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Charles Fork Lake, West Virginia Fishing

Charles Fork Lake Fishing Information

Location and Information: Located in Roane County, West Virginia, just southeast of the town of Spencer, this lake covers a respectable 70 acres. It offers an average depth of 27 feet, a maximum depth of 62 feet, and was constructed in 1974. Minnows may not be used as live bait on these waters, while camping is permissible pending approval of the site manager.

Boating is permitted on the lake, but only electric motors are allowed. A boat dock and boat ramp are available, as well as options for handicap-accessible fishing. Trail surrounding the lake also offer good opportunities for shore fishing.

Charles Fork Lake Fishing Map

Charles Fork Lake WV Fishing Map

Popular Fishing Species List:

According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Charles Fork Lake contains numerous species of popular fish. Despite being a small fishery, the lake does offer decent fishing throughout the year. So, what type of fish are in Charles Fork? While many West Virginia lakes receive trout stocking throughout the year, no trout are stocked on these waters. That said, green sunfish, channel catfish, largemouth bass and tiger musky are abundant here. Tiger musky especially are considered a top species on the lake, and the WV DNR suggests trolling at depths between 3 and 12 feet along the shoreline for optimum muskie fishing.

You can read our official guide to muskie fishing for tips, tutorials, and advice on how to land your first muskie.

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