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Lake Information Details and State Management
Rocky Fork Lake Rocky Fork Lake is in Highland County. This lake covers 2080 acres of fishing waters with 30 miles of shoreline. This lake lies within Ohio Division of Wildlife District Five(5).
Location Rocky Fork Lake is in Highland County approximately 5 miles east of Hillsboro – 30 miles west of Chillicothe – 55 miles east of Cincinnati. The lake is accessible from US Route 50 and State Routes 124 – SR 506 – SR 753.
Distance from Major Cities Approximately 55 miles east of Cincinnati. Approximately 50 miles southeast of Dayton. Approximately 60 miles south of Columbus.
Fishing Opportunities Rocky Fork angling opportunities include; *Largemouth Bass *Bluegill *White and Black Crappies *Muskellunge *Walleye *Channel and Flathead Catfish *Bullheads *Carp. A few *Smallmouth Bass can also be caught. Gizzard shad are the main forage species.
Boating Information There are no horsepower restrictions on Rocky Fork Lake. Five launch ramps surround the lake. The state marina on the west end of the lake offers boat rentals. Boat ramps located on the south side are off of Fisherman's Wharf Road and Blue Ribbon Road. On the east end off of Lucas Road and the East Shore Marina. On the north side the ramp is located just off of North Shore Road. Be aware that there is a no Wake Zone at the State Park end of the lake. There is also a Wildlife Sanctuary area where fishing is prohibited.
State Management The Ohio Division of Wildlife activities include; stocking ~ installing fish structures ~ monitoring fish population ~ constructing fishing piers ~ water quality analysis.

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Rocky Fork Fishing Report

GFO visited Rocky Fork Lake on June 7, 2017. Then weather conditions were cool (@65 degrees), cloudy 7 breezy, with water temperature ranging between 72 – 75. The water was stained. Rocky Fork Lake has an abundance of whatever you like to fish – from logs and brushy shorelines, plus stumps, stick-ups and lots of grass & weeds. We had a really FUN day catching lots of quality bass (2-2.5 lbs.), and hardly ran across another angler, either!

This lake has several public boat ramps. The two highlighted in the pictures appear well-maintained and there is plenty of parking. Although there is no horsepower limit, there is a no wake zone, plus a wildlife sanctuary where fishing is prohibited.

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Nearby Bait & Tackle Shops, Marinas, Boat Rental, etc.

The Bait House, Floating Shop| 5999 Fisherman Wharf Rd., Hillsboro, OH 45133 | PH: 937-403-8397
Bayview Campground & Cottages, Bait & Tackle | 11104 N. Shore Dr., Hillsboro, OH 45133 | PH: 937-393-3119

A very special THANKS to the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Watercraft for their hard work and dedication in providing Southwest Ohio sportsmen and women with boating safety plus excellent fishing & hunting opportunities!

Turn In a Poacher (1-800-POACHER)

Ohio’s Turn In a Poacher -“TIP” program – helps to curtail poaching throughout the state by involving the public in reporting wildlife violations. If you observe a wildlife violation, click here and submit the form online or print the form and mail to:

TIP Headquarters, Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Rd., Bldg G
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

Or call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.


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