Posted by Christine on 3/20/2014
Fly fishing enthusiasts live all over the globe, there are good trout streams in many places you might not think. In Ohio, you can fish for rainbow, brown, or brook trout in a number of places. Central and south-central Ohio have a surprising number of trout streams, and in the north, the area around the Chagrin River has some prime catch and release spots as well.
South and South-central:
The Mad River runs between Bellefontaine and Dayton and has public access points near a number of small bridges. Its regular mayfly hatches, along with other plentiful insect hatches, make it a good choice for rainbow or brown trout.
Just north of the Capital city of Columbus, Ohio is the Clear Fork River. This river is now regularly stocked with brown trout by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and a particularly good and scenic access is at the covered bridge in the Mohican State Park.
One of the newest trout streams in Ohio is Clear Creek. It is near the city of Lancaster, Ohio, about thirty minutes southeast of Columbus, and a large part of the fishable stream is located in the scenic Clear Creek Metro Park. ODNR also stocks this with 6”- 8” brown trout.
North and Northeast:
Wooster, Ohio is home to Apple Creek, which is stocked regularly by Trout Unlimited with both rainbow and brown trout. It runs through Grosjean Park.
The Chagrin and Rocky Rivers, and their tributaries, in Medina County are where you find Ohio’s wild brook trout. The Chagrin tributary is thought to have the only remaining native brook trout population. In order to protect this population, fishermen cannot possess trout from these locations. A catch and release barbless hook system is recommended if fishing these rivers.
To fish any of the trout streams, or any fishable area in Ohio, a valid Ohio Fishing License is required. Guide services like Flatwater Guide Services are available to take visitors to all the best trout in the Buckeye state.