Anglers looking for better places to fish at Tappan Lake?


May 28, 2015

Christmas trees were recycled into fish concentration devices this past year by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Structures were placed in Tappan Reservoir (Harrison County) in areas that will benefit shore anglers and boat anglers alike. “Both of the areas where we placed these structures are within walking distance of a major parking lot and within a half-mile of a boat ramp,” said Matt Wolfe, fish biologist who oversees this project for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “These fish attractors will be drawing in panfish for shore anglers and boat anglers for several years to come,” he added.


60 structures were placed just north of the beach adjacent to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s Tappan Lake Park. The structures were placed in nine to 12-feet of water, and run from N 40o 19’ 38.9” / W 81 o 10’ 56.2” to N 40 o 19’ 31.8” / W 81o 10’ 53.5”. The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures and the coordinates provided are in degrees, minutes, and seconds.


A downloadable Google Earth file containing all of the structure placements throughout northeast Ohio is available by contacting the Wildlife District Three office at (330) 644-2293. To view pictures of the structure placements, visit

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