Best Kept Fishing Secrets in Metro Parks

The fishing decks at Buzzard’s Roost Lake at Slate Run Metro Park are perfect for casting out for bluegill and largemouth bass. Photo/Mark Van Horn

With so many beautiful lakes, ponds, creeks and rivers sprinkling the landscape of Metro Parks it can be a daunting task to find a good spot for catching fish. Is this lake overfished? Are there even fish in this part of the creek? Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure is here to make finding the perfect fishing spot a whole lot easier with these tips and tricks on what makes a good fishing hole.

When searching for a good place to drop your line, take a look at the water itself. Are there deep holes for fish to swim in, plant life, or fallen logs? These all make great habitats for bass, bluegill, and many other species of game fish. If the water seems too shallow then it probably isn’t a good spot for any large fish and if there isn’t any vegetation to provide shelter they most likely have moved on to a better home! Keep these things in mind when you’re out scouting.

A perfect day revolves around floating downstream and fishing the clear waters of Big Darby Creek that run along Prairie Oaks Metro Park. Photo/Mike Fetherolf

Some of our favorite spots include Buzzard’s Roost Lake at Slate Run Metro Park for the young fishers in your family, Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park (especially for those who fish from a kayak or canoe) and for more adventurous fishermen and fisherwomen, check out the Scioto River at Scioto Grove Metro Park. With lots of logs, vegetation and current, the river along the park is a perfect spot to try fishing for bass, bluegill and even saugeye!

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