Where To Find The Big Bass In Central and South Central Ohio.
When I go looking for big bass, I don’t go to the usual places like Hoover, Alum Creek, Buckeye and the big lakes that have a lot of pressure. I go to places that most people have never heard of, let alone fish there.
I’m talking about Clouse Lake, St. Joseph Lake, The Strip Pits By New Lexington and the out of the way places that have less anglers and less fishing pressure. I’m talking about places where’s it’s not too unusual to catch a couple of 7 plus pound bass in the same day.
The reason I mention the places above to fish is because they are located fairly close to one another and because they hold big bass. Take Clouse Lake for example, it is located on route 668 near Somerset, Ohio. A friend and I was fishing there and he was using a fly rod and caught a 6 1/2 pounder then another 6 pounder within an hour. I have seen dozens of 5 pound plus fish come out of Clouse. I have even caught 5 pounders below the damn in a little pool of water and in the creek there.
I always thought St. Joseph Lake was just the backend of Clouse Lake but found out differently. Now, I’m not going to tell you I caught any 10 pound plus fish in St. Joseph Lake but I am going to tell you I had the best fishing day of my life there. 76 bass in 4 hours all between 3/4 pound to 3 pounds. Believe me, it’s not always like that but it was for me one day. If you take State Route 13 south out of Somerset, you’ll see a sign that says oldest Catholic Church in Ohio. Turn there and follow it past a church you see on your right, before you turn at the curve going left, you’ll see another gravel road to the right. Take it down hill until you come to a culvert. The lake is at the end of the culvert if you follow it out going west.
Let’s talk about the strip pits by New Lexington. I have seen quite a few big bass and bigger catfish come from these pits. A friend of mine caught two 6 plus pound bass there within 30 minutes. The water is fairly clear in some of the pits and pretty deep too. The pits I like to fish are best fished in a small boat, like a jon boat. The way I go to the pits is I take State Route 93 South to Marietta Road and make a left. Go to the first main cross road and turn left again. You’ll go and see a road to the right, if you look back over your shoulder there should be a strip pit on your left. Turn right and you’ll have 4 or 5 strip pits to fish on that one road. Again, I suggest a small boat as there isn’t much of a ramp at any of these pits. If nothing else the scenery is beautiful there. High cliffs, pretty water and some deep pits with big bass. These are privately owned now and you need permission to fish these pits.
One of the biggest bass I ever hooked in Ohio was at a little impoundments on Big Inch Road near Somerset. It is located off 668 before you get to Clouse Lake coming from Somerset. I was fishing top water and this bass came up and grabbed the mouse I was using and started the battle, I hate to say this but I got excited and loss the big bass. I do have a 12 pound 14 ounce bass on my wall, so I know what a 10 pound bass looks like and I’m telling you, this was at least 10 pounds of mean ole bass and to say the least he didn’t want to get caught.
Try the places above this spring and let me know how you did. You can send me a picture of the big bass you catch at charles.e.white at gmail.com and I’ll post your picture at our website along with your name. You can also send me a note to thank me for telling you about these places if you didn’t know about them beforehand.
Until Next Week.
Good Fishing To You!