August 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy some quality time outdoors on Big Darby Creek, Ohio’s premier scenic river for a unique fishing event. We will see and catch fish on the Cline property along a beautiful section of Big Darby Creek near Darbyville, while learning more about the many fish which call this waterway home.

Bob Gable, Ohio Scenic Rivers Program Manager, will net samples of a variety of fish from the creek and place them in a live well on his boat so they can be viewed up close. A biologist recognized for his expertise on fish and mussels in Big Darby Creek, Bob will discuss the types of fish that live in the Big Darby including some rare species as well as game fish.

Fish Big Darby Creek anytime during the event. There are many good spots to cast along this section of the river. Note, we will be practicing catch and release.

This is event is open to all ages and skill levels. Take this opportunity for an enjoyable outdoor experience with any and all family members.

Time: We will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Come anytime you like in the morning and feel free to stay as late as 3:00 p.m. Bob Gable is planning to sample and discuss the fish of the Big Darby between 10 and 11:00. You can fish anytime or all of the time.

Location: The Cline property is located along Highway 316 on the east side of the creek, just across from Darbyville. The Google Map address for the event site entry point is 8701 Fivepoints Bloomfield Road (Highway 316), Darbyville. Please turn into the westernmost drive at the AOA sign and turn away from the house and barn to drive towards the river along the roadway. Signs will direct you to the parking location. Follow the road around the corn field to the far side. Please be careful to stay on the dirt road and not veer into the crop field. It is a pretty good ways from the property entry to the event spot so be patient.

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What to Bring: A desire to enjoy fishing, beautiful scenery and outdoor adventure on Big Darby Creek. Please bring your own fishing rod, tackle and bait. AOA will have a limited number of poles, equipment and bait available for those without. Bring your own drinks, picnic lunch or snacks, sunscreen, bug repellant, hat, water shoes or old sneakers, et al. Dress appropriately for fishing, the weather and having fun. Be prepared to do some wading in shallow water.

Rain / High Water Date: Please note that this event date is subject to change due to strong storms or high water conditions on the river. We will post event status information on the AOA FaceBook page if conditions require. We will also email everyone who opens the event details through our Constant Contact email distribution if any changes are necessary. For additional event information please contact Seth Rankin (937-728-4026 or rankins7@yahoo.com), who is managing this event. If postponed due to site or weather conditions we will make every effort to reschedule.