HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
Lake White was impounded in 1935 by the damming of Pee Pee Creek. State Route 104 serves as the dam. The dam was constructed by the then State Department of Highways under the Highway and Dam Act. The area surrounding Lake White consists of forested, rugged hills. Lake White is part of the Lake White State Park. Most of the land surrounding Lake White is privately owned.
FISH OF INTEREST TO ANGLER
Lake White has populations of largemouth bass and spotted bass with spotted bass being the most abundant of the two species. Saugeye fingerlings are stocked annually, channel catfish yearlings are stocked every other year. Sunfish are numerous with bluegill the most dominant sunfish species. Crappie are also present offering an additional opportunity for anglers.
METHODS OF FISHING AND BEST FISHING SITES
Largemouth bass can be caught casting the shoreline, paying particular attention to visible structure. Artificial lures such as rubber worms, spinner baits, and crankbaits work well. The rip-rap face of the dam and boat docks are also good areas to try. Sunfish can be caught throughout the lake using live bait such as wax worms or redworms. Crappie are taken usually with minnows and a bobber. Look for stumps or brushpiles, that act as attractors for crappie and other sportfish. Channel catfish can be caught fishing on the bottom with chicken liver or night crawlers. Night fishing for catfish is a popular method for catfish anglers. Twister tail jigs tipped with a minnow or piece of night crawler are effective for saugeye.
Boat launching facilities are located near the State Route 551 and State Route 104 intersection. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats. The ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains parking lots, boat ramps and docks, swimming beaches, and picnic areas.
Anglers who catch a big fish should enter their prize fish in the Fish Ohio angler recognition program. A fish qualifies for an award if it meets the minimum size requirement set for the Fish Ohio program. Applications are available online at FishOhio.org.
FISH MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
The Division of Wildlife’s fish management activities include stocking, population monitoring with nets, electrofishing surveys, creel census, felling trees, and preparing Christmas tree piles to act as fish attractors, and conducting general physical and chemical water quality analyses. A continuing check of water quality and fish populations is vital in determining the management practices necessary to produce quality fish for the public.
Questions and inquiries can be directed to Wildlife District Four, 360 East State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701 telephone 740-589-9930. To get other maps or publications call toll free 1-800-WILDLIFE.
TURN IN A POACHER
Ohio’s TIP, “Turn In a Poacher,” program is helping curtail poaching throughout the state. TIP is designed to involve the public in reporting wildlife violations. Citizens who observe wildlife violations should call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.