Best Fishing in Ohio

This list represents the most popular fishing in Ohio. Use this list to plan your next Ohio fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Geneva State Park


This park has public boat launching, camping, and fishing on the central basin. Geneva State Park is the only state park east of Cleveland on Lake Erie to offer a boat launch, docking, camping, and fi…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Ashtabula, OH - Fishing
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#2. Alum Creek Lake


One of the top lakes in the state for crappie, saugeye, and muskie. Alum Creek Lake is among the largest reservoirs in Ohio and one of the last impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Completed…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Columbus, OH - Fishing
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#3. Buckeye Lake


Buckeye Lake is a resort lake heavily used by recreational boaters. Buckeye Lake is another one of the early canal lakes impounded for the purpose of supplying water for the Erie Canal system. Work st…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Columbus, OH - Fishing
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#4. Circleville Canal


Some remaining sections of the Erie Canal are open for fishing at Canal Park. Built in the 1830s, this section of the old Erie Canal still remains and offers a historical look back when the canal play…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Circleville, OH - Fishing
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#5. Darby Creek


Darby Creek is one of the top float streams in Ohio for smallmouth bass. Darby Creek is a highly regarded stream and designated State and National Scenic River for most of its 80-mile length from the…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Columbus, OH - Fishing
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#6. Deer Creek Lake


Good stream, tailwater, and lake fishing in one package. Impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1968 as a flood control project for the Ohio River Valley, Deer Creek Lake covers 1,227 surfac…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Circleville, OH - Fishing
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#7. Delaware Lake


This is a flood impoundment lake known for its crappie fishing, but don’t overlook it for bass. Impounded by the U.S. Army Corps Engineers in 1951 as a flood control project on the upper Olentangy Riv…
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Delaware, OH - Fishing
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#8. Greenfield Lake


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 weed g…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Lancaster, OH - Fishing
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#9. Griggs Reservoir


A long, narrow body of water with good bass fishing and an excellent tailwater fishery. In 1904 Griggs was the first of two water supply reservoirs impounded on the Scioto River by the city of Columbu…
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Columbus, OH - Fishing
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#10. Hargus Lake


A small, weedy, deep lake with good bass and channel catfish fishing and motor restrictions. Built in 1948, Hargus Lake covers 145 acres and averages 20 to 25 feet deep. It is a very clear lake with v…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Circleville, OH - Fishing
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#11. Hoover Reservoir


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 Big and L…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Columbus, OH - Fishing
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#12. Indian Lake


Indian Lake has big bluegills in the spring and excellent saugeye fishing right from shore, but expect crowded fishing on this popular resort lake. Indian Lake was originally a small natural lake. It…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Bellefontaine, OH - Fishing
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#13. Kiser Lake


Kiser is a wonderful little lake known to produce some big hybrid stripers. Key species: Channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid striper, striper, crappie, some saugeye, yellow perch. The…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Urbana, OH - Fishing
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#14. Knox Lake


A high-quality bass lake managed for trophy bass, with horsepower restrictions. Impounded in 1954, Knox Lake covers 468 acres; depths range from 3 feet at the shallow east end to over 20 feet near the…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Mount Vernon, OH - Fishing
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#15. Kokosing Lake


A small, shallow lake good for channel cats and bass. This is a minor lake of 150 acres impounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control purposes on the Upper Muskingum River watershed.…
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Mount Vernon, OH - Fishing
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#16. Kokosing River


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 rural fa…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Mount Vernon, OH - Fishing
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#17. Mad River


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 the Mad…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Urbana, OH - Fishing
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#18. Madison Lake


A small, quiet lake limited to electric motors only. Madison Lake was impounded in 1947 on land deeded to the state for the specific purpose of building a lake on Deer Creek stream. Lying within walki…
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London, OH - Fishing
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#19. Mount Gilead Lake


Two small, shallow, and weedy lakes; the lower lake is stocked with trout in the spring. Mount Gilead Lake is actually two small lakes, totaling 30 acres, built between 1900 and 1930 and separated by…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Mount Gilead, OH - Fishing
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#20. Oakthorpe Lake


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 primitiv…
From the guidebook "Fishing Ohio"
Lancaster, OH - Fishing
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