London Reservoir was completed in 1975 as part of the Northwest Ohio Water
Development Plan to provide a water supply for the Village of New London, low
flow augmentation to the Vermillion River, agricultural uses, and recreation.
The reservoir was built cooperatively by the Village of New London and the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources and incorporates fishing devices helpful to the
London Reservoir has a surface area of 220 acres at maximum water level. Its
maximum depth is 35 feet in the south-central part, with an average depth of 22
feet and a storage capacity of approximately 1.4 billion gallons. The
conservation pool is below the 24-foot depth and comprises 25 percent or 53
acres of the reservoir, with pool depths from 2 to 11 feet and an average depth
of 7 feet.
fishing reefs have been riprapped on their surface with 4 to 6inch stone. These reefs range in depth from
10 to 18 feet when the reservoir is at maximum water level.
boulder piles are located throughout the reservoir as fish shelters. These range
in height from 2 1/2 feet to 6 1/2 feet and vary greatly in shape and diameter,
with some reaching 50 feet in length. The boulders incorporated in these piles
range in diameter from 6 inches to 3 feet. The stumpy areas with stumps
extending to a height of 6 feet lie in 25 to 32 feet of water and offer coves
for several species of fish.
construction ramps were left in the reservoir and riprapped. These offer areas
for spawning and feeding for the various species of fish.
OF INTEREST TO ANGLERS
and smallmouth bass, bluegills, yellow perch, walleyes, and crappies have been
stocked by the Division of Wildlife. Rock bass, green sunfish, bullheads, and
white suckers have been pumped into the reservoir from the Vermillion River.
OF FISHING AND BEST FISHING SITES
London Reservoir offers a wide variety of habitat and fish concentration areas.
Shallow water areas, deep water areas, cover areas, and feeding areas all serve
as concentration areas for fish.
should produce the best fishing. Since the fishing reefs lie in fairly deep
water, live bait or deep running artificials are expected to provide the best
results. In the deeper areas, jig type baits such as jig spoons and ice jigs
are expected to be productive for smallmouth bass, bluegills, and crappies.
Smallmouths are present on all the stone surface reefs; bluegills concentrate
around the boulder piles, especially in shallower water. Best baits for the
bluegills are redworms or larval baits such as waxworms fished with small
weighted hooks. Crappies are attracted to the cove devices also, but will
usually be found throughout the reservoir. Best baits for crappies are minnows
or small jigging spoons.
are present throughout the lake and usually can be taken on minnows or
artificials, spinner and worm combinations are the most productive. These
walleye can usually be taken around the shoreline and in shallower water in the
spring and by drift fishing during summer and early fall. Yellow perch may
usually be taken in the same areas as the walleyes, although they utilize the
cover areas such as boulder piles more. Best baits are minnows and worms.
bass are usually shoreline residents in upground reservoirs and will also
inhabit the shallow water available. They are usually caught on live bait or
artificial worms and baits fished along the shoreline, especially around the
fishing for bluegills, crappies, and perch is expected to be excellent. The two
stump areas and boulder piles are expected to be the best areas, but the entire
reservoir should be productive. Best baits are ice flies or spoons tipped with
mousing or waxworms. Walleyes will also be taken through the ice on minnows or
is an electric motor only restriction on the New London Reservoir. The boat
ramp, beach, and a parking area is accessible from Euclid Road, which runs
north from Town Line Road. In addition, there are two parking areas in the
south side of the reservoir, with another on the west side.
Division of Wildlife activities include monitoring fish populations, stocking,
creel studies, and general physical and chemical water quality analysis.
Fisheries research programs are also evaluating this reservoir.