Part of Ohio’s famed Portage lakes chain, Turkeyfoot Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Ohio, with excellent fishing for bass and crappie. Its location near Akron and easy access through Portage Lakes State Park make it a popular destination for fishing.
Size: 483 acres.
Depth: 60 feet.
Location: Summit County, about 10 miles south of Akron.
Access: Portage Lakes State Park provides boat launch facilities, fishing piers and shore access.
Predominant Fish Species: Largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and sunfish.
Special Regulations: A 30-fish daily limit and 9-inch minimum length is in place for crappie. All other species are managed under statewide angling regulations. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Fishing Tips and Tactics: Spring and early summer offer prime fishing conditions on Turkeyfoot Lake, with opportunities to catch bass, bluegill, sunfish and crappie around boat docks, weeds, drop-offs, bays and coves. Largemouth bass often fall for spinnerbaits, jigs and soft plastics, while live minnows and small jigs are excellent for crappies. Turkeyfoot Lake also has some of the best catfish opportunities in the Portage Lakes chain, especially near shore on warm summer nights. For catfish, use natural baits like cut shad, nightcrawlers and chicken livers, and keep your bait close to the bottom.