Oakthorpe Lake

Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Oakthorpe Lake

Oakthorpe Lake Professional Guide

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"A little-fished, hard-to-find, high-quality bass lake. One of a number of lakes impounded as a watershed project on the upper Hocking River watershed, Oakthorpe Lake covers 41 acres and has a primitive boat ramp. Thick lily pads cover the shallow northern end, but there are open pockets and an open deep channel that runs through the center of the growth. Fishing from a small boat is the best way to access the fishing.

Oakthorpe is a high-quality bass lake. It is relativity clear, with 1 to 2 feet of visibility. This is probably one of central Ohio’s best places to catch a bass worthy of the wall. Bass up to 7 pounds have come from here, with loads of bass in the 12- to 20-inch range. The best bass fishing is done along the west shoreline among the overhanging trees and shoreside timber. Some good bass are also caught along the deeper edge of the lily pads at the lake’s south shore and across from the ramp in the channel."

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Park on the south side of the lake. Be ready to walk up a steep dam on a skinny trail through tall weeds. There is very thin lily pad cover to the west of the cement overflow. The crappie and bluegill fishing was fast and heavy with very good size fish. This little lake is a little known gem. P.S. Along with a good amount of fish, there is also a healthy tick population waiting for you as you walk in and out.

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Dec 2018