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Hoover Reservoir is a Reservoir in Franklin, Ohio.

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Hoover Reservoir was constructed as a water supply facility by the city of Columbus in 1955. Today, 2,818 acres of water are impounded behind Hoover Dam. Due to the rapid development of the metropolitan area around Columbus, use of water from Hoover Reservoir has increased dramatically. Today, it is not uncommon to see drawdowns of 5 feet or more during the summer.

A water pipeline from Alum Creek Lake is also used to supplement the water supply in Hoover Reservoir when demand gets high. Hoover Reservoir is attractive to anglers throughout central Ohio due to its 10 horsepower outboard motor limit, which produces a serene setting for fishing.

Fishing Description: 

Hoover Reservoir has populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, channel catfish, white bass, carp, buffalo sucker, and longnose gar. Saugeye fingerlings are stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are popular yet underrated species in Hoover Reservoir. Light fishing pressure due to a 10-horsepower outboard motor restriction produces good bass tournament results.

A strong population of saugeyes is also present. Hoover Reservoir receives annual fingerling stockings of this walleye-like hybrid. To catch saugeyes, try fishing deep drop-offs in late fall and early spring. In April, try minnow imitating crank-baits for saugeyes along causeways and the dam.

Use minnows and jigs fished in areas with brushy cover in the upper end of the lake when seeking crappies.

For white bass, try fishing in Big Walnut Creek in May with spinner baits.

Hoover Reservoir is also known for its very large buffalo suckers. The current hook and line and bowfishing state record buffalo suckers were caught from Hoover Reservoir. To catch buffalo suckers, try twister tails fished very slowly along the bottom.

For channel catfish, use night crawlers fished on the bottom.

Facilities and Parks: 

The city of Columbus operates and maintains parking lots and picnic areas.

Boat Ramp: 

The city of Columbus operates and maintains boat ramps and docks.


A 10 horsepower outboard motor limit is in effect. Note: Horsepower limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for current information.


Wildlife District One
1500 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone 614/644-3925

For additional information on the city of Columbus park facilities at Hoover Reservoir, contact the
City of Columbus Watershed Management Group
7600 Sunbury Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Telephone 614/645-1721.

Directions to Lake: 

Hoover Reservoir is in Delaware and Franklin Counties, just northeast of Westerville and about 10 miles northeast of downtown Columbus. The lake is accessible off Interstate 270 using Sunbury Road.

Hoover Reservoir
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