Fishing

Duck

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. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

Campbell Lakes Preserve
Campbell Lakes Preserve has four lakes for fishing by car-top boat (such as canoes, kayaks and jon boats) or from the bank. Motors are not allowed. Bass and northern pike are catch-and-release only; bluegill, yellow perch and crappie are limited to 10 each, per day. An Ohio State Fishing License is not required.

Lake Isabella
The 28-acre pay lake is stocked weekly (March-October) and offers fishing from the bank, dock or rental boat. Electric trolling motors are permitted to use with rental boats. Personal watercrafts, such as canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on the lake. Lake Isabella also has a full-service boathouse. An Ohio State Fishing License is not required.

Miami Whitewater Forest
The 85-acre lake with boathouse offers row, pedal, motor and pontoon boats and kayaks for rent. Licensed private canoes and kayaks are permitted. Electric and gas motors up to four horsepower are permitted to use with rental boats or private canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is also available. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

Sharon Woods
The scenic 35-acre Sharon Lake has a boathouse with row, pedal and pontoon boats and kayaks for rent. Licensed private canoes, kayaks are permitted. Electric and gas motors up to four horsepower are permitted are to use with rental boats or private canoes and kayaks. Fishing is permitted from boats or fishing pier. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

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. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

Winton Woods
The 156-acre Winton Lake has a boathouse that offers row, pedal, motor and pontoon boats; kayaks; and canoes for rent. Licensed private canoes and kayaks are permitted. Electric and gas motors up to six horsepower are permitted to use with rental boats or private canoes and kayaks. Bank fishing is also available. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

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. An Ohio State Fishing License 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 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. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

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