CLEVELAND (WJW) — It’s that time of year again — anglers are picking up their rods and tackle boxes and heading to the lakes and ponds of northeast Ohio.
With so many fishing holes to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the best spot for what you are looking for.
Fortunately, there are plenty of recommendations for where to drop your line for different types of fish.
According to Cleveland Metroparks, residents make more than 509,000 trips to fish in the parks each year. The district has 14 major fishing areas. Here are some Cleveland fishing spots and species that you can fish there:
— Hinckley Lake, Hinckley Reservation: This is the best place for largemouth bass in Cleveland Metroparks.
— Judge’s Lake, Hinckley Reserve: Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullhead and rainbow trout.
— Lake Erie, Huntington Reservation: Perch, yellow perch, white bass, channel catfish, bullhead, freshwater drum, walleye and rainbow trout.
-LLakeside, Hinckley Booking: Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, rainbow trout and channel catfish.
— Ranger Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation: Largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, crappie and rainbow trout.
— Ohio and Erie Canal: Bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and rainbow trout
— Rocky River East Branch, Mill Stream Run Reservation: Carp, suckers, bullhead, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, panfish and rainbow trout.
— Rocky River, Main Channel, Rocky River Preserve: Carp, bullhead, white bass, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Other fish species that may appear include salmon, northern pike, walleye, mutton, and yellow perch.
— Oxbow Lagoon, Rocky River Preserve: Largemouth bass, sunfish, white crappie and brown bullhead.
— Shadow Lake, South Chagrin Reservation: Largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.
— Wallace Lake, Mill Stream Run Reservation: Largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, brown bullhead, carp, channel catfish and rainbow trout.
Other Spots in Northeast Ohio
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says there are 25 different species in inland lakes and reservoirs, Lake Erie, the Ohio River, and other public waterways. The three most abundant popular species are largemouth bass, sageye and crappie.
The ODNR says largemouth bass are one of the most popular sport fish sought in Ohio’s inland lakes and reservoirs. They like frogs, crayfish, large insects and other fish, so lures that mimic that prey are good choices, says the ODNR. He also suggests using minnows or worms under a bobber near submerged vegetation.
Best Places in Northeast Ohio:
— Portage Lakes
— Mustique Lake
— Clear Fork Lake
— Upper Sandusky Reservoir
— Wellington Reservoir
— Mogadore Reservoir
The ODNR says sageye is stocked in more than 60 Ohio lakes and reservoirs. They are caught year round and are a favorite among Ohio anglers.
The Charles Mill Reservoir in Richland and Ashland counties is one of the best places for sageye in northeast Ohio. Other top spots in Ohio for sageye include:
— Indian Lake
— Buckeye Lake
— Alum Creek Lake
— Fort Salt Lake
— Caesar Creek
— Lake Atwood
Black-and-white crappie is native to Ohio, according to the ODNR, and is common in lake reservoirs, streams, and rivers. The ODNR recommends using lightweight gear with minnows, small jigs, or rubber worms.
Some of the best places to fish for crappie include:
— Mosquito Creek Lake
— Pymatuning tank
— West Branch Reservoir
— Lake Berlin
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