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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch, white perch, striped bass and muskie at Western Branch Reservoir in Virginia.

Western Branch Reservoir, VA

A lake with minimal fishing pressure, Western Branch Reservoir is an ideal place to to a kayak, canoe or small fishing boat and enjoy some excellent fishing. This 1,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Suffolk, VA has 40 miles of shoreline.

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Western Branch Reservoir, located in Suffolk, Virginia, is a hidden gem for anglers seeking a peaceful and productive fishing experience. This 1,265-acre reservoir offers a variety of fish species, making it a popular destination for both recreational and competitive fishing.

One of the popular fish species in Western Branch Reservoir is the largemouth bass. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation, fallen trees, and rocky areas, provides excellent habitat for bass to thrive. Anglers can target bass using a variety of techniques such as flipping jigs, casting crankbaits, or working soft plastics. Spring and fall are particularly productive seasons for bass fishing, as the fish are more active and tend to move closer to the shorelines.

Western Branch Reservoir is also home to other fish species such as crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Crappie fishing can be rewarding, especially around submerged structures and brush piles. Bluegill and other sunfish species provide enjoyable fishing experiences for anglers of all ages, particularly those using lightweight tackle and small baits. Catfish, including channel catfish and bullheads, offer the opportunity to target larger fish using various baits such as stink bait, worms, or cut bait.

Western Branch Reservoir offers a peaceful and rewarding fishing experience in a serene setting. With its diverse fish species, boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, it remains a popular destination for anglers seeking a memorable day of fishing in Suffolk, Virginia.

Bank fishing is not allowed, boat motors cannot exceed 9.9 horsepower and all boats require a permit. Western Branch Lake is a great place to catch a trophy bass, striper or muskie. It is also loaded with big sunfish and perch. In all the lake offers bass, catfish, crappie, stripers, perch, bluegill and sunfish. There is one boat launch ramp at the fishing station.

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Primary fish species residing in Western Branch Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass Muskie

Western Branch Reservoir Amenities

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

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Boating is allowed on Western Branch Reservoir, but there are restrictions on motorized boats. Only electric motors or boats with no more than 10 horsepower are permitted, ensuring a quieter and more environmentally-friendly boating experience. Anglers can enjoy exploring the lake's calm waters, accessing remote fishing spots, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding natural landscape.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Western Branch Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Girl Scout Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

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Camping facilities are not available directly at Western Branch Reservoir. However, there are nearby campgrounds and recreational areas that offer camping options. These campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and access to other outdoor activities. Camping near Western Branch Reservoir allows anglers to maximize their time on the water and enjoy a complete outdoor experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No campgrounds or RV parks are nearby this city-owned reservoir.

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Contact Information

Western Branch Reservoir
City of Norfolk,
Dept of Recreation, Parks & Open Space

401 Monticello Ave, Suite 420
Norfolk, VA 23510
757 823-4291


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