Ohio Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  160

State Sportfish:  none

Notable Records:  a 3lb 9oz. redear sunfish from Licking County, a 31lb 10oz. tiger muskie from Turkeyfoot lake, a 22lb 6oz. northern pike from Lyre Lake, a 4lb 8oz. black crappie from a private pond

Fishing Regs:  See the official regulations here.

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $19.00 $40.00
1-day $11.00 $11.00
3-day N/A $19.00

For more info. on fishing licenses click here.

Quickcast:  What Ohio lacks in large lakes and ponds within the state it makes up for in rivers.  With 82 rivers and creeks in the state its not surprising to hear that there’s plenty of fishing going on in the Buckeye state.  In the Northwestern portion of the state is the Maumee and Sandusky Rivers where fishermen look forward to the walleye and white bass that inhabit this system.  To the east is the Cuyahoga River where smallmouth are abundant as is northern pike, largemouth bass, white bass, bluegill and crappie.  In the Central region of the state is the Olentangy River where this river has been known for smallmouth for decades.  Further east is the Licking River where a good deal of largemouth and smallmouth bass can be found.  On the southern border is the Ohio River which can be a great place for largemouth and smallmouth, sauger, walleye, white bass. striped bass and several catfish species.  On the opposite side of the state to the north is Lake Erie where sportsmen look for walleye, yellow perch, white bass, smallmouth bass and steelhead.  Lastly is the Great Miami River in the Southwest and this 162 mile long river is mostly known for its smallmouth fishery.