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Gurth  
#1 Posted : Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:54:46 PM(UTC)
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Going to Columbus and will have a morning free to fish.

Ohio has like 5 trout streams as far as I can find. Three of them happen to be near C-Bus.

Anyone know anything about these or has anyone fished them?

Shot in the dark, I realize.

I've found some info through the Google and I'm likely to go to one if just for the novelty of getting a Buckeye trout or two.



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Gurth  
#2 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 10:56:19 AM(UTC)
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So... had to be back to the hotel by 10am and the stream was almost an hour away and sunrise wasn’t until 7:45.

Was gonna drive an hour each way to fish for just over an hour on possibly (likely?) an inferior waterway compared to what I’m used to back home.

Sounds good!

The “Angry” or “Crazy” River runs north to south about 40 miles west of Columbus.

Found the stream to be wide and shallow. Mostly about a foot deep over a solid substrate of broken cobble and packed sand.

Stream had been straightened for agriculture, so structure was mostly slightly deeper runs in the stream that were 2-3 feet deep. Water was nice and cold and clear.


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Managed to get one at the first of these runs...


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My first Buckeye trout! Mission accomplished.

Got another small brownie and lost one that went spectacularly airborne.

Came to a spot where I could follow the stream through what looked like at least 100 yards of featureless shallow water. Or... I could explore a medium trib that I was at the confluence of.

Took the trib. Good choice as the runs were a bit deeper.

Got another small one and came upon this...


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Best spot I had seen and looked like a Driftless caliber bend hole. Cast a few times and nothing. I’m thinking that there must be a trout as could see that the hole was likely 4 feet deep and there was good cover from the logs

Cast a few more times and eventually felt a tug and then another and then saw a shadow chasing my PM and then almost at my feet... it bit.

After a good fight in close quarters, landed this beauty...


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Getting this fish in these waters changed my opinion of the venture from good enough for the novelty of it all to epic outing in Ohio.


I was all like...


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Totally worth the effort and time.


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Gurth  
#3 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:12:59 AM(UTC)
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In conclusion, the water somewhat exceeded my expectations, especially due to having such a quality fish in it.

I figured I’d get a few fish, but honestly expected them to all be 8-12 inches.

On the way to Columbus, we scouted the river about 40 minutes and 30 miles downstream of where I went and it had me drooling. Lots of in stream boulders and long silky runs that looked to be 4-5 feet deep and would extend 30-40 feet.

If I lived here I’d definitely be down there finding bigs.

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#4 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 1:14:11 PM(UTC)
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This is an awesome report, thanks Gurth. It's always interesting seeing the reports and picturesof other Midwest streams outside of the driftless. Last year driving back through Arkansas it was fascinating just seeing the tailwater rivers they stock there.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 2:44:46 PM(UTC)
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Thanks and the primary reason I spent 3 hours to fish for 1 hour was just that. Wanted to see water in a completely different part of the country and see how my experience translated.

Wish I would have had more time as I was getting fish and the water was quite nice.

Have seen shows on those Arkansas tail waters and definitely want to get to them some day.
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#6 Posted : Monday, October 1, 2018 5:50:29 PM(UTC)
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Look how full his stomach is! He doesn't look like he misses many meals.
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