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Summersville Lake, WV

Popular Fish Species Summersville Lake, WV

Summersville Lake Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Summersville Lake, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate shallow brush and vegetation. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.

Summersville Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are fat and healthy in Summersville Lake. The lake has plenty of cover and fertile water for both baitfish and bass. Smallmouth bass are also being caught in decent numbers by locals. Fishing for 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 choices. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure, nearby drop-offs.

Summersville Lake Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

Thanks to good fisheries management and an abundant food supply, healthy a population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Summersville Lake this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate on flats and ledges off the river channels. The best results for catching walleye here is most often by trolling, however casting live bait, jigs, worms, spoons and deep-diving crankbaits also work well at times.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow perch at Summersville Lake in West Virginia.

Scenic landscape and great fishing make Summersville Lake a popular place for vacations, weekend get-away's and fishing trips. This 2,700-acre lake on the Gauley River, is the largest lake in WV.

Summersville Lake, located in the heart of West Virginia, is a renowned fishing destination that offers anglers an exciting and diverse fishing experience. With a surface area of approximately 2,700 acres, Summersville Lake is the largest lake in the state and provides ample opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

One of the most popular fish species found in Summersville Lake is the smallmouth bass. The lake is well-known for its exceptional smallmouth bass fishery, attracting anglers from far and wide. Anglers can target smallmouth bass near rocky points, ledges, and submerged structures using techniques such as casting crankbaits, jigs, or soft plastic baits. The lake's clear waters and rocky shorelines create an ideal habitat for smallmouth bass, making it a haven for bass fishing enthusiasts.

Summersville Lake is also home to other popular fish species, including walleye, muskellunge, and catfish. Walleye can be found near rocky structures and drop-offs, particularly during the cooler months and low-light conditions. Anglers can use techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or casting with jigs to entice these elusive predators. Muskie, known as the "fish of 10,000 casts," provide an exhilarating challenge for anglers. Summersville Lake holds a healthy population of muskie, and dedicated anglers can target them using large lures or live baits. Catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish, are abundant in the lake and can be caught using various baits such as live baits, stink baits, or cut baits.

Anglers planning to fish at Summersville Lake should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain a valid fishing license. It's important to follow size and creel limits, as well as any special regulations in place to protect the fishery and ensure its sustainability.

Summersville Lake in West Virginia offers a thrilling fishing experience with its popular fish species, including smallmouth bass, walleye, muskellunge, and catfish. Whether you're targeting trophy-sized smallmouth bass, chasing elusive muskie, or enjoying a relaxing day on the water catching catfish, Summersville Lake provides diverse fishing opportunities for anglers of all preferences. Its boating and camping amenities further enhance the overall outdoor experience, making Summersville Lake a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers seeking excitement and tranquility amidst the beauty of West Virginia's landscapes.

It is conveniently located in the central part of the state, at Mt Nebo. Anglers can explore over 60 miles of shoreline, mostly by boat. There are several public boat launch ramps to accommodate pleasure, pontoon, sailing and fishing boats. In some of the campgrounds there are areas for fishing from shore, or portage of kayaks, canoes or car-top boats. Anglers here pursue bass, trout, walleye, crappie, perch, catfish and sunfish, with bass, crappie and walleye getting most of the attention. Campgrounds, shopping, restaurants and fishing tackle are all convenient to visitors. The marina offers boat rentals and complete marina services.

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Primary fish species residing in Summersville Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Perch

Summersville Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Apart from fishing, Summersville Lake offers opportunities for boating and camping. Boaters can explore the expansive waters of the lake, enjoying scenic views and the thrill of water-based adventures. The lake allows motorized boating activities, providing ample room for water skiing, tubing, and leisurely cruises.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Summersville Lake Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
304 872-1331

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Battle Run Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Summersville Lake Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Salmon Run Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, at the north end of the I-19 Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Summersville Lake Boat Docks Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, north side, off Summersville Lake Boat Docks Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Summersville Lake Winter Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, south side, off Summersville Lake Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.


Summersville Lake Marina
1706 Airport Rd
Summersville, WV 26651
304 872-1331

Fishing Guides On Summersville Lake

Summersville Lake Fishing Trips - all species

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Fishing License

Click here for a West Virginia Fishing License.

Camping facilities, including campgrounds equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and hiking trails, are available nearby, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Battle Run Campground - 304 872-3459

Gauley Tailwaters Campground - 304 465-0508

Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins - 304 872-6222

Summersville Lake RV Sites - 304 872-5975

Summersville Lake WV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Summersville Lake
Summersville Lake Marina
1706 Airport Road
Summersville, West Virginia 26651


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