There are many opportunities in Swanton and the surrounding areas of north-west Ohio for fishing enthusiasts whether you enjoy this as a relaxing hobby or are a keen competitor who wants to show off your skills. The state has around 1420 lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and other bodies of water to choose from however, whether you are a resident or a tourist visiting the region, you will be required to obtain a valid fishing permit for the area you have chosen for fishing. These can be purchased online or from various local outlets as well as some state parks and cost around $19 for an annual resident’s permit or $11 for a one day permit. It is strictly prohibited for anyone to remove fish, frogs, or turtles from Ohio waters without this state permit and that includes those fishing on private property such as privately owned lakes, ponds and reservoirs however in some instance fish may be removed without this license but not frogs or turtles. All anglers must have a valid license upon their person at all times as they may be obligated to show it on request at any time.
There are many different bodies of water close to Swanton, within easy access for anglers and if you are a visitor to the area you will find a great deal of local guides and information about fishing and resources in the region. The Delta Reservoir is one of the closest places for fishing and anglers will find a wide range of different fish in the waters here that includes Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Redear Sunfish, Saugeye and Smallmouth Bass. The Swanton reservoir is another popular area that is a favorite with many locals and it is deemed to be the best place to catch average to large sized Bluegill in particular but it is also very family friendly as there it has a spot allocated for children on the northeast side of the pond that is perfect for kids who love fishing. There are also a great many Bluegill to be found in Mallard Lake that is located within Swanton’s Oak Openings Metropark.
Bass is one of the predominant types of fish in many bodies of water in and around Swanton so it is probably no great surprise that there are many Angling Tournaments held around the state that involve catching this particular species. These include several organised by the Northern Ohio Open Anglers Association – for both individual and team entry – that are held monthly from April to August and the Mosquito Madness Two Day Open that is held in May annually with a $10,000 first prize. The Ksu La “Do Bass ” Series also runs team tournaments once a month during April, May, June, July and August. The Akron Bass Circuit is an annual event which is held on Portage Lakes in the new state park every Wednesday from the beginning of May until the end of August.