• Enter the “Biggest Fish of the Week Contest”

    Now is the best time ever to get out and enjoy Nature, and where better than our Geauga parks?

    Geauga Park District is teaming up with Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell and State Rep. Diane Grendell to offer another creative way to get outside and enjoy your parks. We’ve noticed you’ve been taking advantage of the 70+ miles of trails in your 25 parks. You’ve also been tuning into our YouTube channel for wonderful naturalist-led educational videos. Now it’s time to go fishing!

    Introducing our new youth fishing contest for Geauga County residents ages 17 and under, sponsored by Judge Tim Grendell and State Rep. Diane Grendell! The winner each week will receive, courtesy of Judge Tim Grendell and State Rep. Diane Grendell, a fishing rod and reel. “We hope, during this difficult time, to inspire our youth to safely enjoy the outdoors,” said Judge Grendell.

    Wednesday, April 1, is the contest kick-off. We will accept weekly entries through the following Tuesday evening. The contest will take place all spring long, concluding with the final week beginning Wednesday, June 17. If you are 16 years of age or older, you can obtain a license online through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

    Not sure where to go fishing, or what you can catch? Hover over Activities in the menu above and select Fishing for some guidance.

    To enter the contest, send a picture of the young angler holding his or her fish to info@geaugaparkdistrict.org, complete with name, age, hometown, date, and the pond, lake or river location where the fish was caught within the Geauga Park District. (Only fish caught from a Geauga Park District waterway qualify to win.) Also, please write the words “Biggest Fish of the Week Contest” in the email subject line. You can enter weekly. Any fish species is eligible.

    Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros and Park Biologist Paul Pira will look at the length, weight and quality of each fish entered, so be sure to take as much pride in your photo as possible in order for us to determine what is the biggest fish of the week. Winning youth may also appear on our social media or publicity materials.

    Your parks offer a range of fishing opportunities: ponds, lakes, and in the case of Eldon Russell Park, the opportunity to fish the Cuyahoga River for Northern Pike. Many park ponds and lakes are also stocked with species such as Largemouth Bass, Sunfish and Channel Catfish. For a list of fishing locations and species, please visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, then Fishing.

    “Geauga Park District is fortunate to have some wonderful fisheries,” Oros said. “They range in size from small ponds to large lakes. Spring is the perfect time to catch a variety of species; the water is warming up and fish are ready to eat. What a time to beat cabin fever and get outside to one of our parks! We wish our young contestants the best.”

    Remember be courteous to others and maintain social distancing!