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Did You Know Ohio Is Home to Amazing Spring Fishing?

Ohio has some of the best fishing around, from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.

Whether you want a charter to navigate the sometimes tumultuous Lake Erie, take a boat down the river, or head to your local lake, plenty of fish are waiting, okay, not waiting, but ready to be caught.

The spring temperatures are gradually warming the lakes and rivers across the state, encouraging favorites like Perch and Walleye to move into shallow water to spawn. Lake Erie tributaries like the Maumee and Sandusky Bay are excellent shorelines to fish and are favorites with experienced anglers.

Another favorite is Trout which are excellent catches in the spring. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) release 84,000 rainbow trout in 88 lakes and ponds across the state, making them plentiful for your fishing adventures. Visit the ODNR’s website for information on where trout stocking takes place.

Other great catches in the spring include large and small-mouth bass, catfish, crappie, and steelhead. The Chagrin and Grand Rivers are excellent for dropback steelhead in April. A dropback refers to a fish that has already spawned, is extremely hungry, and actively feeds.

While some anglers can spend thousands on gear, fish finders, and boats, it isn’t complicated. Fishing is as simple as grabbing a fishing pole, bait, and a tackle box, then heading out to the lake for some relaxing fun. It is only as complicated as one makes it.

Ohio is the perfect place to fish, whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner. Home to more than 160 species, there are types of fish for all anglers and every skill level. The only actual requirement is patience and luck.

For information on licensing and handicap-accessible fishing sites, visit ODNR.

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