Limited fishing at Castalia hatchery to be allowed
Written by Toledo Blade   
Monday, 30 January 2006 10:27

Ohio is not known as a stream trout-angling mecca, but state fisheries managers are offering limited public opportunities this spring and summer to partake in some classic fishing at its Castalia Fish Hatchery in Erie County.

A half-mile section of the well known Cold Creek flows through the hatchery property at Castalia, and it again will be open to a limited number of anglers between April 3 and Oct. 27.

To apply for a random lottery drawing for a fishing slot, submit an application and a nonrefundable $3 processing fee by Wednesday. An application can be made on-line at the state Web site, www.ohiodnr.com, by clicking on fish and wildlife and going to the trout fishing lottery quick-link on that page. You also can download, fill out, and mail in an application from the Web site, or you can call 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Two seasons are planned under this drawing. A split season for adults is scheduled April 3 through June 2 and Aug. 21 through Oct. 27. One for youths is set for June 5 through Aug. 18. Individuals selected may bring two other adults and three youths under age 16.

Special fishing rules prohibit catch-and-release angling, but anglers are allowed to keep five trout apiece. Daily fishing sessions will be from 7 a.m. to noon. A fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older.

Another Castalia lottery program offers beginning lessons and opportunities in fly fishing for trout on Cold Creek. A total of 135 slots will be available for morning and afternoon clinics on Fridays between April 28 and June 2.

Ohio Division of Wildlife staff and members of Trout Unlimited will provide lessons, after which participants will be able to fly-fish on the creek. Available dates include April 28, May 5, 12, and 19, and June 2.

To apply send a postcard with name, address, and telephone number to: Linda Keesecker, care of Ohio Wildlife District 2, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio, 45840. Deadline to apply is April 1. Each angler drawn may bring a guest but duplicate postcard applications are not allowed and permits are nontransferable.

Finally, a daylong fly fishing clinic for 15 young anglers is planned for June 9 at the hatchery grounds.

Topics covered are to include "bugology," fly-tying equipment, nomenclature, setup, and casting with instructors from the wildlife division and Clear Fork Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The clinic will include a trout fishing session on Cold Creek.

To apply for a lottery drawing for the clinic, applicants ages 15 and under must submit a postcard with name, age, address, and telephone number no later than May 1 to: Youth Fly Fishing Clinic, Ohio Wildlife District 2, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, Ohio, 45840.

Successful applicants must be accompanied by a nonfishing adult. Only one postcard is allowed per applicant. The hatchery is located off State Rt. 269 just north of Castalia.

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In other fishing news, Ohio anglers are reminded that effective March 1 walleye and yellow perch limits are being increased for Lake Erie and connected waters.

The walleye creel increases only slightly, from three allowed a year ago to four in March and April, with a six-fish creel-limit the rest of the year. An existing 15-inch minimum keeper length remains in effect year round.

The current 30-fish daily creel for yellow perch increases to 40 on March 1. Perch populations, which were in decline in the mid-1990s, have rebounded to healthier levels since the 30-fish limit was instituted in 1995, the Ohio Division of Wildlife said.

Another new regulation for the 2006 license-year allows anglers to keep only one channel catfish larger than 28 inches in a day, or one flathead catfish larger than 35 inches in a day.

 
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