Go Fish! with Chuck Martin
Charles Mill is one of the more surprising lakes I’ve fished. Built in the 1930s as part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, it has played an important role in flood protection for the Muskingum River basin.
But, 80 years of accumulating silt means large sections of the lake are very shallow, sometimes too shallow to navigate at all and in plenty of other areas you’ll be kicking up mud with your trolling motor.
Still, one writer called it the best all-around fishing lake in north central Ohio. I don’t know if I agree with that, considering that its main competition is Clear Fork and Pleasant Hill, both good lakes.
The deepest (and clearest) water is in the eastern basin near the marina, but the most accessible public ramp is above the Ohio 430 bridge. It’s a long run to the channel to get into the eastern basin, but that’s not a problem if you have a 9.9 on your boat. If you don’t, you still have good fishing nearby.