Beyond being the birthplace of flight, home to dozens of astronauts, and one of the first cities to be lit by electricity, Ohio is known for its fishing. Anglers who fish in Ohio have over 50,000 lakes and small ponds to choose from and can catch anything from catfish to northern pike to walleye. Entrepreneur, and Ohio fishing fanatic Ryan Tevepaugh graciously took the time to provide his shortlist of the most desirable fishing locations in Ohio.
The first, and most obvious location on the list is Lake Erie. Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America and is the eleventh largest globally when measured in terms of surface area. Lake Erie is known for walleye and perch fishing, and you can access fishing points from many towns across northern Ohio.
Lake Erie is also a popular location for bass and steelhead fishing, and is generally fishable for three out of the four seasons: spring, summer and fall. Ryan Tevepaugh explains that with options like charters and multiple onshore fishing sites, the possibilities are endless to enjoy the fruitful Ohio Great Lake. There are even places available that offer fishing equipment rentals, giving anyone the chance to experience Lake Erie.
This next body of water offers a plentiful selection of fish for any angler: the Ohio river. With a range from walleye to hybrid striper and everything in between, Ryan Tevepaugh says you never know what you are going to catch. The Ohio river is also one of the best places to catch catfish; the most common catfish species in the Ohio River sport fishery are channel cats, flatheads and blue catfish. Flatheads can reach 100 pounds, but 20 to 30-pound fish tend to be the average.
The Ohio River also contains an abundance of white bass, the most frequently caught native game fish in the river. According to Game and Fish magazine, fishing in this river is particularly best in the Willow Island, Hannibal and Pike Island pools.
The Hoover reservoir is another great fishing spot that is known for their catfish. Located northeast of Columbus, less than ten minutes away, the lake has healthy populations of channel catfish and flatheads. The original purpose of the dam was as a water source for Columbus, but today it is more of a popular fishing spot. Ryan Tevepaugh explains that the best spots to fish on the lake are near the dam and the southern basin for bass. In addition, fishermen also find channel carp, bluegill, smallmouth bass and other types of fish in the waters.
Last but not least, is Seneca Lake. Located in Eastern Ohio, Seneca Lake is one of the largest public fishing lakes in the state. In 1940 the lake opened to the public for fishing, and the dam on the lake was added in 1938 to create a stable water source. You will primarily be able to find striped bass and saugeye, but you’ll also find bullhead, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie in the waters. According to the Ryan Tevepaugh spinners and night crawlers are best for fishing these waters.