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Berlin Lake, OH

Popular Fish Species Berlin Lake, OH

Berlin Lake Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Berlin Lake for many years to come. April, May and June tend to be the best time for weekend anglers to catch them. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times. When the lake freezes over in winter, ice fishing for walleye can be very productive. Use GPS to locate spots you normally fish during other times of the year.

Berlin Lake Popular Fish - Crappie


Black and white crappie both reside in Berlin Lake, with black crappie typically running a larger size than white crappie. They do school together so when you find them you may catch both species. Crappie fishing is on the rise and they can be found in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. 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. When the lake freezes over, ice fishing is often a great way to catch a quick limit of crappie.

Berlin Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Fishing in Berlin Lake for largemouth bass does run hot and cold at times, however the fishing has been better than usual, lately. Berlin Lake offers plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass are typically shallow and aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. 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 fishing Berlin Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and muskie at Berlin Lake in Ohio.

One of several lakes between Youngstown and Akron Ohio, Berlin Lake is a 3,300-acre lake renown for its walleye fishing. Casting and trolling are both popular here and can be quite successful at times. Ice fishing also provides angling opportunities in winter for black crappie, white crappie, walleye and bluegill.

Fishing enthusiasts are drawn to Berlin Lake for its diverse fishery. The lake is well-known for its excellent walleye population, attracting anglers from near and far. Anglers can also target other species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. Whether fishing from the shoreline, wading in shallow areas, or taking a boat out on the water, Berlin Lake provides ample opportunities for anglers to reel in their favorite fish.

There are over 70 miles of shoreline to explore and fish from a boat, or in some areas with access for fishing from the bank. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, black and white crappie, catfish, muskie, white bass and bluegill all provide fishing choices for anglers of all ages and experience. There is plenty of parking around the lake and multiple boat ramps for launching fishing boats, pontoons and pleasure boats. There are no horse-power limitations on Berlin Lake. Kayaks and canoes are a convenient way to fish sections of the lake and go sightseeing. Marinas, stores, restaurants, lodging and campgrounds enhance the outdoor experience for family vacations or fishing outings.

Berlin Lake, located in northeastern Ohio, is a popular destination for anglers, boaters, and campers alike. With its vast expanse of water spanning over 3,300 acres, Berlin Lake offers abundant fishing opportunities and a variety of recreational activities.

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Primary fish species residing in Berlin Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Muskie

Berlin Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is another popular activity at Berlin Lake. The lake allows various watercraft, including motorboats, sailboats, and personal watercraft. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the lake's expansive waters, exploring hidden coves, and engaging in water sports activities. Boat ramps and marinas are available for convenient access to the lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Berlin Water Adventures
Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
330 257-6336

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Berlin Lake Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, west side, off Road 75, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Mill Creek Campground Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Berlin Station Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.


Dutch Harbor Marina
640 Hartzell Rd
North Benton, OH 44449
330 584-4174

Fishing Guides On Berlin Lake

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Berlin Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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Camping facilities are also available at Berlin Lake, making it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. The Berlin Lake Recreation Area offers both primitive and developed campsites, with options for tents and RVs. Campers can enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake, immerse themselves in nature, and take advantage of the nearby fishing opportunities.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lakeside Campground - 330 547-2250

Philabaun's Hidden Cove Resort Campground - 330 584-3695

McDermottís Lakefront Campground - 216 396-1500

Mill Creek Campground - 330 547-8180

Berlin Lake OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Berlin Lake
Dutch Harbor Marina
640 Hartzell Rd
North Benton, OH 44449
330 584-4174


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Berlin Lake in Ohio.

Berlin Lake offers some of the best walleye fishing in northeast Ohio.

Fishing on Berlin Lake, in OH.