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All about fishing in the Buckeye State

  • Alum Creek Lake, OH
  • Berlin Lake, OH
  • Caesar Creek Lake, OH
  • Clear Fork Reservoir, OH
  • Clendening Reservoir, OH
  • Grand Lake St Marys, OH
  • Hoover Reservoir, OH
  • Indian Lake, OH
  • LaDue Reservoir, OH
  • Lake Milton, OH
  • Mosquito Lake, OH
  • Piedmont Reservoir, OH
  • Pymatuning Lake, OH
  • Senecaville Lake, OH
  • West Branch Lake, OH

If you like fishing for big walleyes, monster smallmouth bass, big-and-plentiful crappie, the state of Ohio offers you some great fishing opportunities. Big lakes and reservoirs as well as small ponds and streams provide a day on the water (or ice) for some great fishing. Here, we concentrate primarily on the larger lakes and reservoirs in Ohio. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Ohio Lakes

Ohio major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each lake or impoundment.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in OH, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Acton Lake is a 625-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 2 miles east of College Corner.

Alum Creek Lake is a 3,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles north of Westerville.

Atwood Lake is a 1,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Dellroy.

Bass Lake is a 574-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 2 miles south of Chardon

Berlin Lake is a 3,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at North Benton.

Buckeye Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Buckeye Lake.

Burr Oak Lake is a 660-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 1 mile north of Bishopville.

C.J. Brown Reservoir is a 2,019-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 5 miles northeast of Springfield.

Caesar Creek State Park Lake is a 2,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Harveysburg.

Charles Mill Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Mifflin.

Clear Fork Reservoir is a 1,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Lexington.

Clendening Reservoir is a 1,800-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Tippecanoe.

Cowan Lake is a 690-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 8 miles southwest of Wilmington.

Deer Creek Lake is a 1,301-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Pancoastburg.

Delaware Lake is a 1,330-acre lake in the central part of the state, 5 miles north of Delaware.

East Fork Lake is a 2,100-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Williamsburg.

Findlay Reservoir covers 645 acres in the northwest part of the state, 3 miles southwest of Findlay.

Grand Lake St Marys is a 12,700-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Celina and St Marys.

Hoover Reservoir is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Galena.

Indian Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Lakeview.

La Due Reservoir is a 1,470-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, at Auburn Corners.

Lake Erie, with a surface area of 9,940-square miles, borders the northeastern part of the state.

Lake Milton is a 1,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Diamond.

Leesville Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 2 miles northeast of Leesville.

Mogadore Reservoir is a 1,104-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 8 miles east of Akron.

Mosquito Lake is a 6,500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Cortland.

Nimisila Lake is a 742-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 7 miles west of Greentown.

Paint Creek Lake is a 1,178-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 4 miles northeast of Rainsboro.

Piedmont Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Piedmont.

Pleasant Hill Lake is an 850-acre lake in central Ohio, 1 mile southwest of Perrysville.

Pymatuning Lake is a 14,600-acre lake on the eastern border part of the state, at Andover.

Rocky Fork State Park Lake is a 2,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Hillsboro.

Salt Fork Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 6 miles north of Cambridge.

Seneca Lake is a 3,500-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Senecaville.

Tappan Reservoir is a 2,100-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 2 miles north of Deersville.

West Branch Lake is a 2,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Ravenna.

Fish Species & State Records in Ohio

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 2 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 8 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 4 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 37 lbs 10 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 76 lbs 8 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 16.19 lbs

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 7.31 lbs

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 14.04 lbs

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 21.3 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 14.675 lbs

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 26.63 lbs

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3.28 lbs

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1.2 lbs

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 2.03 lbs

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 0.41 lbs

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1.10 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 3.58 lbs

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1.97 lbs

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1.32 lbs

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4.0 lbs

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 1.72 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2.86 lbs

Salmon

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 13.63 lbs

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Striper

World record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 37 lbs 2 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 11.69 lbs

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 6.25 lbs

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 25.0 lbs

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 55.13 lbs

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 22.78 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 31.64 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

Tall grass creates cover for baitfish and predator fish alike.

To learn more about fishing in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife website. Click here for an Ohio fishing license.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Ohio and other boating information.

State of OH Fishing Guides

We are also looking for information on local guides who offer services within Ohio. You can find a listing of OH fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide in Ohio or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

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Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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