They say the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work, but why do you have to have  a bad day of fishing? That’s why we want you to be prepared for your fishing expedition to Marietta-Washington County. Below is a top 5 list of one mans preferences and experiences for fishing in Marietta-Washington County. By no means are these the only places you will catch fish, but these suggestions have something for everyone.

1. Devola Dam: The swift moving waters of the Devola Lock and Dam in the Muskingum River are home to the likes of channel catfish, walleye, striped bass, smallmouth bass and much more. fishing near the bottom of the river in this swift currents can be done from a boat or along the shore, but one thing is for sure you will catch a TON of fish.

2. Veto Lake: This 160 acre lake is filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and even a few walleye. Perfect for bank fishing, kayak fishing or a small bass boat. Just make sure that you aren’t using trolling motor as large horsepower motors aren’t permitted. The easiest way to find this lake is to turn onto Veto Road off of Route 7 right by where Catfish Paradise is. Follow the road about 8 miles and you will see the lake on your right.

3. The Little Muskingum River: The various portions of this creek hold a wide range of species that include smallmouth bass, spotted bass, sunfish, crappie, alligator gar and even a few muskie make their way up stream on occasion. Portions can be accessed by bank fishing but canoe or kayak is the best way to tackle these waters.

4. Inman Liberty Park: Located on route 550 behind the Warren Township Building, is a large public pond that is stocked with bass, catfish and sunfish. Although to small to provide kayak or boat fishing, all areas of the pond are accessible to bank fish.

5. Buckeye Park: Slightly larger than Inman Liberty Park this pond is located on the outskirts of Marietta on Greene Street. Stocked with catfish, sunfish and bass this large pond is ideal for easy access bank fishing with the family.