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I would like to take my boy out fishing this Friday - looking for a place to go and rent a boat and fish. Bass, walleye, anything, really - just looking to catch fish and enjoy a day on the water.

I'm considering Mogadore, Berlin, Ladue, Pymatuning - haven't been to any of those places though. We've rented a boat at Punderson before and enjoyed it - didn't catch many fish, though.

Any suggestions? Be specific, please - exactly where to rent the boat, etc. Might have 3 of us - maybe a pontoon boat at Pymatuning is a better idea?
 

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You can rent pontoons at Portage Lakes.

Check here... http://www.dustyslanding.com
Or here... http://www.pier619.com

As far as I know, Mogadore rents both row boats and canoes. I think a row boat rents in the $25-30 range for the day, but it's been some time since I was out there.

If you're leaning towards a pontoon, I think both of the sites I linked to offer 4-hour reduced rates before Friday at 5 p.m.

Did you give any consideration to a Lake Erie charter? Not sure what your price range is.
 

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You can rent pontoons at Portage Lakes.

Check here... http://www.dustyslanding.com
Or here... http://www.pier619.com

As far as I know, Mogadore rents both row boats and canoes. I think a row boat rents in the $25-30 range for the day, but it's been some time since I was out there.

If you're leaning towards a pontoon, I think both of the sites I linked to offer 4-hour reduced rates before Friday at 5 p.m.

Did you give any consideration to a Lake Erie charter? Not sure what your price range is.

Considering a charter for a different time. This time I just wanted to hit a small lake for the morning. More to sit in solitude with the kid and nephew than to land fish, really. :) My boy is still learning to cast, still waiting on his first real catch.
 

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Don't rule out Mosquito..Eyes are biting good..No pontoons but Linda at the Causeway bait shop has mod vees to rent
 

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No rentals at LaDue.......Have you considered Leesville...Smaller lake, pontoons, don't have to worry about speed boats creating waves...
 

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Mogadore rents 12' & 14' Lund row boats and a couple different size canoes - last year it was $20 for the day. Includes life vests, cushions and oars; if you have a trolling motor all the better. Hopefully inflation hasn't hit the boat rentals yet...

Lots to fish for at Mogadore - panfish, bass, carp, cats, you name it. Should be able to get your son his first catch at good ole Moggie. ;)

To get to the boathouse take Rt. 43 south from I-76 for about 5 miles or so. You'll come down a hill and the lake will appear on both sides of 43 - the boathouse will be on the left (or East) side of the lake. If you're there in the afternoon you'll be helped by a young man named Will - good guy who knows a lot about the lake and can point you in the right direction for the type of fish you're after. The number there is 330.628.2672 for more info. Tough to catch them in the boat house but you can give it a try.

Let us know how you did!

Bob
 

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Hodgson is a smaller lake, quiet with a wide variety of fish. It's Southwest of Ravenna on Lakewood Road. You can rent a row boat for @ $16. Here's one link: www.fishingohio.net/index.php?t=msg&goto=19251&#msg_19251

Mosquito is much bigger. You can rent a fairly large (for 3) boat with an 8 HP motor pretty cheap. For the exact rates and location (Cortland/Mecca) check out this link to Causeway Sporting Goods: http://causewaysportinggoods.com/

Portage Lakes and West Branch are usually crowded are quite noisy in places.

Good luck!
 

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Like others have stated, if you're looking for a quiet "lazy day," Mogadore is a good choice. However, if you don't have a trolling motor, I'd suggest a canoe over a row boat. The lake isn't huge, but it can feel that way if you're rowing all over the place.
 

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Considering a charter for a different time. This time I just wanted to hit a small lake for the morning. More to sit in solitude with the kid and nephew than to land fish, really. :) My boy is still learning to cast, still waiting on his first real catch.
Consider Dale Walborn also. They rent small boats at the marina. The lake has a 10 hp limit, so it is a bit more noisy than an electric only lake, but still peaceful. Walborn is near Alliance.
 
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