ODNR Division of Wildlife Youth Fishing Area Opens to Young Anglers

Young anglers are getting their chance to take on the popular youth fishing area in Portage Lakes of Akron for free.

Kid and Dad fishingThe area will open to anglers 15 and under beginning Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 27th, 2017 and continuing on the weekends through Labor Day, September 4th.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife youth fishing ponds is located at 912 Portage Lakes Drive in Akron. Hours of operation are 9:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. every Saturday and Sunday as well as Memorial Day and Labor Day.  The youth ponds will not be open on Tuesday, July 4th.

ODNR officials note however; all young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the youth area, but adults are not required to have a fishing license.

Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but may assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available.

Species that can be caught include but are not limited to bluegill, catfish, bass, crappie, trout, and carp. Read more about where to fish, how to target certain species, and the popular Fish Ohio! program at wildohio.gov.

Visitors should note that each young angler may keep only one fish daily at the youth fishing ponds but catching and releasing fish for the duration of the visit is welcome.

Questions may be directed to the Wildlife District Three Headquarters at 330-644-2293 or visit http://www2.ohiodnr.gov/akronyouthponds for more information.

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