets, unstable…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 16th, 2016

Central Region 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…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 2nd, 2016

Central Region 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…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin counties) – Crappies are starting their feed. Fishing coves and around woody cover can be productive. Jigs and minnows suspended by a bobber is a good technique. Catfish are still being caught in the north end; use shrimp, nightcrawlers, or prepared baits for the best catches. Saugeyes are starting to get active. Troll spinners…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 4th, 2016

Central Region 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 spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and plastics. Try fishing points and concentrations of gizzard shad. Bluegills are being caught on waxworms…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 21st, 2016

Central Region Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are also around woody cover and points. Use creature baits and spinnerbaits to catch these fish. A…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 7th, 2016

Central Region Delaware Lake (Delaware County) – Crappies are active again in this lake north of Columbus. Minnows fished under a bobber around woody cover can put these active fish in the boat. Crappies must be nine inches or longer to keep. Largemouth bass are feeding for winter; follow the bait fish and target backs of coves. Use creature baits…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 23rd, 2016

Central Region Indian Lake (Logan County) – Saugeyes are being caught along the south bank and around the Moundwood and Dream bridge areas. Try crankbaits and worm harnesses trolled near the bottom. Largemouth bass anglers are catching fish in the canals around cover; try spinnerbaits, tubes, and crankbaits. Bluegills are still being caught in the channels using waxworms, nightcrawlers, or…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 9th, 2016

Central Region Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry Counties) – As water temperatures start to cool, hybrid striped bass will become more active. Try chicken livers fished on the bottom or troll spinners along the north shore from Seller’s Point to the north boat ramp at state Route 79. Channel catfish are being caught using cut bait on the bottom. Crappies…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 26th, 2016

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Smallmouth bass can be caught in this lake north of Columbus. Using crankbaits and spinnerbaits, target the main and secondary lake points where rip rap or hard bottom is present. White bass are being caught on in-line spinners and blade baits; look for dense areas of gizzard shad on the surface. Crappies…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 12th, 2016

Central Region Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin counties) – Largemouth bass are being caught around shoreline cover and secondary points. White bass are starting to hit. Look for schools of gizzard shad at the surface and cast spinners into them. Channel catfish can be caught using shrimp and cut shad, target the flats in the north basin at night or dawn…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 29th, 2016

Central Region Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, use jigs and minnows around woody cover and target water depths of eight to 15 feet. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish are plentiful in this lake. Try using cut bait and shrimp fished on the bottom at night for the best success. Largemouth…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 15th

Central Region Delaware Lake (963 acres; Delaware County) – For crappies, use jigs and minnows around woody cover and target water depths of eight to 15 feet. Crappie must be nine inches or longer to keep. Channel catfish are plentiful in this lake. Try using cut bait and shrimp fished on the bottom at night for the best success. Largemouth…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 1st, 2016

Central Region Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are hitting the spillway after recent storms to catch saugeyes and crappies. Try crankbaits in various sizes for the best bite. Some muskies are also being caught on the main lake. Target areas with woody cover. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are trolling Flicker Shads and stick…

Ohio Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 17th, 2016

Central Region Griggs Reservoir (387 acres; Franklin County) – This 361-acre lake in Columbus offers shorefishing access on the east side of the lake. Largemouth bass are hitting right now; try plastic tubes and creature baits fished along riprap and cover for the best results. Crappies are still being found in shallow water around woody cover. Use minnows or jigs…

Ohio Calendar of Events – June 3rd, 2016

Education/Seminars June 5: ODNR Watercraft, Close Quarter Boating control Essentials Ed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Geneva State Park Marina. Call Ashtabula Watercraft Office, 440-964-0518. June 6: ODNR Watercraft, Boater Ed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Lakefront Marina, Port Clinton. Call Kevin Asher, 419-734-5576. June 10: ODNR Watercraft, Boater Ed., noon-8 p.m., Gravel Bar Yacht Club. Call Brenda Calderhead, 419-341-3958. June 11: ODNR Watercraft…

Lake Erie Region Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Note: see wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishingregulations for site-specific regulations and recent changes to them. • The daily bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleyes is 15 inches. • The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. • The trout and…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Lake Logan (333 acres; Hocking County) – Saugeyes can be caught on bottom bouncing jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows fished in six to 10 feet of water. Also try trolling crankbaits in the same depth. For crappies, start looking for white crappies to move into shallower water around shoreline structure to spawn. Focus your effort around wood structure. Try using small jigs tipped with plastic…

Southwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

East Fork Lake (1,971 acres, 32.3 miles of shoreline; Clermont County) – For crappies, try using minnows and jigs with tubes. Chartreuse and white color patterns are working the best currently. Fish are generally being taken in 18 to 24 inches of water. Try fishing around structure, fallen trees, and in the coves. Rocky Fork Lake (1,992 acres; Highland County) – For saugeyes,…

Northeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Mogadore Reservoir (1,104-acres; Portage County) – Owned and operated by the city of Akron, this reservoir is in the southwestern portion of the county, three miles east of Akron and six miles south of Kent on State Route 43, 1 mile south of U.S. Route 224. April, May, and June are the best months for catching largemouth bass: cast surface lures, crankbaits, or…

Northwest Ohio Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016

Beaver Creek Reservoir (110 acres; Seneca County) – Catfish have been biting. Try using shrimp for bait. For large catfish, try drift fishing or balloon fishing. Boats are allowed on the reservoir with electric motors only. Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – White bass are biting in the Sandusky River near Fremont. Water is muddy, high, and swift, so try using tight lines…