Nestled at the edge of the Appalachian foothills in southern Ohio, Adams County is home to several outstanding fishing lakes and streams, with opportunities to catch big bass, feisty bluegill and numerous other fish species.
- Adams Lake – Spanning 47 acres within Adams Lake State Park, Adams Lake is a man-made reservoir with populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and carp. The state park provides a small launch ramp and ample shore access, along with picnic areas and hiking trails. While not known for producing giants, Adams Lake rewards anglers with reliable numbers of fish, and a restriction to electric motors and non-powered boats makes it a quiet spot for a relaxing fishing trip.
- Ohio Brush Creek – Ohio Brush Creek flows southward through the entire length of Adams County, emptying into the Ohio river at the southern border. The creek is an excellent smallmouth bass stream, with lots of deep holes and rocky shores that hold fish. Catfish, panfish and a few walleye are also available. Easy access and prime fishing is available at the Route 73 and Route 41 bridges. Wading is possible in many areas, and the river is excellent for floating.
- Mineral Springs Lake – The deep, clear, spring-fed waters of Mineral Springs Lake harbor abundant largemouth bass and some of the biggest bluegill around. Big ‘gills in the 7- to 9-inch range are common, with excellent fishing around drop-offs and coves. Bass don’t get huge here – expect lots of fish right around the 12-inch mark – but you can catch lots of them on topwaters and soft plastics.
- Ohio River – With the Ohio River forming its southern border, Adams County offers access to one of the best fishing spots in the Buckeye State. The river is known far and wide for its big catfish, but you can also find largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish walleye and many other species. Access is available in Manchester, Ohio, and the two nearby islands are among the best spots around.
Before you head out to any of the best fishing lakes in Adams County, be sure to pick up a current Ohio fishing license. Licenses are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website, and at most bait and tackle shops across the state.