fishing tournaments

5 Tips for Your Next Fishing Tournament

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District offers dozens of tournament opportunities for amateur and avid fishermen (& women)!

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District


If you enjoy or think you might enjoy fishing at one of the beautiful lake parks this summer, why not sign up for a fishing tournament? Many of the MWCD lake parks host fishing tournaments throughout the summer for the general public. First time entering a fishing tournament? Check out these tips!

Tips on How to Fish

  1. Match your lure to the water. If the fish aren’t biting, change the color.
  • Green water? Try lime or chartreuse
  • Clear water? Go with white
  • Darker/brown water? A root-beer colored lure might work best
  1. Get gear & lures appropriate for your fish size.

  2. When trolling (boating slowly while you tow lures behind the boat), make sure your lures are swimming in a lifelike manner. You also want to make sure you’re using sharp and new hooks!

  3. The best time for fishing is early in the morning and later around dusk.

  4. Do some research before you head out. Know what kind of fish you’re looking for, which type of gear you will need, and what the fishing laws are in your county or park!

Upcoming Tournaments:

Looking Ahead

Various Fishing Tournaments at Multiple Lake Parks

Coffee with the Chief at Atwood Lake Park – May 20

90th Anniversary Public Open House at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum – June 3

Race Brimstone 10 Mile & 5k Race at Atwood Lake Park – June 17

Coffee with the Chief at Marina Point – June 17

Ohio Boater Education Course for Kids at Pleasant Hill Lake Park – June 20

Coffee with the Chief at Clendening Marina – July 7

Receive program alerts straight to your phone, by texting the appropriate keyword below to 888777


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.

Audrey Mattevi, Reporting

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