Bass fishing in the Delta reservoirs can be lots of fun when you have the right equipment and right locations. Like, all of the man made reservoirs, the bite can be tough.
The Delta Reservoir is located Here on Google Maps. There are two reservoirs next to each other. The eastern one is closer to the street and looks more like a natural lake and is called Reservoir No 1. The western and northern one is set far back from the street and is up a hill and is slightly larger and is called Reservoir No 2. Reservoir No 2 is almost a perfect square and has a rocky riprap shoreline. Both have a boat dock and allow for small boats with electric motors.
Reservoir 1 can be fished from shore like a natural lake. It contains lots of structure and has nice underwater features. The southwest corner has a deep hole that holds a lot of fish. See the maps below.
Reservoir 2 should be fished like a reservoir. It contains bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and some northern pike. They have sunk a lot of underwater cover for the fish to use. They are scattered throughout the reservoir close to shore. See the maps below.
Typical reservoir bass fishing techniques can be used. Start out with spinnerbaits, plastic worms fished slowly, jigs, and even flys and topwater. You will see a lot of topwater explosions with fish attacking anything that floats.
Larger (8 inch), black colored swimbaits have caught northern pike in Reservoir No 2. It has been stocked with northern pike. Larger baits attract these larger fish.
Reservoir 2 does have a lot of underwater vegetation. A deep diving crankbait will turn up a lot of vegetation in both reservoirs.
The best times to fish are early morning and late evening when bass have an advantage over baitfish and can see them better. Also, because there is no cover, during high noon and when it’s very sunny out, the bass will hide in deep water and in holes to avoid the sun.
Rainy, cloudy, and windy days will produce more fish. The wind causes choppy water, which allows less light to penetrate into teh water. Bass can see better in lowlight conditions and will start feeding. Baitfish can’t see as well in low light.
Of all the northwest Ohio reservoirs we’ve fished, the Delta reservoir No 2 has the cleanest and clearest water we’ve seen.
Tube baits and crankbaits before 11AM and when it’s cloudy work very well. Because of shoreline pressure the bass usually avoid the shoreline. If you can cast far, then fish from shore. But a small boat may be exceptionally useful on most of these reservoirs.