Surrounded by the quiet landscape of the Monroe Lake Wildlife Area, Monroe Lake is an excellent bass fishing spot where anglers can escape the crowds and enjoy some of southeast Ohio’s best fishing.
Size: 39 acres.
Depth: 33 feet.
Location: Monroe County, about 15 miles south of Barnesville.
Access: Shore access is limited, but Monroe Lake Wildlife Area maintains an camping area with shore access at the southern end of the lake, just off State Route 800. A boat launch is available near the north end of the lake on Main Cross Street.
Predominant Fish Species: Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish.
Special Regulations: Boats are restricted to 10-horsepower on Monroe Lake. Statewide fishing regulations are effect, and a valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Fishing Tips and Tactics: Monroe Lake is fairly deep for its size, which allows it to maintain quality fishing year-round. The best bass fishing takes place in spring and fall, when big largemouths hunt around shallow weeds and wood cover. Summer finds bass heading to deeper water, but you can still find them near shallow cover in the morning and evening. Jigs, topwaters and soft plastic creature baits are effective for bass. Bluegill inhabit weedy cover throughout the lake, often biting wax worms and red worms below a bobber. Crappies are not abundant in Monroe Lake, but they congregate around shallow brush in spring, making them easy to find. The Ohio DNR stocks channel catfish every other year.