Division of Wildlife’s Youth Fishing Area in Akron
Anglers 15 years and younger encouraged to enjoy free, accessible fishing
Occupying the grounds of the old Akron fish hatchery, the Division of Wildlife District Three Youth Fishing Area is open to the public beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing on the weekends through Labor Day. 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 area is open to anglers 15 years of age or younger as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but are not required to have a fishing license to assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available. Equipment, bait, and Division of Wildlife staff member assistance are provided at no charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sportfish Restoration Fund. Species that can be caught include but are not limited to bluegill, catfish, bass, crappie, trout, and carp. Young anglers can catch as many fish as they want but may only keep one fish per day.
Questions may be directed to Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293. The Youth Fishing Area is also open to group reservations. Please call for more details. The youth fishing area is located at 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, OH 44319, and directions can be downloaded here.