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West Branch Lake, OH

Popular Fish Species West Branch Lake, OH

West Branch Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in West Branch Lake due to excellent fisheries management and plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

West Branch Lake Popular Fish - Muskie

Muskie Fishing

Fishing for Muskellunge in West Branch Lake could provide a trophy fish on any given cast. Giant musky roam these waters and are aggressive eaters. Muskie fishing can bring some exciting moments to your fishing day, as big muskies are spectacular, and strong, fighters. Use a strong rod in medium- to medium-heavy action, with heavy line - 20# or heavier. Muskie have a big mouth so use big baits, same baits you would use for bass but in larger sizes. Topwater, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits all work well for hungry muskie. The best time of year to chase these big fish is Spring, and then again in Fall as the water temperature starts cooling. Fish in areas with sharp depth changes, shallow to deep.

West Branch Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

This year a healthy population of channel cats populate the waters of West Branch Lake, and can be found all around the lake. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits.

West Branch Lake Fishing Video

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch, muskie, northern pike, sauger and saugeye at West Branch Lake in Ohio.

Located southeast of Cleveland Ohio, West Branch Lake is a 2,300-acre lake for swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. 40 miles of wooded shoreline present excellent fishing opportunities from a boat, and in some areas for fishing from the bank.

West Branch State Park Lake, located in northeastern Ohio, is a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a serene and picturesque retreat. With its scenic beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, West Branch Lake offers excellent fishing, boating, and camping experiences.

Fishing at West Branch Lake provides anglers with the opportunity to target various fish species. The lake is known for its diverse fishery, including walleye, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore, fish from a boat, or explore the lake's many coves and submerged structures for optimal fishing spots. West Branch Lake's healthy fish populations ensure that anglers of all skill levels can have a rewarding and exciting fishing experience.

The lake has a variety if fish species including saugeye, sauger, muskie, northern pike, bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill and yellow perch. A half dozen boat ramps make easy access for pontoons, pleasure and fishing boats. Kayaks and canoes can be portaged from various public access areas around the lake. Boat rentals, gas, snacks, fishing gear and supplies are available at West Branch Marina. Ice fishing for walleye, black crappie, white crappie, yellow perch and northern pike draws locals to the lake for some great winter fishing. Camping and RV spaces are available at the lake in West Branch State Park.

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Primary fish species residing in West Branch Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch Muskie Northern pike Sauger Saugeye

Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir Amenities

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

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Fishing Boat Rentals

West Branch Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, runabouts, kayaks and pontoon boats
330 654-4991

Boating is a popular activity at West Branch Lake, offering visitors the chance to explore the expansive waters and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The lake allows various types of watercraft, including powerboats, pontoon boats, and kayaks. Boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises, engage in water sports activities, or simply relax on the calm waters while taking in the natural beauty. Multiple boat ramps and marinas are available, ensuring easy access to the lake for boating enthusiasts.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

East Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Gilbert Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

West Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Cable Line Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

West Branch State Park Canoe Launch
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, at the north end of the Rock Spring Road Bridge, this is a gravel portage area and gravel parking.


West Branch Marina
5678 Marina Dr
Ravenna, OH 44266
330 654-4991

Fishing Guides On West Branch Lake

Fish Ohio Musky - Musky

Ohio Muskie Guide Service - muskie

If you offer fishing guide services on West Branch Lake, please contact us for a free listing to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Ohio Fishing License.

Camping facilities at West Branch State Park cater to those looking to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The state park offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. Campers can enjoy the peaceful ambiance, partake in outdoor activities, and take advantage of the lake's fishing and boating opportunities. The campground provides amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and hiking trails, enhancing the overall camping experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

West Branch State Park Campground - 330 296-3239

Country Acres Campground - 330 358-2774

West Branch Lake OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

West Branch Lake
West Branch Marina
8109 Cable Line Rd
Ravenna, OH 44266
330 296-9209


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Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir in Ohio

Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir offers a variety of fishing and recreation options in northeast Ohio.

Fishing on West Branch Lake, in OH.