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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass and saugeye at Tappan Reservoir in Ohio.

Tappan Reservoir, OH

Populated with several catchable fish species, Tappan Reservoir is an especially popular place to fish for bass, crappie and saugeye. Catfish, white bass and bluegill also reside here. This fishery is a 2,100-acre lake, in the northeast part of the state.

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Tappan Reservoir, located in eastern Ohio, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a serene and scenic retreat. With its tranquil surroundings and diverse recreational opportunities, Tappan Reservoir offers excellent fishing, boating, and camping experiences.

Fishing at Tappan Reservoir provides anglers with the opportunity to target various fish species. The lake is known for its abundant populations of crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and saugeye. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore, fish from a boat, or explore the lake's many coves and submerged structures for optimal fishing spots. Tappan Reservoir's diverse fishery ensures that anglers of all skill levels can have a rewarding and enjoyable fishing experience.

It proudly boasts 38 miles of shoreline for anglers to explore, with plenty of areas to access the shore, for fishing from the bank. Ice fishing in winter is popular. There are boat ramps, a marina, dining and camping at the lake, with other resources nearby.

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Primary fish species residing in Tappan Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill White Bass Saugeye

Tappan Reservoir Amenities

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

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Tappan Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
740 269-2031

Boating is a popular activity at Tappan Reservoir, offering visitors the chance to explore the expansive waters and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The lake allows various types of watercraft, including powerboats, pontoons, and kayaks. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, engage in water sports activities, or simply relax on the calm waters while taking in the natural beauty. Multiple boat ramps and marinas are available, ensuring easy access to the lake for boating enthusiasts.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Tappan Lake Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off I-250, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Tappan Marina
33315 Cadiz-Dennison Rd
Scio, OH 43988
740 269-2031

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Camping facilities at Tappan Lake State Park cater to those looking to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The state park offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. Campers can enjoy the peaceful ambiance, partake in outdoor activities, and take advantage of the lake's fishing and boating opportunities. The campground provides amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and hiking trails for added enjoyment.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Tappan Lake Park Campground - 740 922-3649

Tappan Park Amphitheater Campground - 740 922-3649

Tappan Reservoir OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Tappan Reservoir
Tappan Lake Park
84000 Mallarnee Rd
Deersville, OH 44693
740 922-3649


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Tappan Reservoir in OH

Fishing for bass, crappie and saugeye in northeast OH

Tappan Reservoir, in Ohio.