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Important Fishing Lakes and Ponds Terms

Fishing on lakes and ponds is a relaxing activity that can be done in a backyard or on vacation. Some people may live on a private pond where they can fish at their pleasure. Others may enter fishing tournaments or take their boat on a public lake periodically. Anglers can also fish for carp and trout in other locations. These environments include rivers, dams and reservoirs. When fishing, anglers will use a variety of hooks and baits depending on the type of fish they are after. If you're interested in having a better understanding of these fishing lakes and ponds, it helps to know the lingo. Below are some popular terms that will help.

  • Fishery – A fishery is a term used to describe a lake, reservoir or stream where people can catch fish, such as trout or bass. These may include both private and public bodies of water.
  • Snagging – Snagging is a method to catch a fish while jerking the rod.
  • Sonar – Sonar is the equipment used to locate the presence of fish and other objects underwater.
  • Terminal Tackle - Terminal tackle is a term used collectively to describe sinkers, lures and other gear that goes at the end of the line.
  • Catch and Release – Anglers who catch and release will catch a fish and immediately release it back into the water. While some state fishing regulations require anglers to practice this fishing method, some do it for sport or to conserve resources.
  • Farm Pond - A farm pond is a small man made body of water.
  • Bait Fish - Bait fish is when smaller fish are placed on a hook and used as bait for predatory fish. This type of fishing is often regulated and used during sport fish.
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    Busch Family Fish Farm
    15030 Lock Two Road, Botkins, OH 45306
    A Family-Friendly Pay Lake Clean, park-like facilities. Catch-and-release fishing for farm-raised hybrid bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.
    (937) 693-3640
    Highland Lakes Incorporated
    2850 Mcafee Rd, Hillsboro, OH 45133
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    (937) 927-9103
     
    User Review: "Very good paylake I dont know what people mean the owners seem very respectful and the lake is always in good condition the..."
    Triangle Fishing Lakes
    7427 Franklin Madison Rd, Middletown, OH 45042
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    (513) 422-0948
     
    User Review: "Caught 6 fish 5 flatheads 1 channel nice size too hooked a big one I would say 50 + pounder fought for about 10 mins and..."
    Wild Bills Fishing Lakes
    6932 Greenbush Rd, Somerville, OH 45064
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    (937) 787-9061
     
    User Review: "Third time here,last time no bites cost to much.Seen nobody ever catch anything"
    Rainbow Lakes
    3491 State Route 235, Fairborn, OH 45324
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    (937) 318-5757
     
    User Review: "First of all these are the people who have been asked to leave for not respecting the rules of the lake, that keep it safe..."
    Beaver Lake
    1550 Pumphouse Rd, Springfield, OH 45503
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    (937) 324-1891
     
    User Review: "I've fished beaver for years and ever since the son took over the fishing has been lousy. When the father ran he stocked..."
    Tj's Fishing Lake
    13493 New Harmony Shiloh Rd, Mount Orab, OH 45154
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    (937) 444-3658
     
    User Review: "The fishing is really slow compared to how it was years ago"
    Paul's Fishing Lake
    1680 Greenbush West Rd, Williamsburg, OH 45176
    We run a family fishing lake and offer snacks and beverages as well as bait and tackle. The lake is 1/4 mile around with great fishing in any spot.
    (5) Reviews Write a review
    (513) 724-7945
     
    User Review: "I absolutely love this place! the owner takes excellent care of his lake. The fish fight which I think is really cool....."
    Fishing at Country Cove Villag
    27123 Apple Max Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149
    Country Cove Village is a safe and fun family fishing park. We are in our 5th year of teaching families to appreciate fishing while enjoying the outdoor environment.
    (740) 407-0476
    Adventure Lakes & Camping At Paul's Paylakes
    8600 Versailles Southeastern R, Bradford, OH 45308
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    (937) 448-2504
     
    User Review: "Lots of 10 to 25# shovelhead good time day or night. I have personally done better in the day. Needs some more stocking of..."
    Lake Erie Fishing Report
    1172 Ridgeview Rd, Seven Hills, OH 44131
    We are here to help fellow lake erie fishermen get the best fishing report. Fishes are love for fishermens, and that's the reason they enjoy hunting them.
    (440) 915-4100
    Lake Monroe
    7308 Linn Rd, Middletown, OH 45044
    (513) 777-9851
    Lake Butler Fishg Lake
    7505 W Chester Rd, West Chester, OH 45069
    (513) 777-3110
    Sunnybrook Conference Center & Trout Club
    1104 Fremont Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870
    (419) 625-8353
    Cedar Fishg Lake
    6444 Smith Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
    (513) 575-0124


    Fishing lakes and ponds are located all over the country, and are commonly used for year-round recreational fishing, as well as tournament events. While most lakes and rivers are public, some ponds are private reservoirs for trout and bass fishing. It simply depends on who owns the reservoir or water source. As you likely know, ponds and lakes have been used for fishing purposes for many centuries now. In fact, many of them are kept stocked with an array of carp, bass, and trout year-round for this purpose. While some people like the process of angler fishing with a rod and line simply for sport or the game of it, others prefer to catch and trap fish for food purposes. Either way, it is often important to have a license in order to do any local fishing. Unless you have a private reservoir or pond, you typically need a license, regardless of the season. Like hunting, there is a system of order when it comes to this sport. For instance, it is important to release or throw back fish that are too small. When visiting public fishing lakes and rivers, it is common to take along a rod and reel, a tackle box, a map of the river or area, extra fishing line and plenty of hooks and bait. You may want to use the internet to gather more information on local rivers, ponds, dams, and private resort environments for fishing. This is also a simple way to learn more about quality fly fishing rods, reels, and hand line fishing, which is done without a pole.
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