LIMA — More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released this spring in 63 Ohio public lakes and ponds, including four in the Lima region.
Trout releases are set for Thursday at Lima Lake and Schoonover Lake in Lima and on Friday at Reservoir No. 1 in Van Wert. On April 17, trout will be released in Davis Lake in Auglaize County.
“By stocking these ponds, we hope to create an opportunity for anglers to be successful, especially young anglers that might be fishing for the very first time,” said ODNR Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody. “Trout fishing provides the ideal introduction to the outdoors for our children and can help foster a lifetime love of fishing.”
Additional information about trout releases is available at http://wildohio.com or by calling 800-945-3543.
Rainbow trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and measure 10 to 13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.
Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2014-15 fishing license is now available and is valid through Feb. 28. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license costs $11 for residents and nonresidents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.
Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937, may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. People age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months are eligible to purchase the reduced-cost resident senior license for $10.
Licenses and permits can be purchased online at http://wildohio.com and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.com.
Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity, the ODNR said. It is a user-pay, user-benefit program.
The SFR is a partnership between federal and state government, industry and anglers and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education to youth and secure and develop boat accesses.