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Ohio’s State Record Bass: Part 2

Obviously nobody knows where the next state record largemouth will be caught.  Heck, the record may never be broken at all!  But if I had to take a guess, here are 10 public bodies of water where I could see it happening.

  1. AEP Recreation Lands – The AEP ponds are numerous and remote.  They are full of deep clear water, vegetation and wood.  A 10lber was taken from an AEP pond a couple of weeks ago, and I have caught and seen my fair share of 6lbers from these lightly-pressured lakes.  I am also aware of a verified 8.4lber that was taken several years ago.  Here is a picture of a 6lber taken from AEP last November…not even half the weight of the record.
  2. Rocky Fork Lake (1,992 acres) – Rocky Fork is an awesome lake, with deep water and great weeds.  7 and 8lbers have been taken during Spring tournaments on this lake.  A lot of tournament guys think this is one of the best big-bass fisheries in Ohio.
  3. Lake Logan (333 acres) – Lake Logan has a lot going for it.  Tons of weeds and wood cover, and it is located in the southern part of the state.  I have seen pictures of 18 pound tournament bags from this lake. 
  4. Clear Fork Reservoir (971 acres) – I’ve already given my thoughts on Clear Fork in previous blogs.  This place is awesome.  The lake has several types of weeds, clear water, great offshore structure, and several decent-sized creeks running into it.  For Spring tournaments on Clear Fork, it often takes a 6lber to win the big bass pot.  A good friend of mine lost a fish that was in the 8lb range two years ago.  It was so big he thought it was a musky and didn’t play it out properly!
  5. Ross Lake (127 acres) – Although I’ve never fished this lake, I have heard good things.  I’ve also heard a story of a 13.5lb bass caught 5 years ago in a cast-net by a guy who was cast-netting for shad.  The fish was allegedly weighed and then released unharmed.  Although the story was not verified, it came from a guy who had no reason to lie.  Take it for what it’s worth!
  6. Deer Creek Reservoir (314 acres) – This is another lake that I have never fished.  In fact, the guys who fish this lake stay pretty tight-lipped about it…and for good reason! I’ve seen tournament results where a 20lb bag didn’t win the tournament.  So clearly the lake has big fish genetics.
  7. Dow Lake (Stroud’s Run) (171 acres) – Stroud’s Run is an incredible lake for its size.  5 and 6 pounders are fairly common.  My largest from this lake went just under 5 pounds, but the lake has all of the right ingredients.  Weeds, wood, and a southern location.
  8. Wolf Run Lake (201 acres) – A 10lber was weighed during a club tournament several years ago on Wolf Run.  I also know a guy who bass fishes more than anyone I know, and he thinks that this is the lake where the next true-giant could be caught.
  9. Tycoon Lake (183 acres) – Tycoon Lake has a history of pumping out giants…5’s and 6’s are taken every Spring, with some regularity.  This is another lake that is located in the southern part of Ohio.  From what I’ve heard, there are some absolute giants in the lake.  The downside may be that the lake has received a lot of pressure over the past few years.
  10. Burr Oak Lake (632 acres) – Burr Oak may be the best all-around big-bass fishery in Ohio.  The lake has deep water, good weeds, and awesome wood cover.  This is another lake where 18 pound bags are not uncommon in the Spring.  Believe it or not, bass of the size pictured are fairly common from Burr Oak.

Lakes that just missed the list include Lake Erie, Alum Creek Reservoir and Hoover Reservoir.

My guess is that the next Ohio state record largemouth will be taken in March, April, May or November.  It will probably be taken on a day when the weather is really nasty…rain, snow, wind and cloud cover will be part of the equation…the giants love it when the weather is wicked.  If I had to guess, the fish will probably be taken working a jig and pig through heavy wood or on a spinnerbait.  My hope is that the person who catches it has put their time in, and truly appreciates the magnitude of their accomplishment.  After all, it would be the fish of all our lifetimes.

14 Responses

  1. Ken Quinn

    dont forget mosquito lake that public body of water has the most potential in the state I personally believe along with rockyfork as 2nd ceasers creek wich I have witnesed a 9lb +weighed clear fork all are possible lakes I also have a pict of a 7+lber from rockyfork my personal pic would be mosquito as the best largmouth fishery in the state at this point

  2. Ken Quinn

    dont forget mosquito lake that public body of water has the most potential in the state I personally believe along with rockyfork as 2nd ceasers creek wich I have witnesed a 9lb +weighed clear fork all are possible lakes I also have a pict of a 7+lber from rockyfork my personal pic would be mosquito as the best largmouth fishery in the state at this point

  3. Nick Daniels

    Interesting list. AEP is no doubt the best shot public water has to offer. Gotta call out Deer Creek, I’m just not buyin it. After spending a summer workin there numbers are below average and size its average at best from what I saw. Shad do insanely well though (like everywhere). The water fluctuates a lot. Acton and Cowan are two more I’d consider.

