Geneva State Park named best family fishing spot in Ohio

The view of Lake Erie from the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

Geneva State Park has been named to Fishingbooker.com’s list of 50 best family fishing vacations in the United States.

The website, which lets anglers find and book fishing trips, picked one spot in each state. The park is in Geneva-on-the-Lake, a strip of family fun that calls itself Ohio’s first family resort. 

“Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, the Geneva State Park is your gateway to first-class Walleye fishing,” Fishingbooker writes. “Plus, you and your kids could be reeling in Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow and Brown Trout. Families frequent the Geneva State Park. You can explore freshwater marshes, sandy beaches, and shimmering Lake Erie waters. There are camp sites around the lake and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a quick ride away.”

Walleye fishing in Lake Erie has proved phenomenal this year.

Lake Erie walleye fishing in 2018 promises to be spectacular

As the Walleye Capital of the World Lake Erie has one of the most prolific fisheries anywhere. (Fishery basically means total amount of fish.) Anglers fly from as far as California to charter a boat and catch walleye or perch in the Ohio waters of the lake.

Lake Erie has 2 percent of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50 percent of the fish.

Tourists (including plenty from other Great Lakes states, which have much lower limits on the number of fish you can take) come for a few days and stay all along the North Coast, from Toledo to Conneaut.

The economic impact of sportfishing in the eight lakefront Ohio counties is $1.5 billion, creating 10,500 full-time equivalency jobs.

Eric Franz, general manager of the Lodge at Geneva State Park, told the Ashtabula Star Beacon that the Fishing Booker title is terrific.

“There’s a lot to attract families here,” he told the newspaper. “Every day we see private and charter boats leaving the marina to go fishing. Along with fishing there are other attractions that make it naturally a family destination, like the zip-line, the beach, the campgrounds and nearby Geneva-on-the-Lake.”

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