The purpose of THE MAD RIVER ANGLER is to provide helpful information about one of Ohio's only trout rivers in the state.

**TAKE A VIRTUAL TRIP DOWN THE MAD!! Tom Martin (Professor at Wittenberg) spent three days on a downriver canoe trip of the Mad. The purpose of this trip was to update the Ohio Division of Watercraft guide for padlers. Visit his story at or navigate to his site through the Wittenberg University site.** Fly Fishing Graphic  (Static) 210x363

The Mad River is located in west central Ohio. The river flows out of Bellefontaine until it empties into the Great Miami River. The fish of choice for anglers that visit the Mad River are brown trout. Your first few visits to the Mad River can be frustrating searching for these elusive fish. However, don't let these Ohio brown trout intimidate you!

According to Dennis Bitton "Too many people talk about how smart a brown trout is. These fish have a brain smaller than a pea, like any other trout. They've been hunted with hook and line longer than any North American trout, and the instincts they've developed may make them harder to catch (sometimes) than other trout, but please don't call them 'smart'. Don't let them become aware of your presence, match what they are eating, when they are eating, and you'll discover the mythical 'wary old brown trout' can be caught by mortal man".

Here are some useful web sites to visit to get river conditions, stream reports, and additional information about the Mad River:

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This site last updated on March 24, 2003