Check out these fishing spots in the Tristate that are ideal for fishing
You don’t need to be an expert to fish in the Miami Valley. There are many local and nearby spots good for both newcomers and life-long anglers.
Five Rivers MetroParks
Five Rivers MetroParks has several spots that are perfect for fishing. One such location is Possum Creek MetroPark at 4790 Frytown Road. The park allows guests to fish for free and without the use of a license. During the summer, the park’s fishing ponds and lakes, including Argonne Lake and Wildlife Pond, are stocked with catfish. Night fishing is also available on Friday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.
Cowan Lake State Park
Located about an hour away from Dayton in Wilmington, Cowan Lake State Park provides camping, swimming and boating, in addition to fishing opportunities. Cowan Lake, which covers 700 acres, offers bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and muskie fish. Guests must have an Ohio fishing license. South Shore Marina, near the lake, allows visitors to purchase fishing supplies and provides boats and canoes for rent.
Rocky Fork Lake
Rocky Fork Lake is about an hour and a half drive from Dayton in the city of Hillsboro. This 1,992-acre lake allows visitors to swim, boat and fish. There are several species of fish that can be found in the lake, such as largemouth bass, channel and flathead catfish, bullheads and carp. For those who are still learning, the Rocky Fork Lake website suggests the best bait to use for the various fish, as well as the best locations on the lake to catch them. The site also lists places to obtain a fishing license, as well as where to purchase fishing supplies.