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The City of Dublin has built several parks that offer fishing access to the Scioto River, and Donegal Cliffs is rumored to have several great holes for smallmouth and rock bass. (The rock bass here are said by some to reach gargantuan size.) I fished yesterday at the right place but the wrong time. Several guys had stringers full of catfish, but I nabbed only a couple smallies and sunfish during the heat of the day.

If you're interested in checking it out, park in the lot and walk past the tennis courts to a multi-use trail. It leads down to stone steps and a small dirt bank that should still be exposed this weekend. There's an overgrown, unimproved path leading north and south. You can wade in at numerous spots along the way.

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Holes and riffles with rocky bottoms can be accessed by wading or walking the path. Fishermen were having luck with crayfish and creek chubs. I caught everything on a chartreuse streamer fished down and across the riffles. I'm still trying to find the legendary holes everyone talks about.

A few safety tips: The bottom is super slippery and the current can be deceiving. Wade slowly, facing upstream with proper boots. A felt sole often helps feet grip smooth mossy rocks. After rain, the current won't be safe, so check the weather.

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Got a favorite fishing spot? Let me know.