Fishing rod

An angler casts with a fishing rod.

COLUMBUS -- Fishing isn't just a great way to spend time with friends and family outdoors, it's also an inexpensive and ethical way to eat fresh, wild-caught fish.

The Division of Wildlife manages the fisheries of 124,000 acres of inland water, 7,000 miles of streams, 2 1/4 million acres of Lake Erie, and Ohio's portion of 481 miles of the Ohio River.

For the benefit of approximately 2 million anglers and other resource users, the Division manages water areas by improving spawning habitat, installing fish attractors, stocking, implementing fishing regulations, and incorporating structural features to improve fish habitat.

To maintain a variety of fishing in Ohio, the Division operates six hatcheries which annually propagate up to 30 million fish. Some of the primary species produced are walleye, saugeye, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, and rainbow trout.

All this work to manage healthy fish populations is what makes fishing opportunities so fantastic in Ohio.

Obviously, one of the most popular fishing spots in the state is Lake Erie.

Whether you're fishing out of your own boat or participating in a charter trip, fishing opportunities abound on Lake Erie.

The latest Lake Erie fishing information is recorded weekly and is available by calling 1-888-HOOKFISH.

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