Ohio Brown Trout

Season

Brown trout in Ohio can be caught year round.

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A Mad River Outfitters Staple.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife stocks “catchable” rainbow trout (10-14 inches) during spring in lakes and ponds and streams in the fall and brown trout (6-9 inches) during October in Clear Creek, Clear Fork River and the Mad River. Catchable rainbow trout are stocked to provide immediate fishing opportunities for a short period of time and these fish are expected to remain the size they were when they were stocked. Habitat in Ohio waters generally prevents rainbow trout from surviving through the summer in these waters.

Brown trout are stocked to provide longer-term fishing opportunities since they are stocked at smaller sizes and expected to survive a number of years after stocking. Brown trout have a 12" minimum in the stocked locations. Most anglers do not consider brown trout to be a harvestable size until they measure at least 12 inches. Trout fishing in Ohio is maintained solely through annual stockings since rainbow and brown trout are not native to Ohio and our habitats do not promote natural reproduction. All guide trips are catch and release.

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Ohio Fly Fishing Guides offers professional guide service for Brown Trout here in Ohio.

We offer guided trips for brown trout on both the Mad River near Dayton, and the Clearfork of the Mohican River near Mansfield. Our season runs year round and some of our best fishing occurs during the winter months.

Float Trips are available in our AuSable River or Drift boat on the Mad or Rafts on the Clearfork. Walk-in trips are also available at any time!

Float Trips

  • 1 - 2 Anglers

  • AuSable, Drift boats and rafts used on Mad River.

  • Rafts used on Clearfork River.

$475.00

Walk & Wade Trips

  • 1 - 2 Anglers

  • $100.00 per additional angler (3 anglers max)

$395.00

Fish the right flies.

Below are hand-picked flies that are great for trout fishing.

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Dry Flies

Adams

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Soft Hackle

Soft Hackle (Yellow)

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Nymphs

BH Bloody Mary

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Streamers

Mini Dungeon

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Bring the right gear.

Below are some great gear recommendations for trout fishing.

Rods

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Reels

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Technical Gear

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Accessories

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