TROUT FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AWAIT ANGLERS|
AT STATE’S CASTALIA FISH HATCHERY
Lottery entry forms available online at ohiodnr.com/wildlife
COLUMBUS, OH - Controlled trout-fishing opportunities on Cold Creek, one of Ohio’s most unique streams, again await fishing enthusiasts who enter a special lottery conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
A half-mile section of the creek, located at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County, will again be open to a limited number of anglers on selected dates between April 2 and October 26 next year. Those anglers interested in fishing the stream must submit an application form, along with a non-refundable $3 application fee, by January 31 in order to be eligible for the random drawing. Application information can be obtained from the ODNR Division of Wildlife web site at ohiodnr.com/wildlife or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of their fishing dates.
There will be two seasons: one for adults (April 2 through June 6 and August 20 through October 26), and one for youths age 16 and under (June 7 through August 17). Individuals selected to participate will be allowed to bring along two other adults and three youths under the age of 16 (no more than six people total).
Special fishing rules will be in effect for this event to ensure that a quality fishing experience is maintained throughout the season. One of these special rules prohibits catch and release fishing, with wildlife officials requiring that anglers keep all fish they catch. The daily bag limit will be five trout per angler.
Anglers selected for the trout fishing will have their names posted on the division’s web site and will also be notified by mail of their selection.
Anglers will be required to check in at the hatchery upon arrival and check out at the end of their session. Fishing sessions will be open from 7 a.m. to noon. Anglers age 16 and older will need a valid 2007 Ohio fishing license.
An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19; a one-day fishing license costs $11. Those who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward purchase of an annual fishing license.