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Five Rivers MetroParks contain numerous opportunities for quality fishing in lakes, ponds and rivers.

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Fly-fishing in the Twin Creek • Photo © Jim Witmer
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Stillwater River – A national and state scenic river. A premier smallmouth bass fishery: Map

Little Miami River – A national and state scenic river. A premiere smallmouth bass fishery.

Mad River - Excellent trout fishing between Springfield and Bellefontaine. Becomes a smallmouth bass stream south of Springfield.

Twin Creek - Fish including bass, crappie and bluegill.

Great Miami River – Excellent warm water species fishery with smallmouth and largemouth bass, panfish and catfish

MetroParks lakes: Carriage Hill, Eastwood, Possum Creek, Englewood (North Park), Huffman, Germantown

 
 
 


Fish in These MetroParks

Carriage Hill
Fish without a license and free-of-charge from the banks of both Cedar Lake and North Woods Pond. There is a catch and release program on all sizes of bass. Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored. Several crappies over 1.5 lb. were captured in Cedar Lake at Carriage Hill MetroPark and sunfish in the 6-9 inch range are also abundant.

Eastwood
Try your luck in Eastwood Lake, Blue Lake, the lagoon or the Mad River. An Ohio fishing license is required at all sites except the lagoon and Blue Lake. The cold, clear water of the Mad River makes it the only river in the Dayton area where trout can be caught. Eastwood Lake is stocked with saugeyes and channel catfish fingerlings from the Division of Wildlife. Eastwood Lake also has a good population of large bluegills.

Englewood
Fish the lake, pond and river. Martindale Road Pond at Englewood MetroPark is the best location in MetroParks for total numbers of crappies. The best places for trophy largemouth bass are the ponds in the north part of the park. For those interested in smallmouth bass, the pool below Englewood dam yielded several fish in the 14-16 inch range during surveys. An Ohio fishing license is required. Ice fishing is permitted off Old Springfield Road, but ice conditions are not monitored.

Germantown
Fish in Twin Creek for a variety of fish including bass, crappie and bluegill. An Ohio fishing license is required. Also fish in Sunfish Pond without a license. Twin Creek is an excellent smallmouth bass stream.

Huffman
Both the Mad River and Huffman Lake provide good fishing. Bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie can be caught. In addition, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass are sought in the Mad River. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Possum Creek
Fish, free-of-charge and without a license, in ponds and Argonne Lake. There is a 14-inch minimum size on bass and a six-fish limit per day. The ponds are stocked on the first Friday of each month. During warm months, the ponds are stocked with catfish. Night fishing is available until 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Trout is introduced to the ponds during cold months (typically December through February or March). Non-motorized boats are permitted on Argonne Lake. Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored.

RiverScape
Enjoy good river fishing in the Great Miami River. The Mad River is also just steps away. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Sunrise
Enjoy good river fishing in the Great Miami River. One of the more popular spots is at the point where the Wolf Creek spills into the Great Miami. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Taylorsville
Enjoy good river fishing in the Great Miami River. One of the more popular spots is just below the dam. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Twin Creek
Fish in Twin Creek for a variety of fish including bass, crappie and bluegill. Twin Creek is an excellent smallmouth bass stream. An Ohio fishing license is required. Also fish in Dogwood Pond and Lake George; no license is required for these catch-and-release only locations.

Wesleyan
Enjoy good river fishing in the Wolf Creek. The creek supports a variety of fish including spotfin shiners, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and rainbow, green, fantail and Johnny darters. An Ohio fishing license is required.

 

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Five Rivers MetroParks is excited to work with local outdoor specialty shops that form the backbone of a thriving outdoor recreation community.

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The greater Dayton area and surrounding region is privileged to have dozens of outdoor oriented clubs ready to help you Get Out & Live! Contact these clubs to find more area residents interested in fishing:

What to fish for:

Smallmouth bass
Find the best fishing in pools below riffles. The best baits are lures that mimic crayfish or minnows, the natural prey of bass. Of course, live crayfish and minnows are also very effective. For fly fishing: Use an 8.5 to 9-foot, 5/6 weight rod and a floating or sink-tip line. Flies: Pick from clouser minnows, wooly buggers, zonkers, crawfish patterns, white flies, or Sneaky Petes.

Largemouth bass 
The best fishing areas are in slow-water areas, near structures like logs. The best baits are plastic bait that look like bait fish, such as shiners. For fly fishing: Use an 8.5 to 9-foot 5/6 weight rod, and a floating or sink-tip line. Flies:  Large, 3- inch clouser minnows, wooly buggers, zonkers, bass bug poppers, Sneaky Petes, decievers, mouse patterns. Terrestrial patterns are good bet in summer; choose from grasshoppers, spiders, or beetles. You may need an 8-weight rod to cast the larger flies.

Bluegills/Rock Bass 
These fish can be found in deeper pool areas in slower water. The best artificial baits are small spinners or flies, and the best live baits are worms below a bobber. For fly fishing: 8.5 to 9-foot, 5/6 weight rod, use a floating or sink tip line. Flies: Nymphs are best; use stonefly and mayfly patterns, attractor dry flies, mini buggers, small crawfish and clouser minnow patterns. Terrestrial patterns are good bet in summer, including grasshoppers, spiders, beetles , lady bugs, bees, or ants.

Channel catfish 
You’ll find these in the deeper pools and are best caught at night. Sure-fire bait to nab these are nightcrawlers or chicken livers. For fly fishing: 8.5 to 9-foot, 5/6 weight rod, use your sink-tip line. Flies: Use nymphs – stonefly and mayfly patterns, mini buggers, small crawfish and clouser minnow patterns. Dark brown and black patterns are good options.

Sucker species 
These fish are found throughout the river, but most easily caught in spring and fall when the water is cooler. Depend on a small live worm fished on the bottom of the river for your bait. For fly fishing: 8.5 to 9-foot, 5/6 weight rod with sink tip line. Flies: Stick with nymphs – stonefly and mayfly patterns, mini buggers, small crawfish and clouser minnow patterns. Dark brown and black patterns are good options for suckers, too.

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