Fishing in Ohio's MWCD

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Fishing has been and continues to be one of the most popular activities at the reservoirs of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

Ten permanent lakes offer fishing environments that have developed individual "personalities" and attract anglers throughout the year.

Through a memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR), ODNR is responsible for all fish and wildlife management on Conservancy District lands and lakes. All hunting and fishing rules, regulations and license requirements of the State of Ohio apply.

The MWCD is an active partner with ODNR's Division of Wildlife and routinely meets with its staff members to discuss items of shared concern. Annual reports about fishing activities and fish stocking at the reservoirs are provided to the MWCD by the Division of Wildlife.

The MWCD also offers for sale detailed maps for fishing areas at its lakes. Maps are available for a fee from the MWCD main office at 1319 3rd St. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, by calling toll-free at (877) 363-8500, or by sending an e-mail.

Fishing, from shoreline or boat, is permitted on all MWCD lakes. Public launch ramps are located at each lake.

Fishing Maps
(Muskingum Watershed lake fishing maps are provided by the ODNR Wildlife Division)

Atwood Lake Pleasant Hill Lake
Charles Mill Lake Seneca Lake
Clendening Lake Tappan Lake
Leesville Lake Wills Creek Lake
Piedmont Lake  

 

Register a Marine Event or Fishing Tournament

Please use the Marine Event Application to register your marine event or fishing tournament. 

Fishing Rules and Regulations

Ohio fishing regulations may be found on the ODNR Fishing Regulations website

Fish Species

A general overview of the fishing available at the MWCD reservoirs is listed in the chart below.

Fish Species of the MWCD lakes