Get Hooked on Fishing in the Great Miami Riverway!

Are you ready to catch the big one? Look no further than the Great Miami Riverway! This picturesque river system stretches over 99 miles and is home to some of the best fishing in the state of Ohio. In particular, the Great Miami River is an ideal spot for catching smallmouth bass.

The Great Miami Riverway is a prime fishing destination for both amateur and professional anglers alike. The river is home to an abundance of smallmouth bass, which are known for their strong fighting spirit and acrobatic leaps out of the water. These fish can grow up to 20 inches in length and weigh up to 6 pounds, providing a thrilling challenge for any angler.

To get started, you'll need a fishing license, which can be easily obtained online or at a local bait and tackle shop. Once you have your license, head to one of the many access points along the river, such as Island MetroPark in Dayton or Rentschler Forest MetroPark in Butler County. From there, you can wade into the river or launch a kayak or canoe to explore the different sections of the riverway.

When it comes to fishing for smallmouth bass, there are a few tried-and-true techniques to keep in mind. First, use light to medium-weight tackle, such as a spinning reel with 6-10 pound test line. Smallmouth bass are known for their quick and sudden strikes, so be sure to keep your line tight and your rod tip up.

In terms of bait, smallmouth bass are partial to live bait such as worms or minnows, as well as lures such as crankbaits or jigs. Try casting near rocky outcroppings or other structures, as smallmouth bass tend to congregate in these areas.

But fishing in the Great Miami Riverway isn't just about catching fish. It's also about enjoying the great outdoors and taking in the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings. Along the way, you may spot a variety of wildlife, including herons, beavers, and even bald eagles.

So why not grab your gear and hit the river for some fishing fun? Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, the Great Miami Riverway has something for everyone. So come on down and join the fun!

Registration open soon for the 2023 GREAT Miami Riverway Fishing Challenge!

Hosted on June 17 - August 13 - the 2023 GREAT Smallmouth Bass Fishing Challenge is a family-friendly, virtual fishing tournament.

This is a catch and release tournament only. Anglers can fish anywhere on the Great Miami River. There is no better river for smallmouth bass fishing! Win prizes for your record catch. During the tournament, anglers will use the iAngler Tournament app to photograph their catch and record basic information while on the water. All Ohio fishing regulations apply. Unlimited number of fish entries. 

For complete rules and to register for the tournament: