Fishing

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Reel It In

Great Parks of Hamilton County manages four lakes that are ideal for fishing and boating. An Ohio State Fishing License is required to fish at each lake (except Lake Isabella and Campell Lakes Preserve) and may be purchased at most local sporting goods stores, or click here to buy Ohio Fishing Licenses from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Great Parks conducts fish population and creel surveys on its lakes to collect information about fish growth and populations.

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Fishing Sites

Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex
Armleder Park offers canoe access to the Little Miami River. 

Campbell Lakes Preserve
Campbell Lakes Preserve has four lakes for fishing by car top boat or from the bank. An Ohio State Fishing License is not required.

Lake Isabella
Lake Isabella offers fishing from the bank, dock and rental boat. Electric trolling motors are permitted. An Ohio State Fishing License is not required.

Miami Whitewater Forest
Featuring an 85-acre lake with boat rentals and licensed private boats up to 4 hp are permitted. Bank fishing is available.

Sharon Woods
The 35-acre lake has boat rentals and licensed private boats up to 4 hp are permitted. Fishing is permitted from a boat or at the fishing pier.

Shawnee Lookout
Canoe and kayak access to the Great Miami and Ohio Rivers. Bank fishing and boating should be done with caution due to shallow water in this area.

Winton Woods
The 156-acre Winton Lake has boat rentals and licensed private boats up to 6 hp are  permitted. Bank fishing is available.

Woodland Mound
A boat launching ramp to the Ohio River is open when river conditions permit. Bank fishing is also available. A Boat Ramp Launch Permit ($5 daily; $25 annual) is required.

 

Additional Fishing Sites
No fishing license is required at Triple Creek pond and River Hill Pond at Mitchell Memorial Forest. River Hill Pond is catch-and-release only. Fish caught at Triple Creek may be taken home.

Bank Fishing
Bank fishing on the Little Miami River is permitted at Bass Island, located at Little Miami Golf Center. Canoe access to the Little Miami River is provided at Bass Island and Lake Isabella.

Each lake includes designated bank fishing areas with Level 1 Accessibility ratings. Physically challenged anglers may also enjoy fishing at Mitchell Memorial Forest's River Hill Pond, also a Level 1 area.

Programs & Clinics

Fishing Programs
Lake Isabella offers fishing programs and clinics March-October. Youth and senior groups can take advantage of these programs for only $5 per person. Great Parks will provide you with fully-rigged rods and reels (up to 25) and a variety of live bait. Sessions must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by calling 513-791-1663.

Group Fishing Clinics
The Lake Isabella Family Fishing Center is accepting reservations for group fishing clinics. Schools, scouts, church groups, seniors and youth groups are all invited to spend an enjoyable day of fishing. For only $5 per person you group can fish all day, we'll also include fully-rigged rods and reels (up to 25), a variety of live bait, and an instructor if needed.

Fishing clinics should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by calling the boathouse at 513-791-1663.

Fishing Tournaments

General Information
The top three teams in each tournament, with the exception of the Holiday Kids’ Tournament, Bass League and Kid’s Fishing Derby, will receive boathouse gift certificates based on a percentage of the entry fees. Registration for all tournaments, except for the Bass League, begins one hour prior to the start of the tournament.

2014 Events Schedule

Tournament Rules

2013 Tournament Results

Fish Stocking Info

Great Parks of Hamilton County stocks thousands of pounds of adult fish annually. Farm-raised rainbow trout are stocked in March and October when lake waters are cooler. Channel catfish are stocked in the summer at each lake. Additional species include blue, shovelhead and bullhead catfish, as well as panfish and fingerling stockings of largemouth bass. Also being stocked are Yellow Perch. Great Parks of Hamilton County reinvests fishing fees collected at Campbell Lakes back into fisheries management.

2014 Stocking Schedule

2006-2012 stocking history