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Fishing in Ohio: Top Spots for Angling in the Buckeye State

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 03:52 PM

Anglers in Ohio have a huge array of fishing spots to choose from, and they range from tiny municipal lakes and small streams all the way up to one of the Great Lakes and the lengthy Ohio River.

While ambiance may play a role in determining the top spots for angling in the Buckeye State, a few stellar spots stand out for their quantity and quality of fish.

Here are six of the top spots for fishing in Ohio:

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1. Lake Erie: It’s the biggest of all fishing spots in the state and it’s also the most prolific. According to Game & Fish magazine, Lake Erie is world famous for walleye and smallmouth bass. It also was the home of the largest number of smallmouth bass 20 inches or longer reported to the state in 2012. Game & Fish says Erie's rocky shorelines and offshore reefs are why the fish population is so expansive. And now bucketmouth bass are growing in popularity thanks to clearer water that enables heat to reach deeper into the water.

2. Little Beaver Creek: This creek at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains (near the Pennsylvania border) is part of Beaver Creek State Park and features stunning scenery and 63 species of fish. Bass are especially popular with anglers.

3. Conneaut Creek: This creek is also on the eastern border of the state, near Pennsylvania, but it is on Ohio’s north shore and flows into Lake Erie. According to Destination 360, walleye, muskie, trout and bass can be found here, as well as steelhead from October through April.

4. Leesville Reservoir: Game & Fish lists Leesville Reservoir as one of the state’s “top ‘huskie’ muskie producers,” and advises anglers to show up in September for the best conditions. The reservoir is located near Leesville, close to Interstate 77 in the far eastern part of the state.

5. East Fork Lake: Game & Fish says that East Fork Lake has one of the state’s most consistent hybrid striper fisheries, and that makes this lake in Clermont County a good bet. It has 1,971 surface acres, six boat ramps, and is located east of Cincinnati. Summer is the best time here, as calm open waters prevail.

6. Berlin Lake:
Walleyes are prevalent at this lake, which is one of the state’s few with natural walleye reproduction, according to Game & Fish. There are 3,650 surface acres and this lake covers parts of three counties: Mahoning, Stark, and Portage.

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