A Review of Blue Rock State Park in Ohio
Camping, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding and More
Blue Rock State Park offers a few hundred acres of woods and water for public use. The adjoining Blue Rock State Forest offers thousands more to find that perfect piece of peaceful relaxation that we all need in this hectic modern life.
Blue Rock State Park is home to Cutler Lake, a small man made impoundment. Cutler Lake offers a beach area for swimming, boating (electric motors only), and fishing. The lake is pretty shallow but contains great structure for fishing. Cattails and other plant life on the edges of the lake provide a great place to bass fish, as well as plentiful opportunities for bluegill, carp and catfish. Fishing weedless artificial lures and topwater baits can be especially productive in the shallows near the cattails and other shaded areas. As with all lakes, the small streams that flow into Cutler Lake are productive spots that should be fished. While Cutler Lake is pretty small it is narrow and provides a lot of shoreline for bank fisherman. The beach area provides a concession stand, restrooms, showers, and changing rooms.
The campground at Blue Rock State Park offers about 100 sites. During my visit there was not that many people camping. I can’t imagine that the large campground would be filled up too often, but making reservations is always a good idea. Some areas of the campground have a small stream running through it adding a nice touch (and perhaps a little background noise).
Blue Rock State Park offers some short hiking trails in the park. The adjacent Blue Rock State Forest offers miles of horseback riding trails. Blue Rock State Forest is a great place to hike for those who don’t need trails. Hunting is allowed in Blue Rock State Forest, so be aware of the hunting seasons and dress appropriately if hiking during hunting season. Even better, just go hunting.
There are numerous areas at Blue Rock State Park for picnicking. Large shelters are also available at Blue Rock for larger groups to picnic or hold reunions or other functions. There are picnic facilities near the beach on Cutler Lake. A separate area of the park offers another picnic location near an old fire tower. Regardless of the availability of picnic tables and other facilitates there are many nice areas to just throw a blanket down and set up your picnic.
Blue Rock State Park also offers a variety of nature programs and other activities, especially during the summer months.
Fishing is beyond a trade; it is not just a means of livelihood for professionals; it is a way of life, a means of expressing one’s love for nature. Fishing’s got soul, that connection between the line, the hook, bait, fish, and fisherman; fishing is just great.
But finding the right bait to express this love can be a little tricky – especially with the hundreds of companies running adverts on baits here and there. So, why spend a fortune on baits that may not be ‘appealing’ or effective for fishing when I can spend just a few dollars and get incredible results?
The home-made boilies are just perfect for result-oriented fishing. Finding the right ingredient, mixing them well, and cooking to perfection brings out an irresistible aroma no fish can reject. I first got to understand this when I found that fishes can perceive smell – even deep inside the water. So, the right blend of dry dog food, crushed pineapple, soy flour, eggs, oil, and water would do the magic.
Mixing all these in a blender and boiling for a few minutes is as simple as ABC; air drying them for just two hours gives these fish food a hard feel capable of staying on the hook for a considerable length of time without dissolving. It is simple, straightforward, and a very affordable way of getting those fishes to your hook.
Carp bait method of finding fishes is even simpler than most people ever thought. A lot of us have been made to believe that fishing baits must be synthetic or bought from a store; that is not one hundred percent true. Simple homegrown sweetcorn is an unbelievably irresistible means of setting your hook to make that catch.
The texture, the taste, and the color of the corn all combine to make a fantastic bait.Carp fishing bait doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated in making; all one needs is just a little ingenuity. Another wonderful bait is the tiger nuts. These produce such a strong aroma that the fishes cannot resist. One single nut can attract a school of fish to your hook; so make sure you line is strong enough to pull out once it starts shaking.
If these options above doesn’t suit you, try some other methods. You can try something popular and very, very effective – hemp. Yes, hemp! Just as they get humans ‘high’ and hungry, they also have the tendency of producing very strong aromas that fishes love. Remember that there are a lot of leaves and shrubs in the river or lake; therefore, the fishes are used to seeing these things. But with the distinctive smell of hemp, it can produce amazing results in minutes. A handful of hemp in the lake, pond, or river would send them ‘gaga’ and very hungry; so any bait you set on the hook would surely bring in the ‘goods.’
If you have a passion for fishing as a hobby, or even professionally, these methods above can be really worth your while – especially because you don’t need to spend much to make them. So, get off the couch and go-a-fishing!
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