2012-03-17 / Front Page

Playin’ Hooky

Photos by Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE – A couple of unseasonably picture perfect days this week made it impossible for some to resist grabbing rod and reel and heading to the North Shore Boat Ramp for some serious fishing. Even mid-afternoon, the boat ramp area was full of anglers. Local employers may be dealing with lots of people calling in “sick” as according to weather.com, after some rain Thursday and Friday, the following week will be sunny days with highs in the 70s through Wednesday.

According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Buckeye La ke has populat ions of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, chan nel catf ish, f lathead catfish, white bass, and carp. Fish stocked annually in Buckeye Lake include fingerling saugeye and hybrid striped bass. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Large mouth bass are taken throughout the lake particularly around docks. Buckeye Lake is considered a good "early" lake to fish for largemouth bass because it warms rapidly in the spring due to its shallowness. Bluegill fishing is good especially in the vegetated portions of the lake. Try fishing prepared baits, nightcrawlers, or soft crawfish lakewide in June and July for channel catfish. Saugeye are taken throughout the year including through the ice. The winter months are often highly productive. Use a jig tipped with a minnow fished near or on the bottom. Another productive method to catch saugeye is to cast or troll 4- 6" minnow imitations or shallow running crankbaits. Hybrid striped bass are caught throughout the lake using chicken livers fished on the bottom or by using minnow imitating lures.

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