When people from out of town ask me to describe the best thing about Columbus, my answer never wavers: I can get from Capitol Square to a very good fishing hole in less than 30 minutes.

When people from out of town ask me to describe the best thing about Columbus, my answer never wavers: I can get from Capitol Square to a very good fishing hole in less than 30 minutes.

My favorites come and go, and it's currently a small section of riverside green just off State Rt. 315.

If you've ever biked the length of the Olentangy Greenway Trail, you've been to Worthington Hills Park. It's basically the place where you turn around. There's not much to it except a few picnic tables, a map of the bike path and a loop of asphalt.

Except if you fish.

For anglers, this is one of the southernmost places to wade the 22 miles of the Olentangy River designated as a State Scenic River. It's also the first entry north of I-270, a point at which development drops off substantially and Ohio greenery begins to line the banks uninterrupted.

Those who prefer to fish from the banks will find some exposed boulders about 100 yards south along the path. You can cast from there into a decent pool, but the real beauty lies the other way.

As they often are, waders will be rewarded.

Heading north of the small foot trail directly east of the greenway map, you'll encounter wide sections crosscut by riffles, as well as deep holes along the banks. Towering sycamores, oaks and cottonwoods provide the shadier sections fish prefer in the summer heat.

Within a half-mile, you'll be standing beneath the 100-foot bluffs of Hutchins State Nature Preserve, a large swath of Highbanks Metro Park that gets bare minimum foot traffic.

Bad luck or not, this is one fishing trip where I'd advise you to bring your camera.

Pools, downed trees, gravel-lined islands and river bends provide plenty of places for smallmouth and rock bass to hide. They thrive above a floor of rocks, gravel and large slabs of shale. Minnows and crayfish are common, so you've got plenty to work with lure-wise.

You have to do some serious wading on this trip, so plan to get there early and stay late. It's definitely worth an entire day.

Find fishing holes, hiking trails, bike paths and more at the Ohio Adventure Map, columbusalive.com/venture.