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Types of Fish in Ohio

Blue Catfish
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Steelhead Trout
Striped Bass
Sunfish
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Perch

Ohio’s abundant waterways are teaming with trout, bass, salmon, walleye, muskellunge, bluegill, and more varieties, making it a productive state for fishing. A stream goer may find many a quiet niche, but there are plenty of rivers and lakes to accommodate the discerning sportsman or sportswoman. Ohio can accommodate anglers, set lines, ice fishing, spear fishing, you name it!

The muskellunge is a fish worth noting in this state. Muskellunge are regularly stocked in Ohio’s lakes and reservoirs, such as; Clear Fork Reservoir, Grand River, Salt Creek and Piedmont Lake (home of the state’s record muskellunge). With an increase in efforts by the state three decades ago muskellunge fishing in Ohio is better than ever, so bring your heavy tackle and come join Ohio’s Huskie Muskie Club!

If bluegill are your game you may be inclined to set out to the Hoover Reservoir, Big Darby Creek, Buckeye Lake, Piedmont Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Erie, and far too many more to list as they are well distributed throughout the state.

Trout is a popular fish found along the various rivers, streams and lakes, although Ohio is not well known for its trout fishing. Troutline, floatline and bankline usage is regulated to include all streams and a handful of other locations (with maximum limits). For troutlines in Lake Erie a special class of license is necessary.

With the main and western shore of Lake Erie, Ohio can provide fine trout, walleye, steelhead, pike and yellow perch fishing. There is little question what the Bass Islands within the lake are known for, too. Some catfish can also be found within Lake Erie, Buckeye Lake, as well as some of Ohio’s rivers or deeper streams.

If you would like a large lake without going to Lake Erie, try East Fork Lake which has a variety of bass, crappie, catfish and many others. The East Fork Lake has a lengthy depth, as well as many coves to slip away to.

There are many site-specific laws exist that require minimum lengths and/or a maximum catch number (including the following but this is not a complete list: Lake Erie and its tributaries, Pymatuning Lake, Lake La Su An and the Ohio River, Maumee River, Portage River, Mahoning River and Sandusky River). Removal of brook trout from the Chagrin River, Rocky River, and the tributaries of both aforementioned rivers, is banned under Ohio’s fishing laws. Recently Ohio has fine tuned their bass fishing laws, so familiarize yourself with new changes. It is advisable to check fishing regulations for your intended location before setting out.

Persons interested in fishing require a license if they are over sixteen. Social security numbers are also necessary to obtain a fishing license of any kind. Resident fishing licenses are available to those who have lived in Ohio for six months, or members of the Armed Forces stationed within Ohio. Non-residents are invited to use one day, three day, and annual licenses, or to apply for a special one day charter license available for purchase before a charter trip.

With so many state parks free, accessible fishing can be found within this state (also, state park lakes are occasionally stocked with game). To let everyone try out their fishing Ohio has yearly Free Fishing Days where anyone can fish – license or no license!
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Al-Char Lakes


Al-Char Lakes, just 1 miles from Mason, Ohio, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Al-Char Lakes include Maineville, Loveland and South Lebanon. If Al-Char Lakes doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Pine Run, Davis Run, Union Run, Simpson Creek, Bear Run, Hoff Run, Salt Run, Hen Run, Muddy Creek and Ertel Run.
Closest Cities : Mason 1miles, Maineville 4miles, Loveland 4miles, South Lebanon 5miles, Montgomery 6miles


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Albon Lake


Albon Lake, just 2 miles from Holland, Ohio, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Albon Lake include Maumee, Whitehouse and Perrysburg. If Albon Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Cairl Creek, Wolf Creek, Crooked Creek, Reitz Run, Gale Run, Blue Creek, Mosquito Creek, Ai Creek, Delaware Creek and Tontogany Creek.
Closest Cities : Holland 2miles, Maumee 3miles, Whitehouse 5miles, Perrysburg 5miles, Waterville 5miles


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Asher Lake


Asher Lake, just 3 miles from Farmersville, Ohio, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Asher Lake include New Lebanon, West Alexandria and Gratis. If Asher Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Wysong Run, Lesley Run, Bantas Fork, Coffman Run, Lick Run, Toms Run, Diehl Run, Price Creek, Garber Run and Aukerman Creek.
Closest Cities : Farmersville 3miles, New Lebanon 3miles, West Alexandria 4miles, Gratis 6miles, Germantown 8miles


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Bailey Lake


Bailey Lake, just 1 miles from New Haven, West Virginia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Bailey Lake include Syracuse, Racine and Hartford City. If Bailey Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Jessie Creek, Bowman Run, Carleton Creek, German Fork, Wolf Run, Little Broad Run, Broad Run, Seaman Run, Permonkey Creek and Sliding Hill Creek.
Closest Cities : New Haven 1miles, Syracuse 1miles, Racine 2miles, Hartford City 2miles, Mason 5miles


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Bailey Lake


Bailey Lakes, Ohio is location on Bailey Lake. It's a great lake for both resident and visiting anglers to land a lunker! Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Bailey Lake include Savannah, Ashland and Polk. If Bailey Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Clear Creek, Orange Creek, Leidigh Mill Creek, Town Run, Lang Creek, Jamison Creek, Whetstone Creek, Brubaker Creek, Buck Creek and Friends Creek.
Closest Cities : Bailey Lakes 0miles, Savannah 1miles, Ashland 5miles, Polk 7miles, New London 9miles


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