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Tycoon Lake is a Reservoir in Gallia, Ohio.

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Land acquisition for the construction of Tycoon Lake began in 1957 and was completed in 1960. Construction of two earthen dams across an old channel of Raccoon Creek was completed in 1960 and fish were stocked the following year. The lake was constructed for recreational purposes. Tycoon Lake lies within the 684-acre Tycoon Lake Wildlife Area. The area surrounding Tycoon Lake is gently rolling to hilly. Most of the uplands surrounding Tycoon Lake are forested with some brushland/open areas present as well as some wetlands.

Fishing Description: 

Tycoon Lake is well known for its high quality largemouth bass population. An 18-inch minimum length limit is in place to take advantage of excellent growth potential. Largemouth bass are present in good numbers and are above average in size.

Bluegill are the most abundant sunfish though redear sunfish are present in smaller numbers. Channel catfish yearlings are stocked on an alternate year basis. They are present in good numbers and are above average in size.

A decent population of white crappie are present and are popular during the early spring.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

Tycoon Lake is relatively shallow; maximum depth is 18 feet. There are numerous tree stumps along the north shoreline that attract fish as well as some old fence rows that were present prior to impoundment.

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, standing timber, or weed bed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms, crankbaits, and jig/pig combinations work well. Warm summer water temperatures will usually push fish deeper or into weedbed areas. 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.

Crappie angling is best in the early spring. Fishing near shoreline structure with a minnow and bobber is a productive technique.


Primitive camping is available on a first come, first served basis in the designated campground. Camping is prohibited elsewhere.

Boat Ramp: 

A boat launching ramp, parking area, and latrine are located off County Road 17 (Tycoon Road). Several other small parking areas are also available for public use. Adjacent to the boat ramp is a handicapped accessible fishing pier. Boaters on the lake may use electric motors only.


The principal game species are cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, and deer, with lesser numbers of grouse and fox squirrel. Various species of waterfowl stop to rest on the lake during migration. Wood ducks are year-round residents. A variety of songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also occur on the area in association with the diverse mixture of habitat types.


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

Directions to Lake: 

Tycoon Lake lies between State Route 325 and State Route 554, approximately five miles northeast of Rio Grande. From State Route 325, access to the area is gained by Township Road 21 (Eagle Road). From State Route 554, access is provided off Township Road 20 (Vaughn Road) and County Road 17 (Tycoon Road).

Tycoon Lake
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