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Middleburg Hillside Fish Farm

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Middeburg Catfish Club

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phone: 937-666-6107

Trevor Blue 57#
Trevor was stocked on June 10th 2011
Trevor age 7 that has his hand on this huge blue cat also weighs 57#

Trevor Blue was caught 7 / 29 / 2011 mid-day on cherry flavored shrimp

7 / 30 / 2011


August 17th 39.8# Shovelhead Catfish

Middleburg Hillside Fish Farm 
& Recreation Private Club

9779 Township Road 29
East Liberty, Ohio 43319

(Use Google map to see the Ponds!)

Located 1/2 way between Bellefontaine, Oh and Marysville, Oh. Just a few miles off U.S. Route 33.
At the west edge of Middleburg, Oh on road 153 west, turn south on Township Road 29, go 1 mile, located on North side of road.

If you have questions e-mail me:

Please check in often to see pictures and videos. Videos will be on the fish video folder.

Click on the Cottage pdf File below to take a

"Walk About Tour"


These Big Fish are shown on videos on the next folder. The video shows 1,300#.
Big Fish Pictures: click here!

Big Fish Pictures II & III Click Here!

These fish are shown on video in the next folder, this load was 6,000#

I have enjoyed fishing all my life, the first money I ever saved up as a small child was $6.00 to buy a zebco 202 fishing real from the local hardware store, back in 1963 which I used at Kiser Lake that we could walk to if we went through all the woods, crossed the railroad tracks and made a day of it.  My dad enjoyed fishing and most of our vacations had some fishing envolved. Once old enough to have a place of my own, I started building by first little ponds back in 1978. Pay lakes were gaining popularity with the huge shovelhead and blue catfish. My friends and I enjoyed traveling to these pay lakes and bring the big fish back to my tiny ponds.

The next place I moved to was Belle Center stone quarry which had been shut down for many years and had 5 acres of water with steep rock cliffs. I started my first private fishing club by adding the large shovelhead catfish to this quarry that was loaded with huge smallmouth bass.

In 1996 I purchased a piece of land from my brothers dairy farm where he had built two ponds previously and are past 20 years old now. I built on this location and immediately build a large pond we call the Bottom pond and filled all the ponds not only with shovelhead, blues, but 12,000# of channel cats, 300 saugeye, bass, bluegills, perch, pike, shad and carp. The Bottom Pond is about 16 feet deep as is the pond beside the house and I added an adjoining pond to these two oldest ponds, making for a total of four ponds all of which the water flows through from springs and run off from the land on up hill from us.

I then build two small bait ponds along the driveway, making for a total of six ponds. In 2010 we were able to purchase 21 acres beside us and built what we call the New Ponds.

I will start going back through the many old pictures and attempt to piece together the history of making of these ponds as a way to give the fishermen a better idea of the structure of these ponds so they can make a game plan on how to improve their chances at catching a huge fish.

Note, keep checking back to see many pictures on the pond building!

THE NEW PONDS 2010 (early pictures)


Be sure to go to the next button that says FISH VIDEOS.

We have stocked over 20,000# of channel catfish and well over 6,000# of shovelhead / blue catfish over the past 15 years and they reproduce! All fish are catch & release only; so each year the fishing gets better!



          Jeremy 29# Blue Cat

Have pictures of you and your fishing experiences from this Club? Picture them here! Send me your pictures by e-mail or drop me off an electronic copy.

Jon Back  pdf file


 99% of all fish caught are not pictured, if you want your picture on this website, you have to send me your picures!