Metro Parks
Catch some fishing fun this summer at your Metro Parks

Fishing on Big Darby Creek in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. Photo by Frank Kozarich

Check out the following fishing hotspots.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Big and Little Darby Creeks are among the top sport fishing streams in Ohio and a great place to catch smallmouth bass, crappie, suckers, catfish, sunfish and bluegills. The navigability of both streams makes it ideal for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Battelle Darby Creek features a canoe access point just off Alkire Road, south of the main park entrance.

Battelle Darby Creek also features the 14-acre Osprey Lake near the Village of Darbydale, just off Harrisburg Georgesville Road. The lake is open daily for fishing and is stocked with bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass.

Clear Creek Metro Park
Anglers can picnic alongside the stream at Clear Creek Metro Park and fish for bass and brown trout as well as enjoy fishing from two docks at Lake Ramona. Fishing access signs along Clear Creek Road mark places where you can pull over to park and walk to the creek.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park
The crystal clear old quarry ponds at Darby Bend Lakes and Beaver Lake are a real treat. You can catch some BIG largemouth and smallmouth bass, nice sized perch as well as typical panfish, catfish and crappie. Big Darby Creek runs right beside the park so if you're not having any luck at the ponds you can walk over and try the creek. This summer the park is hosting late night fishing programs on June 27, July 25 and August 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the lakes. Non-motorized boats are allowed on two of the lakes.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Anglers may catch a variety of fish including largemouth bass, channel catfish, suckers, and carp. The park features a boat  launching ramp and three fishing docks. Check with area bait shops for the most recent conditions and fishing tips.

Three Creeks Metro Park
Bluegill, bass and crappie are plentiful at Heron and Turtle ponds as well as along the creeks. Last year someone even caught a 4-foot paddlefish just below the confluence of the creeks.

Sharon Woods, Slate Run and Chestnut Ridge Metro Parks feature ponds where kids 15 and younger can enjoy a fishing adventure.

Visitors do need a valid Ohio fishing license to fish in the rivers or streams.