West Central District - Buck Creek
Nature of the Area
Fishing and Hunting
Shelters and Boating
Events and Activities
Rules And Regulations
Fishing is a popular sport on the 2,120 acre lake at Buck Creek State Park.
Anglers utilize the park throughout the year.
Bluegill, bass, catfish, crappie, white bass and walleye
are common throughout the lake.
1. There is a 15-inch minimum size limit for walleye at Buck Creek State Park
2. There is a 12-inch minimum size limit for all black bass species (largemouth, small mouth, and spotted)
3. Snagging of any fish within 1,000 feet below the dam is prohibited
4. There is a 9-inch minimum size limit and 30 daily bag limit for crappie at Buck Creek State Park.
- Good numbers, most 5-8". In May and June, try fishing near artificial structures along the shoreline or near piling units.
- Good numbers of 1-2 pound fish, some up to 12 pounds. Try the marina area in the summer.
- Fair numbers, average 9", and a few up to 13". Fishing is best around artificial structures in May and June.
- Good population, lots of 10-13" fish. Cast spinners or troll crankbaits in main lake, or try Buck Creek inlet in the New Moorefield area in the spring.
- Good population, mostly 13-20", some up to 25. About 200,000 to 300,000 fingerlings were stocked annually from 1995-2000 with 645,000 stocked in 2001.
Try the tail water in the winter months after high flows.
Cast lightweight jigs along the rocky dam in March and April.
In the summer, cast or troll crank baits, or drift with bottom-bouncing work rigs.
fishing laws and creel limits
apply in the park, as well as special fishing regulations for the park.
Hunters must be
Roadway, Shoreline or Any Trail (including Bridle Trails, Hiking Trails and Biking Trails)
withing the Designated Hunting Zones!!!
Game birds and animals abound at Buck Creek State Park.
Sportsmen and women enjoy hunting in designated areas of the park.
These areas do not open for public hunting until
October 15 of each year, and ends March 1
A valid Ohio hunting license as well as any pertinent tags
or stamps are required to hunt at Buck Creek.
Popular game animals include squirrels, rabbits and white-tail deer.
Waterfowl hunting is also a popular sport
is not allowed until the day
The Park holds an Annual Duck Blind Lottery the third Saturday in August.
Park Office at (937) -322-5284
for more information about the duck blind lottery and for information on state park hunting rules.
All state hunting laws and bag limits apply in the park.
Ohio Division of Wildlife
for hunting laws and regulations, to purchase hunting licenses, for information on hunter safety classes and much more.