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Deer Creek Lake is a Reservoir in Pickaway, Ohio.

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Deer Creek and Clark Run, and has a drainage area of about 177,000 acres. Due to the large watershed compared to the size of the lake, Deer Creek Lake experiences water level changes up to 20 feet.

Fishing Description: 

Deer Creek Lake has populations of bluegill, largemouth bass, white and black crappie, channel catfish, white bass, saugeye, carp and bullheads. Saugeye fingerlings are stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Deer Creek Lake is a good lake for anglers seeking crappies. Use minnow and jigs in areas with brushy cover during April and May. Redworms and wax worms are used to catch bluegill.

For white bass, use spinners in Deer Creek above the lake during May.

For channel catfish, use nightcrawlers or cut shad fished on the bottom especially at night during the summer.

Seek largemouth bass along deep shorelines with heavy cover.

In 1978, Deer Creek Lake became the first lake in Ohio stocked with saugeye. This successful experiment lead to introductions of saugeye at more than 50 lakes statewide. To catch saugeye, try the dam face and other rip-rapped areas in early spring using imitation minnow baits. Also try the tailwater area below the dam in late fall, winter and early spring about one week after a major water release. Use twister tails tipped with minnows or night crawlers.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains a lodge, marina, parking lots, boat ramps, boat docks, campgrounds, a swimming beach, picnic areas, horseback riding, biking and hiking trails. The Division of Wildlife operates and maintains parking lots, shooting range, archery range and public hunting area primarily on the west and north side of the lake.


Note: There are currently no horsepower limits at Deer Creek Lake, however limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for current information.

Directions to Lake: 

Deer Creek Lake is in Pickaway and Fayette Counties, 4 miles south of Mt.Sterling along SR 207.

Deer Creek Lake
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