Article Posted: February 18, 2005

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COLUMBUS, OH - More than 80,000 rainbow trout will be released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife in 45 Ohio lakes and ponds from March through May, to enhance public fishing opportunities. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler.

“Fishing is a family activity that brings many Ohioans hours of enjoyment,” said John Navarro, fish hatchery administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “These releases enhance the opportunity for all anglers to make a great catch.”

Special youth-only angler events will be featured at some of the scheduled release locations on the day of release. The fish being released at all locations measure 10 to 13 inches in length.

Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish public waters. A 2005-2006 fishing license is required on March 1 and can be purchased online at ohiodnr.com or at any of the 1,200 license vendors around the state.

An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 28, 2006. A one-day fishing license is $11 for residents and non-residents, and can be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.

Resident anglers born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Anglers age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938 and have resided in Ohio for the past six months are eligible to purchase the reduced cost Resident Senior License for $10.


Lake/Notes County Date
Adams Lake Adams March 9
Rush Run Lake Preble March 11
Clark Lake Clark March 16
Monroe Wildlife Area Monroe March 16
Rose Lake Hocking March 17
Timber Ridge lake Lawrence March 17
Wolf Run S.P. lake Noble March 17
Belmont Lake Belmont March 23
New lexington reservoir Perry March 24
Stonelick Lake Clermont March 24
Forked Run S.P. Lake Meigs March 25
Barnsville res. #3 Belmont March 25
Sycamore S.P. Lake Montgomary March 25
White Star Quarry Sandusky March 25
Antrim Park Lake Franklin April 1 (youth only 12-1:00pm)
Pearson Lake Lucas April 2 (youth only April 2)
Rocky Fork Lake Highland April 2 (youth only 1-4:00pm)
Yoctangee Park Lake Ross April 2 (youth only 8-11:30am)
West Lake Rec. Cnt. Cuyahoga April 7
Delta Reservoir #2 Fulton April 7
Shadow Lake Cuyahoga April 7
Forest Hill Pond Cuyahoga April 7
Blue Limestone Park Delaware April 8
Cenci Park Pond Fairfield April 8
Schoonover Lake Allen April 8
Jefferson Lake Jefferson April 8
Vesuvius Lawrence April 8 (mobility impaired accessible)
Dow Lake Athens April 9 (youth event)
Hinckley Lake Medina April 14
Shelby Reservoir #3 Richland April 14
Quarry Park Pond Marion April 15
Silver Creek lake Summit April 15
Punderson Lake Geauga April 16 (youth event 9-12:00noon)
Jackson City Reservoir Jackson April 16 (youth event)
Van Wert Reservoir #1 Van Wert April 16 (youth event)
Mt. Gilead S.P. Lake Morrow April 22
Glacier Lake Mahoning April 22
Turkey Creek Lake Scioto April 23 (youth event)
Olander Lake Lucas April 23 (youth only until 1:00pm)
MC Karns Williams April 28
lock #4, Ohio Canal Stark April 30 (youth only 8-11:00am)
Eyman Park Ponds Fayette May 7 (youth only until 2:00pm)
Geirtz Lake Hancock May 7 (youth only until 11:00am)
East Harbor S.P. Pond Ottawa May 8 (youth only until 4:00pm)
Little Turtle Pond Summit May 14 (youth only May 14)

Note: “youth only” means that only adults with kids under 16 years of age are allowed
“youth event” means that there is a youth event but that others are also allowed

Source: ODNR

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