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Fishing in Ohio, A brief look

About two-thirds of Northern Ohio skirts Lake Erie, one of the great producers of freshwater fish in the world. The Ohio River snakes along the southern borders of the state while the southern two-thirds lies in the Ohio Mississippi watershed.

Lake Erie by far is the number one fishing area for Ohioans and fishing visitors alike. With the fishing center being Port Clinton-Sandusky area in the northwestern part of the state. An island archipelago north of the two cities offers reefs, sanbars, and gravel bottoms for fish to spawn. Some of the popular fishing islands include South Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, North Bass Island, Kelleys Island. Yellow perch and white bass fishing tend to be plentiful in Lake Erie and can be found by the presence of screaming gulls overhead.

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Ohio Fishing Locations

Fishing in Ohio is the most prevalent in the following areas: Lake Erie, South Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, North Bass Island, Kelleys Island, Inland Lakes: Pymatuning Lake, Mogadore Reservoir, Muskingum conservancy, Buckeye Lake, Rocky Fork Lake, Great Lake, Clark Lake

Ohio Fishing Species

Popular Ohio fishing species include: Gamefish: walleye, muskellunge, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappies, bluegills, channel catfish, bullheads, suckers, carp.

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