Best Fishing in Ohio

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  • #1 Mad River

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    Urbana, OH

    Ohio’s premier brown trout stream. The Mad River in Champaign, Logan, and Clark Counties is Ohio’s oldest man-made trout fishery; it is also arguably the state’s most well known. The making of ...
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    Ohio’s premier brown trout stream. The Mad River in Champaign, Logan, and Clark Counties is Ohio’s oldest man-made trout ...

  • #2 Oakthorpe Lake

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    Lancaster, OH

    A little-fished, hard-to-find, high-quality bass lake. One of a number of lakes impounded as a watershed project on the upper Hocking River watershed, Oakthorpe Lake covers 41 acres and has a ...
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    A little-fished, hard-to-find, high-quality bass lake. One of a number of lakes impounded as a watershed project on the upper ...

  • #3 Walborn Reservoir

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    Akron, OH

    An excellent spring and fall crappie lake. Dale Walborn Reservoir covers 651 acres of water and is part of the Stark County Park District. The Walborn Reservoir Marina Park is popular with hikers, ...
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    An excellent spring and fall crappie lake. Dale Walborn Reservoir covers 651 acres of water and is part of the Stark County ...

  • #4 Silver Creek Lake

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    Akron, OH

    Good numbers of small bass, and a popular trout fishing lake. Silver Creek Lake is a small lake of approximately 50 acres and the centerpiece of the Silver Creek Metro Park. It is one of several ...
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    Good numbers of small bass, and a popular trout fishing lake. Silver Creek Lake is a small lake of approximately 50 acres ...

  • #5 Vermilion River

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    Elyria, OH

    The Vermilion River is one of the more recent additions to the state’s list of steelhead streams. The Division of Wildlife first stocked the river in 2002 with 66,199 steelhead smolts. Years ...
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    The Vermilion River is one of the more recent additions to the state’s list of steelhead streams. The Division of Wildlife ...

  • #6 AEP Ohio Power Lakes

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    McConnelsville, OH

    The American Electric Power ReCreation Lands is one of the top recreation areas in Ohio. More than 42,000 acres of reclaimed strip-mine land is open to public hunting, hiking, horseback riding, ...
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    The American Electric Power ReCreation Lands is one of the top recreation areas in Ohio. More than 42,000 acres of reclaimed ...

  • #7 Rose Lake — Hocking Hills State Park

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    Logan, OH

    The 2 million visitors a year at Hocking Hills State Park do not come to fish 17-acre Rose Lake; they come to view the magnificent sandstone cliffs, scenic waterfalls, and caves that make this ...
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    The 2 million visitors a year at Hocking Hills State Park do not come to fish 17-acre Rose Lake; they come to view the magnificent ...

  • #8 Lake Medina

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    Medina, OH

    Previously the Medina city water supply, Lake Medina was taken over as a county park in 2003. Fishing is permitted, but no fishing license is required to fish the reservoir. I estimate the lake ...
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    Previously the Medina city water supply, Lake Medina was taken over as a county park in 2003. Fishing is permitted, but no ...

  • #9 Rush Run Lake

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    Somerville, OH

    Great bass lake with good shoreline access, but the clear water makes fishing challenging. Rush Run Lake is located within the hilly terrain of the 1,174-acre Rush Run Wildlife Area in southern ...
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    Great bass lake with good shoreline access, but the clear water makes fishing challenging. Rush Run Lake is located within ...

  • #10 Rock Mill Lake

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    Lancaster, OH

    A small remote lake best fished from a small boat or float tube. Rock Mill Lake is one of several lakes impounded as part of the Upper Hocking Watershed Project. The lake covers 18 acres. Lily ...
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    A small remote lake best fished from a small boat or float tube. Rock Mill Lake is one of several lakes impounded as part ...

  • #11 Black River

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    Elyria, OH

    The Black River, located almost entirely within the town of Lorain, has fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, bluegills, perch, white bass, sheepshead, and steelhead. The river ...
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    The Black River, located almost entirely within the town of Lorain, has fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, ...

  • #12 Great Miami River

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    Cincinnati, OH

    The Great Miami River and its tributaries make up one of the greatest smallmouth fisheries south of Lake Erie. The Great Miami River gets its start at the spillway of Indian Lake in Logan County ...
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    The Great Miami River and its tributaries make up one of the greatest smallmouth fisheries south of Lake Erie. The Great ...

  • #13 Hoover Reservoir

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    Columbus, OH

    Hoover is a large reservoir with good bass and saugeye fishing; it is one of the primary water sources for the city of Columbus. It has a 10-hp limit. Impounded in 1955 in the confluence of ...
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    Hoover is a large reservoir with good bass and saugeye fishing; it is one of the primary water sources for the city of Columbus. ...

  • #14 Rush Creek Lake

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    Lancaster, OH

    Rush Creek Lake has timbered coves, stumps, good shoreline access, and excellent fishing for channel cats. Impounded in 1983 as a result of the Rush Creek Watershed Project on the Upper Hocking ...
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    Rush Creek Lake has timbered coves, stumps, good shoreline access, and excellent fishing for channel cats. Impounded in 1983 ...

  • #15 Turkey Creek Lake

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    Portsmouth, OH

    The trout derby held at Turkey Creek Lake is the first and oldest trout derby in Ohio. Situated in the hills of Shawnee State Forest, Turkey Creek Lake is a breathtaking beauty among Ohio lakes. ...
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    The trout derby held at Turkey Creek Lake is the first and oldest trout derby in Ohio. Situated in the hills of Shawnee State ...

  • #16 Greenfield Lake

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    Lancaster, OH

    A small, but clear lake, with fair bass fishing and plenty of channel cats. One of several lakes impounded as part of the Upper Hocking Watershed Project, this lake covers 12 acres and has some ...
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    A small, but clear lake, with fair bass fishing and plenty of channel cats. One of several lakes impounded as part of the ...

  • #17 Kokosing River

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    Mount Vernon, OH

    Fish by canoe or bike or wade on one of Ohio’s most scenic streams. Designated a State Scenic River in 1997, Kokosing is the kind of stream of which there are too few in Ohio. Flowing through ...
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    Fish by canoe or bike or wade on one of Ohio’s most scenic streams. Designated a State Scenic River in 1997, Kokosing is ...

  • #18 Woodbury Wildlife Area

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    Coshocton, OH

    Woodbury Wildlife Area is a vast area of over 19,000 acres located approximately 5 miles west of the town of Coshocton. It consists of a mixture of forest, reclaimed strip-mine land, brush, some ...
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    Woodbury Wildlife Area is a vast area of over 19,000 acres located approximately 5 miles west of the town of Coshocton. It ...

  • #19 Ohio Brush Creek

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    Seaman, OH

    Float or wade for some scenic fishing on one of southern Ohio’s best smallmouth streams. Ohio Brush Creek begins modestly in southern Highland County, winding for some 57 miles through the center ...
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    Float or wade for some scenic fishing on one of southern Ohio’s best smallmouth streams. Ohio Brush Creek begins modestly ...

  • #20 Clear Fork Reservoir

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    Mansfield, OH

    One of the five top muskie lakes in the state. This 973-acre reservoir serves as the water supply for the city of Mansfield. It has one boat ramp, a marina, a campground, four picnic areas, and ...
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    One of the five top muskie lakes in the state. This 973-acre reservoir serves as the water supply for the city of Mansfield. ...