Clearance at Bass Pro Shops

Rocky Fork Lake

ifished Guides

Your Lake Guide

Rocky Fork Marine
Bait, tackle, marine services and repair. Learn More

Latest Rocky Fork Lake Report

Anglers are reporting decent saugeye fishing. Try crankbaits or troll with a Shad-Rap. Crappies are hitting between 3-4 feet, use black or char... Continued

  • Fishing Details
  • Fishing Reports
  • Catch Photos
  • Solar Lunar Charts
  • Local Businesses

Rocky Fork Lake is a Reservoir in Highland, Ohio.

Have you fished Rocky Fork Lake? Help your fellow anglers out by giving a fishing report, some fishing tips or general information about Rocky Fork Lake.

Do you have a question about Rocky Fork Lake, ask it here.

Rocky Fork Lake was impounded on Rocky Fork Creek in 1951. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation, constructed this 1,992-acre lake for public recreation. The lake is in the Scioto River watershed and has a drainage area of 70,399 acres.

Fishing Description: 

Rocky Fork Lake has good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, bullheads, and carp. A few smallmouth bass are also present. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

Rocky Fork Lake has a average depth of about 15 feet, with a maximum depth of about 40 feet. Prior to impoundment, the present lake bottom was mainly agricultural fields. Many tree stumps were left standing in the upper end of the lake during construction. Steep, rocky shorelines are present in some sections of the lower half of the lake. Since construction, the upper-third of the lake has become much shallower due to siltation.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass are taken on diving and surface lures, plastic worms, jigs, and live worms around fallen trees and stumps, along rocky shorelines, and in bays. Bluegill anglers using redworms and waxworms have good catches around fallen trees and along drop-offs. Live minnows and small plastic grub jigs are good for crappies near the shoreline brush and fallen trees, and along steep shorelines with submerged cover. Walleye anglers are successful using live nightcrawlers or minnows near the bottom, or trolling deep diving lures in the lower half of the lake near points and drop-offs. Excellent catches of channel catfish, bullheads, and a few flathead catfish are taken on nightcrawlers, soft craws, chicken livers, and cut baits in the upper end and near the eastern shore.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains parking lots, concessions, a meeting facility, swimming beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails, and campgrounds.


Rocky Fork State Park
9800 North Shore Drive
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
(937) 393-4284
1-866-644-6727 for camping reservations

Campgrounds provide electric, non-electric, and full hook-up sites along with drinking water, flush toilets, shower facilities, trailer waste dump stations, and picnic tables.

171 campsites suitable for trailers and tents at the northwest corner of the lake
Equipped with showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, camp store and campers' beach
Electric hookups are available at 96 sites, with an additional 44 sites offering full-service hookups
Pet camping is permitted on all sites.
A launch ramp and docks are provided for campers with boats.
Free WiFi for registered campers
Paddle Boat rentals are available at the campground
Miniature golf course, basketball court and corn hole are available
Camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers
A separate group camp may be reserved by contacting the park office

Boat Ramp: 

Boat ramps and docks available.


Rocky Fork Marine
6452 Lucas Lane
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Phone: 937.466.2225


Note: Horsepower limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for current information.


Wildlife District Five
1076 Old Springfield Pike
Xenia, Ohio 45385-1238
Telephone (937) 372-9261

Directions to Lake: 

Rocky Fork Lake is in Highland County, approximately 5 miles east of Hillsboro, 25 miles west of Chillicothe, and 55 miles east of Cincinnati. The lake is accessible from U. S. Route 50 and State Routes 124, 506, and 753.

Rocky Fork Lake
Waterbody type: 
United States
Standard elevation: