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Wills Creek Lake is a Reservoir in Coshocton, Ohio.

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was organized in 1933 to address flooding in the Muskingum River drainage. The dam was completed in 1936 and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam impounds 375 acres of water with a shoreline length of 20.3 miles. The maximum depth is 12 feet. The area surrounding Wills Creek Lake includes rolling, forested hills and 2,830 acres of public land.

Fishing Description: 

Wills Creek Lake has populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, saugeye, and bluegill. Crappie are found in low numbers. The ODNR Division of Wildlife stocks saugeye fingerlings annually. 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/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 waxworms 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. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom. Night fishing for catfish is a popular method for catfish anglers.

Saugeye bite well in the early spring as well as late fall and winter. Shallow flats, points, as well areas with rip-rap seem to attract saugeye most often. Many anglers have luck at dusk and evening. Jig and twisters, vibrating blade baits, and stick baits are popular in addition to live bait such as minnows. The tailwater area below the dam is especially productive.


Camping is not permitted.

Boat Ramp: 

A boat ramp is located off the State Route 83 and County Road 410 intersection. A handicapped accessible fishing platform is located at the dam tailwaters. Wills Creek Lake has a 10 horsepower limit for outboard motors.


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

Directions to Lake: 

Wills Creek Lake is located in Adams and Monroe Townships, Muskingum County; as well as Linton Township, Coshocton County. Wills Creek Lake is owned and managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for flood control and recreation. The lake is located approximately 15 miles south of Coshocton, off State Route 83.

Wills Creek Lake
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