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Fishing the Muskingum Watershed

Every river and lake in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has its distinct personality and attracts anglers for a variety of reasons throughout the year.

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

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.

Fishing Maps

Up-to-date Muskingum Watershed lake fishing maps are provided by the ODNR Wildlife Division. Visit the ODNR Interactive Fishing Map, download a PDF of your preferred lake, or purchase a detailed map of fishing areas at each of the MWCD lakes. Maps are also 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.

Atwood Lake

Pleasant Hill Lake

Seneca Lake

Charles Mill Lake

Leesville Lake

Tappan Lake

Clendening Lake

Piedmont Lake

Wills Creek Lake

Register a Marine Event or Fishing Tournament

To schedule a fishing tournament please visit ODNR fishing tournaments here. You will need to select and purchase a package option listed in the Marine Event guidelines, before the first tournament request can be approved. To schedule a Marine Event that is not a fishing tournament please use the Marine Event Application found below.”

Fishing Rules and Regulations

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

Fish Species

Over a dozen sought-after fish species call the MWCD lakes their home. If you’re looking to fish for a specific species, consult the chart here to find the lake(s) where these species live.


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