Ohio has had some weird weather in recent years. Far too much rain, enough to cause serious flooding, droughts that last for weeks, even longer, storms that turn larger lakes and Lake Erie into mud holes. Such weather has caused many an area angler to lay down his or her fishing rods and decide to mow the grass. But there's no need to go to such extremes, because scattered around the northern half of our state are some top quality fishing holes that are always clear and fishable, have dandy walleyes, yellow perch, large and smallmouth bass, and nice panfish, and easy access. They call them upground reservoirs.
I've fished a fair number within reasonable driving distance of home, and learned some techniques that provide good catches most days. They're very simple tactics. When planning to fish a new upground, my first step is to type in "Ohio Division of Wildlife" on my computer, then hit "Lake Maps." Many of the state's upgrounds are listed there, and the maps give not only directions and launch ramp locations, but placement of reefs, stump beds, and other fish attractors.
Anglers who lack computers can stop in at any library, have a librarian show you (it takes seconds) how to use it, and check for maps. If a particular upground is not listed, you can often stop in at a sporting goods store or book store and get a large sized publication that lists 100 lake maps or whatever.
A boat is the best way to fish any upground, so if you have a small boat or can borrow or buy one, that's the way to go, and since most upgrounds allow electric motors, use one of these, too. Now for the easy part. Purchase or make some Lindy rigs first, a simple rig consisting of a one ounce slip sinker, swivel to stop the sinker, and about two feet of monofilament line with a No. 6 or 4 hook on lines end. Add a head hooked nightcrawler or minnow to the rig, pick a spot near one of the reefs or other fish attractors, and drop the line to bottom. Then start drifting or slow trolling with your sinker just bumping occasionally, your bail open, and the rod tip held high.