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Leesville Lake, OH

Popular Fish Species Leesville Lake, OH

Leesville Lake Popular Fish - Muskie

Muskie Fishing

Fishing for Muskellunge in Leesville 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. Because of their sharp teeth, steel leaders are highly recommended. 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.

Leesville Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

For weekend anglers, most any rod and reel will work for catching channel catfish at Leesville Lake, as long as the line is strong enough. For serious catfish enthusiasts, using the right equipment enhances success, especially when you hook one of the big boys. A medium action, to medium-heavy action rod is ideal, in the 6' to 7' range. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits on at least 10-pound line. Use sharp hooks with bait holders on the shank, or circle hooks for live bait. The state record channel catfish is over 37 pounds, and Leesville Lake holds some pretty big ones. Night fishing for catfish often delivers better results than daytime fishing. Fishing for channel catfish is often most productive around any kind of structure in the area. In Spring channel catfish migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin.

Leesville Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Leesville Lake continues to deliver great catches of largemouth bass, as it has for several years now. The Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources has maintained a thriving bass fishery and the results are beginning to show. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers. Recent results by locals, and bass fishing tournament participants, attest to the fact that fishing for largemouth bass has been very rewarding lately. Also, there is the potential for catching a monster. Big mouth bass often move shallow and become fairly aggressive when they are in a feeding mood. If they seem disinterested in your presentations, try slowing down and use smaller, lighter baits. 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 options. In winter, spend your time fishing Leesville Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Fishing for largemouth bass can range from fair to very good here, year round.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, northern pike, muskie and saugeye at Leesville Lake in Ohio.

Leesville Lake Fishing Video

Known for its excellent muskellunge (muskie) fishing, Leesville Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, with over 25 miles of shoreline. Boats have a 10-hp limit, so canoes, kayaks, inflatables and car-top boats are popular here.

Leesville Lake, located in eastern Ohio, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a tranquil and scenic retreat. With its serene surroundings and diverse recreational opportunities, Leesville Lake offers excellent fishing, boating, and camping experiences.

Fishing at Leesville Lake provides anglers with the opportunity to target various fish species. The lake is known for its abundant populations of crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and saugeye. Anglers can cast their lines from the shoreline, fish from a boat, or explore the lake's numerous coves and submerged structures for optimal fishing spots. Leesville Lake's diverse fishery ensures that anglers of all skill levels can have a rewarding and enjoyable fishing experience.

Rental boats are available at the lake from several locations. There are two marinas on the lake and one public launch ramp. The camping areas and public access areas around the lake provide opportunities for fishing from the bank. Campgrounds with RV hookups, lodging, fishing tackle, shops, restaurants and lodging are all close at hand.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Ohio

Primary fish species residing in Leesville Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Muskie Northern Pike Saugeye

Leesville Lake Amenities

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

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

Fishing Boat Rentals

Leesville North Fork Marina & Campground
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
330 627-4270

Leesville South Fork Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
740 269-5371

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Leesville North Fork Marina Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, north side, off Azalea Road SW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Leesville South Fork Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, south west side, off Deer Road SW, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Leesville North Fork Marina & Campground
2126 Azalea Rd SW
Carrollton, OH 44615
330 627-4270

Leesville South Fork Marina
4131 Deer Road SW
Bowerston, Ohio 44695
740 269-5371

Fishing Guides On Leesville Lake

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

Fishing License

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Camping facilities at Leesville Lake cater to those looking to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The Leesville South Fork Marina and Campground provide 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.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Leesville Lake North Fork Marina & Campground - 330 627-4270

Leesville Lake South Fork Campground - 740 269-9214

Springhill Campgrounds - 740 269-8463

Leesville Lake OH Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Leesville Lake
Leesville Lake North Fork Marina & Campground
2126 Azalea Rd SW
Carrollton, OH 44615
330 627-4270


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