Muskie Fishing at Caesar Creek State Park in Ohio

Muskie Fishing at Caesar Creek State Park in Ohio
Caesar Creek State Park is 24 miles from Dayton, Ohio. The park is home to 2,830-acre Caesar Creek Lake, which offers fishing for many sport fish, including the muskellunge, or "muskie." The muskellunge is a popular sport fish throughout much of the midwest, and is known by many different nicknames, such as the blue pike Ohio muskie. You must have a valid Ohio fishing license to try your luck at the park.

Dock, Shore and Boat

Caesar Creek Lake has two public boat launches and docks. The boat ramp off State Route 73 and the Wellman Boat Dock allow boat launching and fishing. The shores of the lake provide aquatic vegetation which produce oxygen. If fishing from the shore, look for patches of aquatic vegetation along the shores. The plant life produces oxygen, keeping the waters healthy, and attracts fish--including the muskie. If you are fishing from a boat, look for water plants and "lilly-pads" and concentrate your efforts there. Muskies will gather throughout areas with vegetation, taking advantage of food near the oxygen-rich waters.

Muskie Tackle

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources publication "Muskellunge Fishing in Ohio," muskie fishing in the Buckeye State requires some specialized equipment. The Ohio DNR advises that large tackle is required, and to use medium to heavy bass-casting equipment with large lures and a wire leader. Use big crank baits, wobbling lures, spinner baits, spoons, jerk baits or spinners. Concentrate on accuracy and retrieve when you cast for muskies.

Timing and Trolling

The Ohio DNR reports that summer is the most effective to time to troll for muskies, including at Caesar Creek Lake. Use the same bait and lures as normal (large lures) and troll the deeper waters. Find submerged logs and aquatic vegetation and troll through these areas. Check the end of your line at regular intervals to see if the bait has been stripped.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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