COLUMBUS, OH – Searching for that perfect Father’s Day Gift? Why not take your dad fishing wearing his new lucky fishing hat ordered on-line at wildohioshop.com, offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Whatever outdoor pursuits your Dad enjoys, there is a hat or t-shirt made for him. An added bonus— save 20 percent on purchases made through June 20 when you visit wildohioshop.com and enter the code “WildDad” at checkout.
It’s not necessary to buy fancy, expensive fishing equipment to take your father fishing. This time of year, with fish hanging out in the shallows and preparing to spawn, a simple setup will do. An inexpensive rod and reel combo with tackle can be purchased at a local outdoor store for as little as $20.
Live baits work very well, such as night crawlers for catfish, perch, sunfish and bass or minnows for saugeye, walleye, perch and crappie. Maggots and wax worms are good choices for panfish. Artificial baits will work just fine too. Visit wildohio.com and click on fishing for more details about choosing the right bait, places to fish, fish identification, and even how to fillet and cook the fish you take home. Recipes are also available at www.wildohiocookbook.com
Anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. Fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle stores, outdoor outfitters, major department stores, and at wildohio.com. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreational bargains available, costing state residents only $19 a year.
Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free fishing license at any license vendor. Residents age 66 and older born on or after January 1, 1938 are eligible to obtain a reduced-cost senior fishing license for $10. A one-day fishing license is also available for $11, an amount that can be applied toward the cost of an annual license.
Fishing in Ohio has been great this year and there’s something to catch in every corner of the state. The Division of Wildlife suggests these places, listed by fish species, for a great day of fishing.
Walleye– Lake Erie is still the “Walleye Capital of the World” with the lake providing some of the best walleye fishing in the country. Father’s Day weekend should be outstanding for walleyes in Lake Erie. Other locations to consider include C.J. Brown Reservoir and Pymatuning Lake.
Crappie– Crappies are a very popular fish because they are fun to catch and good to eat. Top places around Ohio include Pymatuning, Deer Creek Lake, Alum Creek Lake, Salt Fork, Indian Lake and Paint Creek Lake.
Bluegills– There are good places to fish for bluegills and other sunfish throughout the state. Some of the best are AEPReCreation Land south of Zanesville, Acton Lake, Lake Loramie and Portage Lakes in Akron.
Saugeyes– June is a top saugeye fishing month. Some of Ohio’s best saugeye waters are Indian Lake, Hoover Reservoir, SaltFork Lake and Buckeye Lake.
Largemouth Bass– The AEP ReCreation Land is hard to beat for largemouth. Other good spots are Knox Lake and SanduskyBay.
Perch– Lake Erie has been outstanding for perch in 2010. Perch can be caught fishing from shore and from piers offshore in theCleveland area, Lorain, Huron, Fairport Harbor, Metzger Pier, the Bass Islands and off Vermilion.
For more information on places to fish, go to wildohio.com and click on fishing. The Division of Wildlife can also be contacted at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).