  4. ross lake used to be pretty nasty, caught more 5lbers there then in any other place(grew up in chillicothe). i havent been there for a few years though. tycoon, burr oak, logan, are all loaded full of quality fish. i actully love the deercreek in mt sterling in the spring, caught loads and loads of quality fish there over the years but never caught anything bigger then 4lbs. if you get the chance to fish ross lake, you can cover the entire lake in half a day if you keep moving, good job at alum mike! later

  5. ross lake used to be pretty nasty, caught more 5lbers there then in any other place(grew up in chillicothe). i havent been there for a few years though. tycoon, burr oak, logan, are all loaded full of quality fish. i actully love the deercreek in mt sterling in the spring, caught loads and loads of quality fish there over the years but never caught anything bigger then 4lbs. if you get the chance to fish ross lake, you can cover the entire lake in half a day if you keep moving, good job at alum mike! later

  6. forgot, the rumor about burr oak is that when it was built it was stocked with florida strain bass, not sure how legit that is.

  7. forgot, the rumor about burr oak is that when it was built it was stocked with florida strain bass, not sure how legit that is.

  8. Nick Reeves

    After seeing how remote some of the AEP lakes are (some of them are difficult to even gain access to), and the overall appearance of those lakes, there has got to be a state record swimming in one of them. I think the 10lber that was taken from there a few weeks ago verifies that it is the most likely spot. It would definitely be taken from one of the lakes that’s off the beaten path though. I could also see the record coming from Clear Fork – perfect habitat for a monster.

  9. john hensley

    i personnally have a 8lb 10 oz. caught at AEP on the wall. i caught the bass close to 15 years ago. i have fished that place every year during the spawn and litterally caught close to a hundred bass in my life over 5 pounds. it was a great place for monster bass but its went down hill really bad in the last few years.iI KNOW NOW 2 LAKES THAT CURRENTLY HOLD THE NEW RECORD ONE IS PUBLIC AND ONE PRIVATE. I hooked one and lost it a few years ago that was very close if not it. but im not tellin were. to the guy who wrote this article if u would like a pic of my 8lb 10. just let me know.

  10. Solomon

    John i appreciate the information you shared with us. I usually don’t like disagreeing with people but i call AEP recreation lands my backyard. I believe totally that you have one 8.10 and have caught numerous big bass. The thing i disagree with is that i don’t feel it’s going down hill. I’ve been fishing down there over 15 years also, and it’s getting better and better. My number of giants keep increasing every year. I just talked to Mike last week about how this year has been outstanding, and the years just getting started. I have 10 over 5 this year and Mike has all the pictures. I would suggest finding other ponds down there because those hawgs are plentiful. I can think of 5 to 10 ponds right now in the aep area that can produce the state record.(Those same ponds produced six over 7 two over 8, two over 9, and one 10lb) I know people get used to their favorite pond, but exploring down there can pay off. Check the pictures of my 10lber, that was from experimenting. Remember there are over 600 aep ponds. I keep that in mind when i’m searching for ponds that holds giants. I try to find a pond thats almost impossible to get into.( This means walking up and down hills, or through sticker bushes) I found that if there is no easy access then your chances of catching giants go up. Its nothing for me and Greg jr to hike 30 or 40 minutes to chase lunkers. Many people think that’s crazy, but they are the same ones asking how i catch all them big bass. The last thing i would suggest is start fishing some of them same ponds in late february. That’s my favorite time to fish. Keep catching them hawgs.

    • Chris

      Is this soloman curtis? I’ve just been researching bass fishing and saw your interview about the next record largemouth. Just had a quick question if you don’t mind answering. I’m in columbus. Where is the closest aep water to me? And the best aep water? Seems like aep is the best place to find a lunker. I’m learning how to bass fish in the 2 acer pond in my neighborhood. I was just recently retired from the military with a 100% disability rating so I’m not a loud to work anymore and I have plenty of time on my hands. Thanks in advance sir.

  11. We are probably not talking about the same Deer Creek. I’m talking about the one near Cleveland.

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