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Ohio Celebrates Inland Fishing Excellence at Alum Creek State Park


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, alongside the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), marked Ohio’s prowess in inland fishing during the fifth annual Inland Fish Ohio Day held at Alum Creek State Park on Saturday, April 27.

“Fantastic fishing opportunities abound throughout Ohio,” stated Governor DeWine. “Inland fishing offers an unparalleled experience, whether you’re angling for saugeye, crappie, bass, or catfish. I encourage all Ohioans to explore inland fishing this summer.”

The event, organized by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and Division of Parks and Watercraft, showcased the natural beauty and recreational offerings of Alum Creek State Park. Nestled in Delaware County, the park boasts 3,269 acres of water within Alum Creek Lake, making it a favored destination for fishing, boating, hiking, camping, hunting, and more.

“Alum Creek Lake is truly one of Ohio’s premier destinations for outdoor enthusiasts,” remarked ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “With its pristine waters and abundant amenities, the lake offers the perfect setting for a springtime adventure.”

Anglers visiting Alum Creek can take advantage of four public boat ramps, a marina, and over 60 miles of scenic shoreline. The lake is teeming with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, saugeye, and channel catfish, with annual muskie stockings enhancing the fishery.

In 2022, Ohio’s angling community contributed $5.5 billion to the state’s economy, as per a report by the Wildlife Management Institute, Responsive Management, and Southwick Associates. Approximately 1.7 million Ohio adults, constituting 18% of the population, engage in fishing activities.

“The Division of Wildlife’s ongoing efforts include stocking nearly 41 million sport fish across Ohio’s water bodies in 2023,” highlighted Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Our state fish hatcheries play a vital role in sustaining healthy fish populations, benefiting anglers statewide.”

For anglers seeking prime fishing spots, species-specific tips, forecasts, and recipes, the ODNR website offers a wealth of resources at wildohio.gov. Central Ohio residents can explore the Delaware Fishing Trail, providing diverse fishing opportunities close to home. Before embarking on a fishing excursion, anglers are advised to review the 2024-25 Ohio Fishing Regulations.

The Division of Wildlife remains dedicated to conserving and enhancing fish and wildlife resources for sustainable use and enjoyment by all. To learn more about their initiatives, visit wildohio.gov. ODNR continues to uphold a balance between resource conservation and responsible utilization for the benefit of present and future generations. Explore more at ohiodnr.gov.