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Fox Lake is a Reservoir in Athens, Ohio.

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Fox Lake was constructed in 1968 by the Margaret’s Creek Watershed Conservancy District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The land and water area is owned and managed by the Division of Wildlife for fish and wildlife management purposes.

The topography includes rolling hills, open fields, and woodland. The lake encompasses 53 acres at normal pool with a shoreline length of 2.4 miles. The maximum depth is 21 feet.

Fishing Description: 

Fox Lake has populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The Division of Wildlife stocks channel catfish yearlings in alternate years. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Better largemouth bass fishing can be found in the spring and fall. As springtime water temperatures warm up, bass will move into shallow water areas to feed and to prepare for spawning. Fish near shallow structure such as tree stumps, fallen trees, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig-n-pig combinations work well. Warm summer water temperatures will usually push fish into deeper depths. Fishing during the early morning hours or in the evening will provide better results. Cooler fall temperatures will trigger bass to move back in the shallow water areas. Fishing success may pick up as bass prepare for winter.

Bluegill can be caught throughout the lake from early spring until fall. Popular methods include wax worms or redworms fished below a bobber. Look for spawning beds in shallow water during the spring and throughout the summer. Many bluegill can be found concentrated in these areas.

Channel catfish angling picks up by mid-June. Night crawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom. Night fishing for catfish is a popular method for catfish anglers.

Facilities and Parks: 

A handicapped accessible fishing pier is located near the ramp. A parking lot is located below the dam off Township Road 29 for shore anglers. Fox Lake has a 10 horsepower limit for outboard motors.

Boat Ramp: 

A boat ramp is located off the Fox Lake Road (County Road 81) entrance.


Wildlife District Four
360 East State Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Telephone 740-589-9930.

Directions to Lake: 

Fox Lake is located within the 421-acre Fox Lake Wildlife Area. This public area is in Waterloo Township, Athens County approximately four miles west of Athens. Fox Lake is accessible off Township Road 29 as well as Fox Lake Road (County Road 81)

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