The Ohio River Scenic Byway is a sportsman’s paradise with abundant fishing opportunities all along the winding road. Public fishing areas are so plentiful along our waterways you’ll have your choice of river, lake or stream angling.
In Columbiana County, enjoy stream fishing at the Beaver Creek State Park, where you’ll find smallmouth bass and rock bass. Hybrid striped bass and sauger can be caught from the shores of the Ohio River at the Hannibal Pool.
Shawnee State Park near Portsmouth hosts two well-stocked lakes providing good catches of largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and trout. Fish the Ohio River alongside and behind the locks at the Meldahl Dam for a good selection of bass, stripers, sauger, white bass and channel cats.
In the Wayne National Forest, the Leith Run Recreation Area features shoreline fishing along the Ohio River. The popular attraction offers many complementary recreation and camping activities. Nearby is the Belleville Pool at Willow Island where healthy populations of game fish, especially walleye, sauger, and black bass thrive. In Marietta, catfish, white bass, and hybrid stripers can be found in the Muskingum River.
Plentiful catches of crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish can be found at the Forked Run State Park in Meigs County. An excellent catfish pool can be found at the Robert Byrd Dam near Gallipolis in Gallia County.
People fish the whole length of the river. Fishing areas in this region are Aberdeen landing, Ripley landing, White Oak Creek Marina, Chilo Launch Ramp, New Richmond. They also fish up the creeks feeding into the river. There are many fishing tournaments in Brown County.