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Salt Run

Warren County, Ohio.

Salt Run midpoint in Maineville, Ohio.

Salt Run ends in Maineville, Ohio.

581 feet (177 meters)

7.58 miles long (12.20 kilometers)

About The Salt Run

About Salt Run, OH

Salt Run is located within Warren County, Ohio. It has an elevation of 581 feet above sea level.  The river starts in Morrow and flows 8 miles through and ends in Maineville. The nearest water bodies to Salt Run are Hen Run and Ertel Run. Salt Run was named for the salt lick or mineral lick along the river course. 

Salt Run is also near Testerman Park, which offers a walking trail, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, tables for picnic, shelters, and outdoor grills. The park was named in memory of William Testerman, the township’s clerk at the time of his passing.

Salt Run is able to be reached if anglers travel via Butterworth Road, Maineville Road, and Zoar Road. 

Salt Run Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Salt Run, OH

Salt Run is surrounded by salt licks or minerals used by animals to support their proper nutrition and development. The most popular species caught here are smallmouth bass, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and longnose gar. Trout such as brown trout and rainbow trout are also caught here.

Smallmouth bass commonly feed on aquatic insects, planktons, and crayfish. Largemouth bass eat primarily on fish, crayfish and frogs, crustaceans, insects, and other small fish.  Channel catfish are omnivores, they are feeding on various species of plants and animals. Longnose gar mostly feed at night. They prey on small fish, insects, and small crustaceans. Brown trout are very active feeders and commonly feed on insects found in land and water, crayfish, worms, small clams, zooplankton, snails, and other small fish. Rainbow trout are feeders that will eat anything from aquatic and land insects to small fish.

Baitcasting, spinning, spearfishing, and light tackle fishing are the few techniques that are best used to catch the fish present in Salt Run. Bait is more effective when catching fish as they are more attracted to live prey. Choosing the right bait for the fish you wanted to catch is very important.

Anglers are urged to consider the weather and water conditions when going fishing. They are also asked to check Ohio’s fishing regulations as well as the limits on certain game fish.  

Salt Run Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught any time of the year. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass spawn during the spring season, from May to mid-June. Channel catfish can also be caught all-year-round but summer is usually the best time to go after them. They usually spawn in late spring or early summer. Catfish are active during the night but can also be caught throughout the day. The months of May and June are usually the best months to fish for gar. During those days, longnose gar were often seen in shallow parts of the water. Longnose gar also spawn in shallow waters during the months of May to June. The best time to catch brown trout is during spring, in the early hours of the morning. The spawning season of brown trout begins in October until December. The best seasons to go after rainbow trout are fall and winter as they are cold-water species. Their spawning typically begins in February through April.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught any time of the year. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass spawn during the spring season, from May to mid-June. Channel catfish can also be caught all-year-round but summer is usually the best time to go after them. They usually spawn in late spring or early summer. Catfish are active during the night but can also be caught throughout the day. The months of May and June are usually the best months to fish for gar. During those days, longnose gar were often seen in shallow parts of the water. Longnose gar also spawn in shallow waters during the months of May to June. The best time to catch brown trout is during spring, in the early hours of the morning. The spawning season of brown trout begins in October until December. The best seasons to go after rainbow trout are fall and winter as they are cold-water species. Their spawning typically begins in February through April.

Salt Run Fish Species

All About Fishing in Salt Run, OH

Salt Run is surrounded by salt licks or minerals used by animals to support their proper nutrition and development. The most popular species caught here are smallmouth bass, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and longnose gar. Trout such as brown trout and rainbow trout are also caught here.

Smallmouth bass commonly feed on aquatic insects, planktons, and crayfish. Largemouth bass eat primarily on fish, crayfish and frogs, crustaceans, insects, and other small fish.  Channel catfish are omnivores, they are feeding on various species of plants and animals. Longnose gar mostly feed at night. They prey on small fish, insects, and small crustaceans. Brown trout are very active feeders and commonly feed on insects found in land and water, crayfish, worms, small clams, zooplankton, snails, and other small fish. Rainbow trout are feeders that will eat anything from aquatic and land insects to small fish.

Baitcasting, spinning, spearfishing, and light tackle fishing are the few techniques that are best used to catch the fish present in Salt Run. Bait is more effective when catching fish as they are more attracted to live prey. Choosing the right bait for the fish you wanted to catch is very important.

Anglers are urged to consider the weather and water conditions when going fishing. They are also asked to check Ohio’s fishing regulations as well as the limits on certain game fish.  

Channel Catfish

Habitat: Rivers, Tidal Mouths, Bends, Wrecks

Weight: 2 - 4 Pounds

Length: 15" - 25"

Longnose Gar

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Marsh, Rivers

Weight: 30 - 55 Pounds

Length: 28" - 72"

Smallmouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Brown Trout

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"