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Berlin Lake is a Reservoir in Portage, Ohio.

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Berlin Lake lies in the northeastern part of Ohio at the junction of Stark, Portage, and Mahoning counties. The lake is located on and is accessible from U. S. Route 224 and State Routes 14 and 225.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Berlin Lake in 1942 on the Mahoning River. The Congressionally authorized purposes were flood control, low flow augmentation, water quality control, and water supply. Berlin Lake has a mean depth of 23 feet with a maximum depth of 55 feet. Annual water level fluctuations can be as much as 20 feet. Mud, sand, and gravel make up most of the bottom composition. Rock ledges can be seen along the original river channel at low pool level.

Fishing Description: 

Berlin Lake has populations of walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, black and white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill, and muskellunge. With the exception of the muskellunge, these species were all stocked into Berlin Lake prior to 1975 by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Most fish species are able to maintain their populations through natural reproduction. However, it has been necessary to supplement the walleye natural reproduction efforts through stocking to satisfy angler demand. From 1975 through 1988
periodic stockings of either walleye fry (0.25") or fingerlings (1 to 2") occurred. From 1988 through 2001 annual walleye fry stockings occurred. From 2002 forward, it is anticipated that annual walleye fingerling stockings will replace the previous fry stockings.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

The most sought after fish at Berlin Lake is the walleye. It is readily taken during the spring and early summer by both trolling with small diving lures and casting with jig and live bait rigs. Ice fishing with jigs and blade lures tipped with minnows is a popular method for taking walleye during the frozen winter months. Largemouth bass are caught each spring and early summer in and around the many narrow arms of this lake and in the shallow flooded willows at the upper end of the lake. Smallmouth bass are caught in good numbers each spring
around the rocky areas that predominate in the middle and lower sections of the lake. Jigging is an especially effective way to catch both bass species. Each spring as the dogwood begin to bloom, some very nice crappies are caught on small jigs and live bait from the many flooded willows, fallen trees, brush piles, and stumps
found in the headwaters of Berlin Lake. Beginning in June and continuing on through the summer, channel catfish can be caught after dark fishing from the shoreline.

Berlin Lake
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