A Guide for Anglers: Where to Fish in Ashtabula County

Ideal Lake Erie shoreline, inland, and tributary fishing locations across Ashtabula County. Learn what fish you can catch in the area and where to visit.

Get closer to nature and understanding our natural environment with some bait and a rod. Try these options for a variety of fishing experiences and catches.

Best for Inland Fishing

Pymatuning State Park invites outdoor lovers of all ages to enjoy a relaxing lakeside vacation experience. In a setting that highlights the mystery of an old swamp forest and the excitement of a water recreation area, Pymatuning is one of the finest walleye and muskellunge lakes in the county, and offers excellent camping, swimming, and boating opportunities.

Address: 6100 Pymatuning Lake Rd., Andover
Contact: 440-293-6030
At a Glance: Public access, year-round, no entrance fee. Either an Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing license is required for boat fishing, but bank fishing requires a license from the applicable state.
Amenities: Restrooms, picnic area, dedicated parking.
Fish Found Here: Walleye (year round), Crappie (spring and fall), Black bass (year round, best in May-June), Bluegill (year round), Yellow perch (spring and fall), Muskellunge (spring to fall).

Best for Lake Erie Shoreline Fishing Access

Walnut Beach Park is a coastal access site that feature a wildlife preserve, playground, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, picnic tables, a skate park, and concession stand. However, the majority of the city-owned park is an expansive foot-friendly sand beach backed by low dunes with beach vegetation. Ashtabula Harbor’s west breakwater is at the east end of the beach. It extends 1.4 miles into Lake Erie and provides fishing access.

Address: 1645 Walnut Blvd., Ashtabula
Contact: 440-992-7103
At a Glance: Public access, year-round, no entrance fee.
Amenities: Walking trails, observation platform, restrooms, picnic area/concessions (seasonal), playground, handicap-accessible boardwalk and seating area, dedicated parking.
Fish Found Here: Walleye (June-September), Yellow perch (September- November), Smallmouth bass (May and October), Largemouth bass (year round, best in May-June)

Best for Tributary Fishing/River Wading

The Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark has an activity field, woodlands, covered pavilions with picnic tables, and a popular bait and gift shop. The patrons now enjoy birding, field games, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, wading, photography, picnicking, and the numerous popular events hosted by the Friends of the Harpersfield Metropark.

Address: 1122 Harpersfield Rd. Geneva
Contact: 440-576-0717
At a Glance: Public access, year-round, no entrance fee.
Amenities: Restrooms, picnic area, dedicated parking.
Fish Found Here: Steelhead (fall to spring), Smallmouth bass (year round), Channel catfish (summer), Crappie (spring and fall), Bluegill (year round), Muskellunge (spring to fall), Common carp (year round), Rock bass (summer).

Accessible Sites

ODNR is committed to facilitating outdoor experiences for people of all abilities. Find a list of accessible fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing areas throughout the state at wildohio.gov or call 1-800-WILDLIFE to be connected with your nearest district office.

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