Scott State Lake Fishing Report -
Species Rating Size Baits, Method & Location
Channel Catfish Slow Most in the 13 to 18 inch range Fishing cut bait lakewide.
Crappie Slow Up to 13 inches Drifting jigs over deeper water in the main body of the lake.
Largemouth Bass Fair Up to 5.5 lbs. Casting soft plastics and swimbaits around fish attractors, shoreline brush and vegetation along sun-warmed shorelines.
Sunfish Good Up to 8 inches Worms under a bobber and small jigs fished vertically around brush in deeper water.
Saugeye Fair Up to 7 lbs. Casting crankbaits and swimbaits over points, shelves, and along rip-rapped shorelines adjacent to deeper water.
Rainbow Trout Good 0.5 lb. average

The third stocking of the trout season was made on 12-15-2020 and consisted of a release of approximately 600 rainbow trout into Barrel Springs Pond.

Still fishing powerbait, worms, canned corn, and marshmallows alone or in various combinations or casting small spoons and in-line spinners can be productive.

General Comments

Ice Report-The state lake is approximately 50% ice covered toward the upper half of the lake and Barrel Springs is mostly ice covered.  Ice on both waterbodies is less than an inch thick and will not safely support ice fishing.

Release all walleye/saugeye less than 18 inches and largemouth bass less than 15 inches.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!

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