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Big catch: Prime fishing locales in Ohio

There are many different fishing spots around Columbus, Ohio.

There are many different fishing spots around Columbus, Ohio.

If you are an avid fisherman, you won't have to worry about giving up your habit when bringing your moving boxes to Ohio. The state is the home of many different freshwater options, meaning you could have plentiful options for angling. Whether you prefer rivers, lakes or reservoirs, there is likely something perfect for you in the Buckeye State.

Seneca Lake
When in Akron, head south less than two hours, and you will arrive at Seneca Lake. This could be a good place to start your Ohioan fishing adventures, as it has a wide array of local fishing options. According to USA Today, you can get catfish, bluegill, crappie and bullhead. These are all naturally in the waters, but the state government also works to make sure you can't get enough of saugeyes and stripers, as these are regularly stocked in the area. Getting here is easy, as you only have to get off of Interstate 77.

Ohio River
While hanging out at a lake can be a great way to fish, there are much larger water areas in the state. One of these is the Ohio River, which stretches along the Buckeye State's eastern border. According to Livestrong, this river is covered in smaller bodies of water - such as ponds - that link together. These areas have a sizable amount of fish, and can be found throughout much of the river's stretches. If you favor fishing for smallmouth bass, this may be a good spot to start, as it is one of the more common options on the river. This also is the home of many channel catfish and saugers, which could keep you busy.

Hoover Reservoir
If you are in Columbus going to school at Ohio State University, or you just like living in a college town, there may be a fun spot to fish nearby. The Hoover Reservoir may be used as a watershed area for the city, but according to USA Today, this is a very popular area for local fishing enthusiasts. Juvenile suugeyes are supplied by the state in order to keep the population high. This is one common fish in the reservoir, but there are multiple other options such as smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegills, among others. If you plan to take a boat onto the water, it needs to be one that has a low level of horsepower.

Lake Erie
One of the largest bodies of water bordering the state is a member of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is a popular fishing spot for many Buckeyes, as it has a sizable population and variety of fish. According to Livestrong, it is the home of smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. If you want to get the full fishing experience on this lake, it may be best to try to get to the deepest parts. There are boats that can be chartered for the fishing furthest from the shores.

Delaware Lake
Another spot that may be attractive to anglers in Ohio is the Delaware Lake. Located approximately 45 minutes north of Columbus, this spot has plenty of different fish types to try your luck with. According to USA Today, the lake is the home of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. However, there are plenty more here such as white bass, catfish, bullhead, bluegill and crappie. It is easily accessible for those who like to stick to the shore when testing the waters, but those who want to take boats can use ramps and docks available.