Bass Fishing Near Dayton Ohio

Fishing Spots in Dayton Ohio

If you don’t know where to fish or what spots to target, bass fishing around Dayton Ohio can be frustrating. Ohio alone is a tough state to fish for bass in anyways, I’ve always heard “If you can catch bass in Ohio you can catch them anywhere else”, not sure if it’s true, but there are tough days and good days. I hope you find some fishing pleasure in my group of lakes and maybe even a memorable fish.

Cedar Lake – Carriage Hill

Cedar Lake (Carriage Hill Metro Park) is a place I love to fish in in Northern Dayton.

It is considered a “sleeper lake” because of the large Bass that have been caught here. However, it is also a highly pressured lake.

What does this mean? What does this mean?

My method of success is to use a Big Joshua swimbait on a 1/4-inch jighead. It should be swum 3 to 6 feet below the water surface.

My biggest fish has been 2 pounds and 3 ounces. However, I have heard of fish that weighed 5 lbs. One of my favorite spots to cast is at the front of the lake. There is a rocky outcropping that acts as a natural pier. I cast left or right to catch bass there, but if nothing strikes there, I will usually cast to the backside.

Although I have seen some topwater frogs on the rock wall, I have yet to get them to bite my frog. Carriage Hill allows you to wade in the water at certain parts of the lake. I wouldn’t go too far away from shore though, because I don’t know how deep the lake is.

A few anglers have had success wading in the area where trees block casting. Kayaks can also be used on the lake. As this article is being written, I am still waiting for my first kayak.

This alone could open up new areas around the lake that might hold Bass. There is a wooden dock on the lake, but I have not seen much of it.

While there are many species of fish in Cedar Lake like Blue Gill and Crappie, the most popular is the bass. If you’re ever in North Dayton and would like to spend a day fishing, take a look at Carriage Hill. You can also enjoy the beautiful views and chase the fish around. You can Ice fish this body if you’re in winter. It could be fun. You might even see me trying it. We’re looking forward to seeing you out there.

Huffman Reservoir

Huffman is another fishing spot that I have been enjoying for the past few years. This is largely due to my wife who also enjoys fishing. The first time I went there, I must admit that it was not an enjoyable experience. It was almost like we were drinking chocolate milk. We left empty-handed. The lake is nearby and I was an angler who believes in never giving up, so I returned several times to check out other areas.

The Mad River flows into Huffman and, as any angler will tell you, this is where the best fishing can be had. It was a beautiful, 1 lb 9-ounce fish that I caught on a bizarre rig. We met an angler while fishing near the river’s edge. He swam across to a section we hadn’t considered and sat down on a chair.

On my next trip, I fished at my usual spot for a while, caught one, then I threw on my waders and went to the area where the other angler went. Then I went even further when I saw that the land area across from me had an open area to cast from. There are many spots at Huffman that you can fish, all with the current. My excitement grew when I saw that the lake had both smallmouth and largemouth bass.

From the shoreline, I also noticed that the lake isn’t too deep. There is also debris in the lake. This made me want to fish there. Guess what? Kayaks, canoes, and canoes allowed. I will be looking at the piles for more information.

It is also possible to fish the Mad River starting from Huffman. You can either fish it from wading or casting from the shoreline. I know of many anglers who love to fish up and downstream the Mad River for Smallmouth. I can’t fault them. They fight harder than any largemouth.

A little east of Dayton, near Wright Patt AFB Huffman, is a lake with running water that ranges from chocolate milk water to stained water. It also offers decent fishing.

You can fish from the lake, canoe, or kayak along the shoreline, and spend a day angling. You can find them all within a short distance from the city. There are many places to visit, but not all that produce bites. Give Huffman Reservoir an opportunity. Spend a day there with your kayak or float tube.


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My supervisor, who fishes at Cabelas, recommended it as one of the best places to start bass fishing. My daughter and I tried to go a few times, but she was too bored and claimed that it wasn’t for her. Bass must be released after catching bass in this lake. However, she can produce some beautiful fish. My personal best was at this lake at 21.5″ and 6 lbs 8 ounces.

That September day was like a child in a candy shop. I was so excited. They come in different sizes, from 1 pound to over a pound. The best spots are on the backside of the lake. There is a dock about 10 feet from the shore that can be cast with grass flats. You will also find small bass in areas around the lake, which are covered by cattails at various points.

I was also told that there are 455-gallon cans submerged in the lake at 4 different locations. But, I’m not sure exactly where they are. The front left corner is a wooden pier that can be used by anyone to fish from. It measures approximately 30-40 feet in length. My main bait of choice was a Texas-rigged Senko worm. However, any bait will work here.


There have been anglers looking for catfish in the area, so I believe there is a population. It appears that water is flowing into the lake from two possible places from the South East. I’m not sure if these are water runoffs or creeks. It does however add water replenishment to this lake.

This body of water has been a while since I fished it. It is a bit farther for me to get there but it’s still on my bucket list. It is actually in Beavercreek Ohio.

You might not find the perfect fish depending on the Solunar charts and weather conditions. However, it is a great place to relax and fish for a relaxing day.

Eastwood Lake

Eastwood Lake is another spot that can be used for fishing, but you will need to have a kayak or a boat. This lake was once home to the Dayton Hydro Bowl Boat Racing. It’s now used for recreational sailing, fishing, and kayaking.

This lake is home to a good number of smallmouth. It has been relatively clear for most of the time, at least on the days that I have been there. Blue Lake, a small lake that is full of fallen timber, is right next to it. It was also quite clear from what I saw. Any chance of fishing in either of these places is worth the effort.

Kiser Lake

My next two lakes are about 45 minutes away from Dayton. One lake has great fishing and if you’re looking to camp for a weekend, you can. You can pull off the side road near the dam to fish there. I have caught many nice hybrid strippers there.

A gravel walkway leads you to the park’s western side, where there are sunken Christmas trees that provide a fish habitat. This lake is only allowed for rowboats and kayaks.

This lake is home to largemouth bass Crappie and Blue Gill as well as the hybrids mentioned above. This is a great place to spend the day, or camp out for a weekend to fish. It will provide many memories and possibly a trophy.

West Harbor Lake Erie

West Harbor, Lake Erie, is located about 3 hours north of Dayton. You will likely need a boat and be driving for approximately 3 hours. This water was a great place to fish with the may Bass club.

It’s possible to throw almost any bait out there and catch bass, Senkos or Crankbaits. You might even be able to catch a walleye with a crankbait, as I did. The best way to catch bass was to use a Senko with a weird rig pitched at different break walls and shore areas. This seemed to produce the largest number of fish for me.

It didn’t really matter what color they were choosing. I also used a blue square bill crankbait with a blue gill color to catch the fish. My boater and I ended up 3rd among 5 teams that week, but we had a great time fishing and couldn’t care less about finishing last. We had a great time just catching fish.

If you are heading north to Erie, take a boat and plan to fish in West Harbor for a few days. I guarantee you will have a great time fishing this harbor and the surrounding waters.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.