Travel and fish around the state of Ohio as much as I’ve had the opportunity to do, and you eventually get a grasp on what fisheries throughout the state are regarded as generally premier for particular species. In many cases, the debates rage and offer up a distinctly splintered and varied range of opinions in most cases, as you might imagine. However, when it comes to public largemouth bass fisheries, the call in that revered category is as close to a consensus as you’re ever going to get the vast numbers of Buckeye State anglers to agree on — it’s by acclamation the Akron area’s own Portage Lakes.
Although home to fine populations of crappie, bluegill and catfish as well, it is the revered bigmouth bass that has over decades put this interconnected string of lakes into the hierarchy of bass fishing, with a half-dozen tournaments and club events per week a regularity during the region’s limited open water season. It is truly astonishing to experience the resiliency of this fishery under such an onslaught of talented and experienced bass anglers, to say nothing of the regular presence of the regular phalanx of individual visitors. The fishery long benefitted from the regular bass stockings courtesy of the revered Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club.
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