Ohio Spring Trout Release Calendar

COLUMBUS, OH – Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,700 rainbow trout, each measuring 10 to 13 inches long, are released into 48 Ohio lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The releases will take place between mid-March and mid-May; anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Some locations will feature special, youth-only angler events on the day of the scheduled releases. Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. Once the youth-only events have concluded, all other anglers may fish.

The 2011-2012 fishing license can be purchased now and is required on March 1. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 29, 2012. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents or non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit towards purchase of an annual fishing license.

Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons 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.

Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE. Information is also available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.

Lake County Date/Notes
ADAMS LAKE ADAMS 3/18/2011
ANTRIM PARK LAKE FRANKLIN 4/22/2011
ASHLEY UPGROUND DELAWARE 5/7/2011 (youth only 10am – 1pm)
BARNESVILLE RES. #3 BELMONT 3/24/2011
BELMONT LAKE BELMONT 3/18/2011
BLUE LIME STONE PARK DELAWARE 4/1/2011
CANAL FULTON (OH CANAL #4) STARK 4/30/2011 (youth only 8am – 11am)
CENCI PARK POND FAIRFIELD 4/9/2011 (youth only 10am – 11:30pm)
CLARK LAKE CLARK 4/1/2011
DAVIS AUGLAIZE 4/21/2011
DELTA RESERVOIR #2 FULTON 3/31/2011
DOW LAKE ATHENS 3/31/2011
EAST HARBOR STATE PARK POND OTTAWA 4/23/2011
EYMAN PARK PONDS FAYETTE 4/30/2011 (youth only)
FOREST HILL POND CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
FORKED RUN STATE PARK LAKE MEIGS 3/24/2011
GIERTZ LAKE HANCOCK 5/7/2011
HINCKLEY LAKE MEDINA 4/14/2011
JACKSON CITY RESERVOIR JACKSON 4/23/2011
JEFFERSON LAKE JEFFERSON 4/8/2011
LITTLE TURTLE POND SUMMIT 4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)
MCKARNS LAKE WILLIAMS 4/21/2011
MILL CREEK LAKE MAHONING 4/21/2011
MONROE LAKE MONROE 3/17/2011
MT. GILEAD STATE PARK LAKE MORROW 4/8/2011
NEW LEXINGTON RESERVOIR PERRY 3/11/2011
OLANDER LAKE LUCAS 4/30/2011
PEARSON METRO PARK LUCAS 4/16/2011
PUNDERSON LAKE GEAUGA 4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – Noon)
QUARRY PARK POND MARION 3/25/2011
ROCKY FORK LAKE HIGHLAND 4/2/2011 (youth only 1pm – 4pm)
ROSE LAKE HOCKING 4/22/2011
RUSH RUN LAKE PREBLE 3/25/2011
SCHOONOVER LAKE ALLEN 4/14/2011
SHADOW LAKE CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
SHELBY RESERVOIR #3 RICHLAND 3/31/2011
SILVER CREEK LAKE SUMMIT 4/15/2011
STONELICK LAKE CLERMONT 3/26/2011 (youth only 11am – 3pm)
SUNBURY DELAWARE 5/7/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)
SYCAMORE STATE PARK LAKE MONTGOMERY 3/24/2011
TIMBER RIDGE LAKE LAWRENCE 3/31/2011
TURKEY CREEK LAKE SCIOTO 4/30/2011
VAN WERT RESERVOIR #1 VAN WERT 4/30/2011 (youth only)
VESUVIUS LAKE LAWRENCE 4/14/2011
WEST LAKE RECREATION CENTER CUYAHOGA 4/1/2011
WHITE STAR QUARRY SANDUSKY 4/23/2011
WOLF RUN STATE PARK LAKE NOBLE 3/17/2011
YOCTANGEE PARK LAKE ROSS 3/26/2011 (youth only)
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