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Buckeye Lake, OH

Popular Fish Species Buckeye Lake, OH

Buckeye Lake Popular Fish - Saugeye

Saugeye Fishing

When a female walleye spawns with a male sauger, the result is a hybrid known as saugeye. Buckeye Lake has a notable population of saugeye, which are pursued by local anglers. Their meat is very tasty, and they put up a good fight. Look for them near bottom on sandy bars and especially along drop offs into river channels. These toothy critters often migrate up-river in winter and spring, congregating in low-current areas. A common method for catching saugeye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting topwater lures, live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish during other times of the year.

Buckeye Lake Popular Fish - Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass Fishing

Hybrid striped bass, also known as wipers, are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Buckeye Lake, as they are plentiful and grow to bragging size. As a hybrid of striped bass and white bass, they have great potential for spawning massive numbers and growing to large sizes. Fishing for hybrid stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and schools of hybrid striped bass is likely to be in the area. Fish finders improve your odds of locating both bait and wipers. Live bait is very very effective here, and these chubby fish can be caught year round.

Buckeye Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

As usual, largemouth bass are maintaining their strong presence in Buckeye Lake, which has plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Buckeye Lake Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass, hybrid striped bass and saugeye at Buckeye Lake in Ohio.

Whether you're fishing in T-shirts in summer or ice fishing in winter, Buckeye Lake is a great destination for anglers. Much of this 2,800-acre lake, in the central part of the state, is shallow (use caution), yet it yields nice stringers of bass, saugeye, crappie, catfish, white bass and hybrid stripers.

Buckeye Lake, situated in central Ohio, is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. The lake spans approximately 3,100 acres, offering ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Fishing at Buckeye Lake provides anglers with a chance to target a variety of species. Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish are among the most sought-after catches. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore, utilize the lake's fishing piers, or take a boat out on the water to explore the lake's prime fishing spots. Buckeye Lake's diverse fishery ensures that anglers of all skill levels can enjoy a rewarding fishing experience.

Rip rap rock lines much of the 37 miles of shoreline, very little of which is available for fishing from the bank. Marinas offer rental boats, gas and supplies. Four boat launch ramps are available for public use. Small craft like canoes, kayaks and car-top boats work well for fishing along the rocky banks. Saugeye are a popular target when ice fishing in winter, plus bluegill are often cooperative.

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Primary fish species residing in Buckeye Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Stripers Saugeye

Buckeye Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Boating is a popular activity at Buckeye Lake, with the lake allowing various types of watercraft. Powerboats, pontoons, kayaks, and canoes can all be seen cruising across the lake's tranquil waters. Boaters can enjoy leisurely rides, engage in water sports activities, or simply soak in the beautiful surroundings. Boat ramps and marinas are available for convenient access to the water, making it easy to launch and dock watercraft.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Buckeye Lake Boat Rental
Rentals: Fishing kayaks and pontoons
614 446-0872

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lakeshore Drive Boat Launch
Located mid lake, east side, off Lakeshore Drive NE, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Leib's Island Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Leibs Island Road NE, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramps with paved parking.

North Shore State Park Boat Launch
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Hebron Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Alexander's Landing
3940 South Bank Road
Millersport, Ohio 43046
740 467-2882

Buckeye Lake Marina
2920 Canal Dr
Millersport, OH 43046
740 467-2697

Fisher's Marina
3227 Fisher Ave
Millersport, OH 43046
740 467-2905

Fishing Guides On Buckeye Lake

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Ohio Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake KOA Holiday offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. Campers can immerse themselves in nature, enjoy campfire cooking, and take advantage of the lake's fishing and boating opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Buckeye Lake-Columbus East KOA Campground - 740 928-0706

Buckeye Beach Park Campground - 740 538-5253

Buckeye Lake OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Buckeye Lake
Buckeye Lake Marina
2920 Canal Dr
Millersport, OH 43046
740 467-2697


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