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Summit Park Fishing Pond


Summit Park’s fishing pond features trout for free fishing all year without a license. It is open all year, and no one needs one.

Cliff Zimmer, a retired Summit police officer, has been helping run the derby for many years and understands its significance – held rain or shine!


Kokanee is a fun and delectable fish to catch, providing anglers with an enjoyable change from trout, bass, and panfish fishing. Kokanee is excellent fighting fish that make tasty table fare; though seeing one may require additional setup or equipment than what would usually be required by other species such as trout, bass, or panfish, it will surely pay off!

No matter your method for fishing kokanee, using appropriate equipment is vital. A medium-light action rod in the 6 to 7-foot range typically makes an excellent starting point – providing enough backbone to bring a fish safely to your net without breaking your line.

As spring gives way to summer, kokanee fish move from shallower water along the thermocline into deeper waters where they school tightly together – this makes it easy to locate with sonar units since you can follow their school with your boat and target specific spots within a lake where they reside.

Kokanee fishers understand the delicate mouths of kokanee, so using quality hooks on their lures is critical. Many kokanee are lost due to themes coming out of their mouths, so use heavy gauge wire hooks that won’t pull out during significant battles – many add rubber snubbers at the end of their leaders to combat this problem and ensure success when fishing for kokanee.

Fishing for kokanee requires having an assortment of lures in your arsenal. Kokanee fish tend to favor vibrant hues like hot pink, fluorescent reds and oranges, and chartreuse, as well as glow or UV colors; plus, they often take baits such as grubs, spinners, and spoons as artificial baits.

Once you find an ideal kokanee fishing area, try to always remain above the school. Pressure from other boats may force schools apart quickly, so keeping an eye on your sonar and adjusting to keep your boat over the group are critical to success.


Bass fishing can be challenging, yet nothing compares to the thrill of hearing your buzz bait or Jitterbug bounce off the bottom and be swallowed up by an enormous largemouth bass. To have any success at bass fishing, you will require a fast-action rod capable of tossing and retrieving quickly – bass have bony mouths, so setting your hook quickly ensures your bait becomes embedded within them, which is why using a trick with strong hooks that can hook rapidly is essential for success.

Fishing for bass during its pre-spawn window can be highly fruitful. At this time, they will be feeding heavily to prepare for breeding, often moving into shallower water to build nests or moving aggressively towards shallow areas to establish nests – providing ample opportunities to catch some trophy fish! Be ready!

Once pre-spawning ends, bass typically prefer to stay deeper in water or structures like boulders for their feeds. They like eating lures with crawfish or peach hues in spring while later picking chrome and shad lures in summer and fall. Also, remember that bass is most active before fronts pass, so make your bait selection accordingly.

Summit Lake offers an excellent fishing opportunity for Largemouth bass and Channel catfish enthusiasts alike, thanks to its abundance of vegetation and cover, making it ideal for novice and expert anglers alike.

Summit Lake is home to the Summit Metro Parks Rare Fish Project, designed to restore and protect rare species. The project involves collaboration among Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), Summit County Park District, Ohio State University, and others; fresh broodstock is collected annually from the wild before being introduced into one of five manmade ponds for overwintering and spawning purposes before being collected out again in October by CVNP sites or Summit Metro Parks sites for continued reintroductions.


Catfish are a favorite among anglers, as their hard-hitting and versatile nature makes them easy targets. Catfish possess one of the most vital senses of smell among North American fish species and have a specialized ability to see light, making them exceptionally responsive to lures featuring reflective material such as glow-in-the-dark strips.

Migration is part of their natural habits; many species regularly migrate upstream and downstream, typically found along river or creek systems, reservoirs, and lakes. When hunting these fish in lakes or reservoirs, look for transition areas such as weeded edges of shallow gravel banks or sandbanks adjacent to deeper waters. Rock and brush piles submerged offshore and stump fields or laydowns (dead trees in the water) provide excellent locations to start hunting catfish. Dams and other obstructions that create deep holes offer further opportunities for catfish fishing, as do confluences between rivers and creeks where inflowing waters flow slower or colder than the primary river current.

As channel and flathead catfish are predominantly freshwater species, they also thrive in brackish waters such as rivers, bayous, sloughs, and the Mississippi Delta salty marshes. When fishing these brackish waters for channel and flathead catfish, try fishing around structures such as bridge pilings, piers docks, and boat lifts, as these provide ample cover while offering abundant baitfish sources.

An effective strategy when targeting these fish is to go at night when they’re most active. Not only are these creatures drawn by darkness, but they’re also feeding at this time because it allows them to find vulnerable prey when the sun goes down.

Having difficulty finding catfish in your area? Don’t hesitate to seek advice from other anglers for tips and advice if needed; anglers tend to be very generous with sharing knowledge of local fisheries. You might be amazed by what insight others can provide!


Crappies are a viral species throughout the United States, found in lakes, rivers, ponds, and creeks nationwide. Novice anglers will find them easy to catch as table fare, while their population fluctuates from year to year due to spawning fish that produce eggs depending on water temperatures – meaning finding these tasty treats may become more challenging during certain seasons.

Crappies are highly prized fish that move from deep waters into shallow weed beds in spring to spawn, providing ample fishing opportunities. One effective lure option for fishing these fish is a simple jig, available in various sizes, shapes, and colors to cover an expansive area with minimum effort required; additionally, bobbers help keep bait visible to fish.

Once their spawn has concluded, crappie will revert into deeper waters, where they may move to either reposition themselves in weedy areas or begin migrating to deeper basins as the temperature starts to fall.

If you enjoy gamefish, Summit Lake provides an ideal location to go fishing for it and can be easily reached via Highway 101.

Summit Fishing’s success lies in understanding how weather conditions impact crappie behavior and movements so that you are sure of being at the right place and time.

Crappies are ambush predators, using an energy-conserving hunting style. Crappies will usually avoid prey items, including lures. As such, the bait must match water conditions accurately; when dealing with more transparent waters, it may be best to choose brighter hues like pink, yellow, chartreuse, or white to draw their attention; conversely, when fishing murkier waters, subtle baits might work better.