There’s nothing that teaches patience more than a day of fishing. These lakes and creeks near Akron, Ohio are perfect spots to take the kids fishing. If you are lucky, you might just catch that trophy-sized Walleye that you can brag about for the rest of the year. Keep reading to find out where to go and don’t forget your fishing pole and tackle box.

Firestone Metro Park

Anglers ages 15 and under can fish at Little Turtle Pond (parents may help only). Will you luck out and catch Black Crappie, Channel Catfish or Rainbow Trout? Or, head to Tuscarawas River to try your luck there.

2620 Harrington Rd.
Akron, OH
Online: summitmetroparks.org

 

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Portage Lakes State Park

This chain of five lakes is a favorite for fishing all year round as ice fishing happens when the lakes freeze over. They total 1681 acres of fishing waters with 37.84 miles of shoreline. Several boat launches are located around the lake. You can expect to find Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Crappie and more. There are lots of bait and tackle shops nearby if you need to gear up before you head out. 

5031 Manchester Rd.
Akron, OH
Online: stateparks.com

 

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Springfield Lake

Springfield Lake is located in Summit County, Ohio. This lake is 289 acres in size and is approximately 28 feet deep at its deepest point. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Walleye. There's plenty of shoreline for fishing, a playground and a walking trail. 

2459 Canfield Rd.
Akron, OH
Online: akronlife.com

 

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Mogadore Reservoir

Completed in 1939, Mogadore Reservoir is formed from the damming of the Little Cuyahoga River. You can typically rent boats at the marina from April through Labor Day. Bait can also be purchased here. Bluegill, Sunfish and other varieties of fish are regularly caught here. 

Online: akronohio.gov

 

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Mosquito Creek Lake

Located in Mosquito Lake State Park, this lake is popular for Walleye fishing. There are two boat rental facilities on the lake as well as three public boat ramps. 

1439 Wilson Sharpsville Rd.
Cortland, OH

—Kate Loweth

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