Where and How to Fish the Olentangy River

Fishing the Olentangy Slides

Central Ohio native Michael Merz has been fishing since he was 8 years old. His mantra is “Think globally, fish locally!” A former officer of Ohio Smallmouth Alliance, Michael is a Wastewater Pretreatment Specialist for Columbus, where he performs Ohio EPA Stormwater and Wastewater compliance inspections within the city.
On April 2 Michael discussed where, how and why everyone in Columbus should fish the lower Olentangy River. The link above shows the slides Michael used. The topics include locating fish, “gradient controls”, dam removal projects and habitat improvement efforts, available species and distribution, inexpensive tackle setups and fishing from canoes/kayaks.

The Olentangy River through the Lens of George Anderson

Long time FLOW member and professional photographer George Anderson has been canoeing and photographing the Olentangy River for some time now. Come join FLOW as he shares his unique view of our river and some of the amazing wildlife that call it home. Be ready to enjoy some wonderful “eye candy” and surprising perspectives of a river most people never see.

We will have a RAFFLE for FLOW t-shirts, a COMPOSTER, and a few other prizes, and we would love for you to participate!

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

When and Where:
Monday, March 7
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Veritas Community Church
345 E 2nd Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Experiencing the Olentangy by Boat

Postcard of the Lake House at Olentangy Park, 1911.

Postcard of the Lake House at Olentangy Park, 1911.

Do you drive over the bridges of the Olentangy day after day and admire its beauty? Do you see kayakers and canoers? Have you ever wondered, “how can I do that?”

Lisa Daris, an urban environmental optimist and owner of Olentangy Paddle will be the guest lecturer at the next FLOW public meeting, Monday, February 1 at 7 pm (address below). Lisa will talk about experiencing the river in a boat! She will give pointers about where to put-in, where to take-out, and share insights about the wildlife and changing health of the Olentangy.

We will have a RAFFLE for FLOW shirts and a few other prizes, and we would love for you to participate!

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please let us know if you intend to make it out!

When and Where:
Monday, February 1
7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Veritas Community Church
345 E 2nd Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Fishing

Fishermen on Olentangy River

Fishermen on the Olentangy River
© George C. Anderson

The Olentangy River has a history as a fishing destination. Early in the 1900’s the Olentangy was known to sport fishers as a haven for small mouth bass. Although sport fish populations declined in the middle of the century, small mouth bass and other game fish have become more abundant in recent years. Fly fisherman are gradually becoming a common sight on the river once again.

In general, fish on the Olentangy are considered safe for human consumption, but some restrictions and precautions do apply. If you have questions, check the Ohio Sport Fish Consumption Advisory.

For more information:
Central Ohio Fly Fishers

Hiking and Biking

Turkey Run © George C. Anderson

Hiking and Walking

Sometimes the best way to explore the watershed is by walking through it. If you venture into our local parks, you’ll discover steep-banked ravines and shale outcroppings, Adena Indian Mounds and historic cemeteries. During the spring, spectacular wildflowers bloom, and during the fall the woodlands explode into yellows, oranges, and reds. It’s all there waiting to be found.

If you want to adventure with us, check FLOW’s calendar for upcoming events!


Biking

Cyclist on trail © MORPC

The paved Olentangy Multi-use Trail runs along the Olentangy River 12.75 miles from Worthington south to Broad Street in downtown Columbus. The path supports a wide range of recreational opportunities along the river, all while offering the chance to enjoy fresh air and exercise in a unique, natural setting.

The Olentangy Trail