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Guide To Fishing At East Fork Lake

AKA: William H Harsha Lake

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East Fork Lake, OH

Fishing for bass and crappie is on the mind of most anglers coming to East Fork Lake officially William H. Harsha Lake. This 2,100-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, has over 35 miles of shoreline for exploring by boat or fishing from the bank.

Several boat launch ramps serve the public for launch of canoes, car-toppers, kayaks, pontoons, pleasure and fishing boats with no limit on engine horsepower. Camping and RV hookups are available on the north side of the lake. In addition to bass and crappie, catfish, sunfish and hybrid stripers are catchable here. Ice fishing for black crappie, white crappie and bluegill can be quite good at times, once the ice is safe. There are hiking trails and picnic areas within East Fork State Park, which surrounds the lake on all sides.

What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, hybrid striped bass and muskie at East Fork Lake in Ohio.

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Primary fish species residing in East Fork Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Hybrid Stripers Muskie

William H Harsha Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Alton-Elklick Road Boat Launch
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, east side, off Alton-Elklick Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Campers Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, in East Fork Campground, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

East Fork Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Retxler Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Reisinger Road Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Reisinger Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Tate Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Elklick Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

East Fork State Park Campground - 513 724-6521

East Fork Lake OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

East Fork Lake
East Fork State Park
3294 Elklick Rd
Bethel, OH 45106
513 724-2730


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