Rich Carter with a nice largemouth bass

Last Friday, researching the fishing column I published in this week's paper, I had the chance to head out on Griggs Reservoir with Rich Carter, who works with the Ohio Divison of Wildlife.

Now, going out with an owner of a bass boat is always nice. Icing on that cake was that Carter is both a bass tournament veteran and a fisheries biologist in charge of monitoring the health and welfare of central Ohio's many fish.

At 6 a.m., the mist still rising from the surface, we headed north of the Fishinger Road boat launch and fished the eastern shore with a series of baitcasting lures - mostly creature and spinner baits.

It took me a while to get the hang of it, since I'm used to flies, but soon I caught a rock bass and a nice smallmouth. I had a couple others on the line - when it wasn't tangled on rocks or nearby trees - but didn't set the hooks right.

Carter knew the water like the back of his hand, and hauled in numerous smallmouths, a largemouth and a flathead catfish.

He mentioned the following for those fishing the Scioto River:

- Bass are feeding mostly on crayfish, though in later summer months, they will switch to gizzard shad.

- In the Scioto River reservoirs, the Division of Wildlife stocks only saugeye, which are plentiful. Natural populations of largemouth and smallmouth are also healthy at Griggs and O'Shaughnessy.

Here are some more photos from our excursion:

We had the best luck heading north of the Fishinger Road bridge and south of the Hayden Run bridge.

Even in overcast conditions, we caught the majority of our fish within 25 feet of the eastern shore.

Downed trees, shady overhangs and other structure close to the banks held numerous bass.

Rich Carter with a nice largemouth bass

Last Friday, researching the fishing column I published in this week's paper, I had the chance to head out on Griggs Reservoir with Rich Carter, who works with the Ohio Divison of Wildlife.

Now, going out with an owner of a bass boat is always nice. Icing on that cake was that Carter is both a bass tournament veteran and a fisheries biologist in charge of monitoring the health and welfare of central Ohio's many fish.

At 6 a.m., the mist still rising from the surface, we headed north of the Fishinger Road boat launch and fished the eastern shore with a series of baitcasting lures - mostly creature and spinner baits.

It took me a while to get the hang of it, since I'm used to flies, but soon I caught a rock bass and a nice smallmouth. I had a couple others on the line - when it wasn't tangled on rocks or nearby trees - but didn't set the hooks right.

Carter knew the water like the back of his hand, and hauled in numerous smallmouths, a largemouth and a flathead catfish.

He mentioned the following for those fishing the Scioto River:

- Bass are feeding mostly on crayfish, though in later summer months, they will switch to gizzard shad.

- In the Scioto River reservoirs, the Division of Wildlife stocks only saugeye, which are plentiful. Natural populations of largemouth and smallmouth are also healthy at Griggs and O'Shaughnessy.

Here are some more photos from our excursion:

We had the best luck heading north of the Fishinger Road bridge and south of the Hayden Run bridge.

Even in overcast conditions, we caught the majority of our fish within 25 feet of the eastern shore.

Downed trees, shady overhangs and other structure close to the banks held numerous bass.

The destruction of the emerald ash borer

City asked to fight emerald ash borer

Foresters are asking the City of Columbus for $11 million to cut down nearly 12,000 ash trees to combat the emerald ash borer, which attacks

The voarcious beetle, which scientists think came from China in a wooden crate, first was seen in Ohio in 2003. Since, it has affected numerous trees in Franklin County and 29 other counties in the state. Officials say that the borer has destroyed 20 million trees in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland and Ontario, Canada

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