Ohio Brown Trout
Brown trout in Ohio can be caught year round.
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.
Fish the right flies.
Below are hand-picked flies that are great for trout fishing.
Soft Hackle (Yellow)
BH Bloody Mary
Bring the right gear.
Below are some great gear recommendations for trout fishing.