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.