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Lake Information Details and State Management
Tappan Lake Tappan Lake is in Harrison County. This lake covers 2350 acres of fishing water with 47 miles of shoreline. The lake is within Ohio Division of Wildlife District Three.
Location Tappan Lake is located in northwestern Harrison County in Stock and Franklin Townships. US Route 250 follows the main body of the lake for 7 miles. Other township roads border three long bays on the north side making for easy access to the lake. New Philadelphia (with access to I-77) lies 20 miles to the northwest. Cadiz is approximately 8 miles to the west.
Distance from Major Cities Approximately 100 miles east of Columbus. Approximately 80 miles south of Cleveland. Approximately 30 miles from the Ohio/WV border.
Fishing Opportunities Tappan Lake offers anglers *Largemouth Bass *Bluegill *Crappies *Channel Catfish. Walleye fishing is becoming increasingly popular. Perch *Bullheads *Sunfish can also be found. These species were stocked by the Ohio Department of Wildlife.
Boating Information There is a 299-hp restriction on Tappan Lake. There is a boat ramp located off of State Route 250 near a roadside rest area and another is located at the Tappan Marina which rents boats and offers other services – including a restaurant.
State Management The Division of Wildlife activities include stocking ~ construction of fish attracters ~ monitoring fish populations ~ creel studies ~ plus physical and chemical water analysis.

Tappan Lake Location – Courtesy Google Maps

Fishing Report: August 15, 2017

We fished from @9:15 – 5:00. Had action on a top water frog (black & red) in the morning, not much afterward. The water temperature ranged from 76 – 80 degrees and was lightly stained. It was calm – @8 mph winds.

There are 2 public boat ramps on Tappan Lake. We used the one on 250. It is a paved, 2 lane ramp, with courtesy docks and a port-a-potty restroom. About 1/2 mile west of the ramp, there is a rest area with picnic tables along the shore that would be a great place for some shoreline fishing.

Across the street from the ramp, Annie’s Hut is open year-round, and sells live, bait, bottled water and drinks, ice and snacks. Stop by and find out where they are biting! The proprietor was very knowledgeable. See if you see our GoFishOhio.com sticker!

CRAPPIE FISHERMEN! There is a survey by the boat ramp on the crappie fishing at Tappan Lake. Please fill one out when you go fish there!

Bass Anglers – there is a bass tournament that leaves the public ramp on Rt. 250 every Tuesday night @ 5:00. There are also a few revolving tournaments (one electric only) that fish there every 4 weeks or so.

Unfortunately, I managed to lose all of the pictures and video I took. Pretty bummed about that. Had some good top water video.This one was taken with a different device.

Bait & Tackle Shops, Marinas, Boat Rental and More Nearby:

  • Tappan Marina | 33315 Cadiz-Dennison Rd. | Scio, OH 43988 | 740-269-2031
  • Annie’s Hut II | 32340 Cadiz-Dennison Rd. | Scio, OH 43988 | 330-407-5441

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 Northern 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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