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2023 OHIO HOTSPOTS FISHING PREVIEW



It's now time for all of us properly prep our gear and ready our schedule of top locations by specie to visit in the upcoming angling season. Utilizing the latest ODNR stats, long-time contacts from across the state, and ongoing input to both the Buckeye Angler Facebook and buckeyeangler.com sites.


BLUEGILL (includes redear, warmouth, sunfish, and pumpkinseed )

5. West Branch

4. Punderson

3. Buckeye Lake

2. Mogadore Reservoir

1. LaDue Reservoir


The Author with a dandy Bluegill

CRAPPIE

5.Mogadore

4.Caesar's Creek

3. Berlin Reservoir

2. West Branch

1. Mosquito Reservoir


A nice NE Ohio Crappie - photo courtesy Bad Mouth Fishing on Facebook

CATFISH

5. Mogadore

4. Mosquito

3.Ohio River

2. Clendenning

1. Piedmont


We never tire of seeing this mammoth Ohio River Cat

LARGEMOUTH BASS

5. LaDue Reservoir

4. Highlandtown

3.Mogadore

2. Lake Erie

1. Portage Lakes


Few anglers do it better than Ron Slater on the Portage Lakes

MUSKIE

5. Alum Creek

4. Leesville Dam

3. Clear Fork

2. Salt Fork

1. West Branch


Photo Courtesy of Ohio Muskie Guide Service

YELLOW PERCH

5. West Branch

4. Findley Reservoir

3. Pymatuning

2. Mogadore

1. Lake Erie


A typical Lake Erie Perch - courtesy Erie Times News

NORTHERN PIKE

5. Mosquito

4. West Branch

3. LaDue

2. Killbuck Creek

1.Cuyahoga River


Upper Cuyahoga River Pike - catchable even in the shallowest of water

SMALLMOUTH BASS

5. Cuyahoga River

4. LaDue

3. Alum Creek

2. Great Miami River

1.Lake Erie


Jack Kiser displays a Conneaut Smallie

TROUT

5.Mad River

4. Punderson Lake

3. Rocky River

2. Conneaut Creek

1.Lake Erie


Ohio Steelhead

WALLEYE

5.Mosquito

4. Pymatuning

3. C.J. Brown Reservoir

2.West Branch

1. Lake Erie


The Author with Bob Hanko of Cranberry Creek Marina on a great Spring day

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Jack Kiser is the long-time Outdoors Columnist and TV and radio host for the Record-Courier , Midwest Outdoors, Ohio Valley Outdoors, and Ohio Angler magazines, as well as WNIR , PBS, ONN, and Fox Sports.

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