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Site-specific Waters

Fishing Regulations Ohio Freshwater Fishing

Inland Lakes, Reservoirs, Rivers, and Streams

These regulations apply to the waters listed under the LOCATION column.

SPECIES

LOCATION

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Brook Trout • Chagrin River and its tributaries (Geauga County) • Rocky River and its tributaries (Medina County) Possession is prohibited
Crappie Reservoirs: Acton • Alum Creek • Berlin

• Buckeye • Caesar Creek • C. J. Brown • Clear Fork • Clendening • Deer Creek (Fayette and Pickaway counties) • Delaware (including the Olentangy River upstream to the Waldo dam, and Whetstone Creek upstream to State Route 229) • Dillon • East Fork • Ferguson • Grand Lake St. Marys • Griggs • Hargus • Highlandtown

• Hoover • Indian • Kiser • Knox • Loramie

• Madison • Mahoning River, from the dam at Lake Milton to the Mahoning-Trumbull County line, and between Berlin Lake and Lake Milton (Mahoning and Portage counties) • Metzger

• Lake Milton • Mosquito • Nimisila

• O’Shaughnessy • Paint Creek • Piedmont

• Pleasant Hill • Portage Lakes: East, North, Turkeyfoot, and West • Rocky Fork • Rush Creek

• Salt Fork • Seneca • Springfield (Summit County) • Tappan • Veterans Memorial

• West Branch Lakes

30 9 inches
• Killdeer Plains • Oxbow

• St. Joseph River Wildlife Area lakes

10 None
Largemouth Bass • La Su An • Resthaven Pond No. 8 Special limits are posted
Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass • Knox 5 18 inches
Adams • Blue Rock • Caldwell • Cowan

• Dale Walborn • Greenfield • Ohio-Erie Canal

• Hancock County Wetlands • Pine • Ross

• Rush Creek • Rush Run • Seneca

• Wellington Reservoir South • Zepernick Lakes

5 15 inches
• Acton • Findley • Hargus • Highlandtown

• New Lyme • Paint Creek • Salt Fork

• Lake Snowden • Silver Creek

• Upper Sandusky No. 2

4 fish split

daily limit

2 fish less than 15 inches, and 2 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches
All American Electric Power Company waters*

• Belmont • Guilford • Killdeer Reservoir and Killdeer Plains ponds No. 30 and No. 33 • Kiser

• Long • Oxbow • Spencer • St. Joseph Wildlife Area • Wingfoot • Tycoon • Wolf Run

3 fish split

daily limit

2 fish less than 14 inches, and 1 fish greater than or equal to 20 inches
• Burr Oak • Dow • Fox • Hammertown (Jackson City Reservoir) • Lake Rupert (Wellston City Reservoir) • Slope Creek (Barnesville No. 3)

• Turkey Creek

5 None may be

taken between

12 & 15 inches

Includes all AEP ReCreation Lands and Conesville Coal Lands. Avondale is closed to access.
Sunfish

(all species)

• Killdeer Plains • Oxbow

• St. Joseph River Wildlife Area lakes

10 None
All American Electric Power Company waters* 20

(singly or in combination)

None
Trout

(all species)

• Mad River and its tributaries • Clear Fork River and its tributaries • Clear Creek from the first Fairfield County Road 69 bridge (east of the junction of County Roads 26 and 69) to U.S. Route 33 bridge in Hocking County 2 12 inches
Walleye, Saugeye,

& Sauger

• Acton • Alum Creek • Atwood • Berlin

• Buckeye • C.J. Brown • Caesar Creek

• Ferguson • Findlay No. 1 & No. 2 • Lake Milton including the Mahoning River connecting Berlin Lake and Lake Milton • Indian

• Lake Snowden • Metzger • Piedmont

• Pleasant Hill • Rocky Fork • Seneca • Tappan

• West Branch Lakes

6 15 inches
Includes all AEP ReCreation Lands and Conesville Coal Lands. Avondale is closed to access.

MAUMEE, PORTAGE, MAHONING, & SANDUSKY RIVERS

The following regulations are in effect from March 1 to April 30, 2017.

No fishing with a line with more than a single hook.

The line may not have a hook larger than ½ inch from shank to point, or lure having more than a single hook larger than ½ inch from shank to point. Double and treble hooks are prohibited. These regulations apply to the following areas:

  • The Maumee River from the Grand Rapids Providence dam to a line in the Maumee Bay from Little Cedar Point to Turtle Island;
  • The Sandusky River from where the Toledo Edison power line crosses the river at the southeast corner of Rodger Young Park in Fremont to a line running ¼ mile east of and parallel to the full length of the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge in Sandusky Bay;
  • The Portage River from State Route 19 to the dam at Elmore;
  • The Mahoning River from the dam at Berlin Reservoir to Lake Milton.
  • Fishing is allowed only from sunrise to sunset in the following areas:
  • The Maumee River from the Ohio Turnpike bridge to the Old Waterville interurban bridge at the end of Forst Road in Wood County, and from the State Route 295 bridge to the Grand Rapids Providence dam;
  • The Sandusky River from where the Toledo Edison power line crosses the river at the southeast corner of Rodger Young Park in Fremont to the northern tip of Brady’s Island;
  • The Portage River from State Route 19 to the dam at Elmore;
  • The Mahoning River from the dam at Berlin Reservoir to Lake Milton.
  • Fishing is prohibited:
  • In the Sandusky River from the Ballville Dam to where the Toledo Edison power line crosses the river at the southeast corner of Rodger Young Park in Fremont.

 

PYMATUNING LAKE REGULATIONS

OHIO PENNSYLVANIA

Either an Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing license may be used when fishing from a boat; however, a Pennsylvania fishing license is required to take fish, frogs, or turtles from the shore of the Pennsylvania side or from any island. Fish cannot be filleted before the angler has completed fishing. Fish may be taken only by angling, except carp and suckers may be taken with longbow and arrow, or spears. Special regulations apply to frogs, turtles, tadpoles, minnows, and ice fishing — see the Pennsylvania regulations for specific information.

Pymatuning Lake anglers fishing in either Ohio or Pennsylvania waters may not use more than three fishing lines, whether fastened to a pole, a rod and reel, or hand-held. Anglers may use up to three hooks on each line.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Crappie 20 9 inches
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass 5 (singly or in combination) 12 inches
Muskellunge 2 30 inches
Walleye 6 15 inches
All other fish No Limit None