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Ohio Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
April 20 2024


Ohio Fishing Areas


Ohio offers many opportunities for anglers, whether they prefer freshwater or saltwater fishing. Lake Erie is one of the most popular destinations for fishing in Ohio, known for its large populations of walleye, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass. The Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie, is also a popular spot for walleye fishing during the spring spawning season.

Inland lakes in Ohio also offer excellent fishing, with species such as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Some popular lakes for fishing include Alum Creek Lake, Mosquito Lake, and Lake Milton.

The best times of year to fish in Ohio vary depending on the species and location, but in general, spring and fall tend to be the best seasons for fishing. Average temperatures range from the mid-40s to mid-60s in the spring, and mid-50s to mid-70s in the fall.

When it comes to bait and lures, it's important to match the prey that the fish are feeding on. For example, using worms or minnows can be effective for catching bass and panfish, while using crankbaits or jigs can be effective for catching walleye and other predatory fish.

Interesting fishing facts about Ohio include that it's home to the world's largest outdoor artificial climbing wall, located at a bass pro shop in Rossford. Ohio is also home to the oldest and largest bass fishing club in the world, the Buckeye Division of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.).

Location State Fish Habitat
Acton Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Saugeye
Alum Creek Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Muskellunge, Yellow Perch, Saugeye
Apple Valley Lake
Ohio Smallmouth Bass
Armco Park Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie
Aurora Pond
Ohio Black Crappie
Barnesville Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish
Barnesville Lake #4
Ohio
Barnesville Reservoir Number Three
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Rainbow Trout
Beaver Creek Upground Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Green Sunfish, Walleye
Belmont Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Saugeye
Belmot Lake
Ohio
Berlin Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye
Bresler Reservoir
Ohio
Bresler Upground Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Redear Sunfish, Walleye
Buckeye Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, Saugeye
Bucyrus Reservoirs
Ohio
Burr Oak Lake
Ohio
Burr Oak Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Saugeye
C.J. Brown Reservoir
Ohio
Charles Mill Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, Redear Sunfish, Saugeye
Clarence J Brown Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Walleye
Clear Fork Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Muskellunge
Clendening Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Black Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, White Perch, Redear Sunfish, Walleye, Saugeye
Cowan Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Tiger Muskellunge, Saugeye
Deer Creek Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Saugeye
Deer Creek Reservoir
Ohio
Defiance Reservoir
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Saugeye
East 72nd Street Fishing Area
Ohio
Mud Lake (3) (Steuben County)
Ohio
Oxbow Lake
Ohio Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Green Sunfish

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