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Alum Creek Reservoir, 5 SEP 2016

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Today I met up with a long-time friend and former roomie of mine to go fishing at the Alum Creek Reservoir near Delaware, OH.  It was about half-way for each of us as he lives up near Toledo.  His wife along with my brother also joined us.

We left our house just before 6:00am and arrived at the Marina, our designated meeting spot, around 8:15.  My friend, Corey, and his wife, Jill, arrived about 15 minutes after we did.  We obtained a map of the reservoir from the guy at the counter in the marina which noted all the various places and things you can do at the reservoir.

We started out at Cheshire near a causeway as our first place of fishing.  There was a very gradual drop off on this location where we were 15ish feet out and up to our knees in water.  I started with a Zoom Super Fluke Smoked Shad swimbait on a #3/0 Gamakatsu OWG hook and had it Texas rigged, unweighted.  The technique I used was twisting at the waist to drag the fluke through the water and as I rotated back I would reel in so the fluke would fall.

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You can see my brother in this picture.

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Didn't get any bites at first but about 20min in, I got a bite and hauled in another 1-2lb LMB.  I was standing on the rocks you see in the previous image.

Corey and myself.

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All business.  lol

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Unfortunately, nobody else was getting any bites so we decided to hit up some more places - unfortunately for us, being shore bound, we didn't have a whole lot of options at many of the other locations.  Especially since there were four of us.  Most of the places we tried after Cheshire had one or two spots for maybe one person - but the big problem was all the weeds and vegetation that the boats in the reservoir were kicking up along with the waves. 

We then went to the Alum Creek Reservoir Dam Spillway as I've seen many videos of people fishing this and landing some very nice fish.  We also learned that it was a good place to fish for Muskies - Corey REALLY wanted to land a Muskie and brought some steel leaders with his baitcaster.  Unfortunately...

The spillway was quite shallow and not much breadth of water.  There were also about 15 other people along the way tossing lures and bobbers in.  So, we cast a few times and shortly called it enough as it was kind of pointless.

We also saw THIS when we arrived - I nearly exploded in excitement and had to take a picture.  :D

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We then went to where it all began that day and followed the shoreline off to the right to try some other spots and test our luck.

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Unfortunately, there wasn't much to get here other than vegetation. 

After this, we decided to call it a day.  I had my brother take a photo of Jill, Corey and myself.

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Jill then took a picture of Ryan, Corey and myself.

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You can see the bottoms of our shorts are wet from standing about knee-deep in the water trying to cast past the vegetation... and failing.  lol

All-in-all, it was fun.  We wish we'd caught more fish, but it was Labor Day, it was warm (though the water was nice and cool on our legs) and the water was quite active with all the boaters.  Corey and I are already thinking of hitting up Hoover Reservoir next-door in October.

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Being a local, Hoover is probably your better bet! Alum Creek is more wide open and has unlimited horsepower boats. Hoover has a 10hp limit.

My brother-in-law and I used to fish Hoover all the time. Of course a small boat helps at Hoover and Alum. I think the fish have seen every kind of lure known to man from the shore! LOL

Red Bank Marina has some great walleye fishing just north of the marina in the grass beds. Getting to it by shore is not likely though because of the residential housing.

I am just getting back into the swing of things with fishing. I had a 21 year lay off due to family (kids). But I am an empty nester now and plan on doing a lot more fishing!

Happy Fishin'!

Jeff

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On ‎9‎/‎13‎/‎2016 at 11:12 AM, Jeff Lear said:

Being a local, Hoover is probably your better bet! Alum Creek is more wide open and has unlimited horsepower boats. Hoover has a 10hp limit.

My brother-in-law and I used to fish Hoover all the time. Of course a small boat helps at Hoover and Alum. I think the fish have seen every kind of lure known to man from the shore! LOL

Red Bank Marina has some great walleye fishing just north of the marina in the grass beds. Getting to it by shore is not likely though because of the residential housing.

I am just getting back into the swing of things with fishing. I had a 21 year lay off due to family (kids). But I am an empty nester now and plan on doing a lot more fishing!

Happy Fishin'!

Jeff

We might hit that up as well someday. Right now we're planning on hitting up Knox Lake in October and rent a boat as we've read it's a GREAT lake for bass.

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