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.
|ANTRIM PARK LAKE||FRANKLIN||4/22/2011|
|ASHLEY UPGROUND||DELAWARE||5/7/2011 (youth only 10am – 1pm)|
|BARNESVILLE RES. #3||BELMONT||3/24/2011|
|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)|
|DELTA RESERVOIR #2||FULTON||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|
|JACKSON CITY RESERVOIR||JACKSON||4/23/2011|
|LITTLE TURTLE POND||SUMMIT||4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)|
|MILL CREEK LAKE||MAHONING||4/21/2011|
|MT. GILEAD STATE PARK LAKE||MORROW||4/8/2011|
|NEW LEXINGTON RESERVOIR||PERRY||3/11/2011|
|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)|
|RUSH RUN LAKE||PREBLE||3/25/2011|
|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)|
|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)|
Somerset, PA – Anglers visiting Brady’s Run Lake in Beaver County can harvest an unlimited number of fish beginning May 15, the date the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will lift all seasons, sizes and creel limits in preparation of a summer drawdown of the lake.
“Removing all harvest restrictions provides additional recreational opportunities for anglers and can help reduce the number of fish that could potentially be stranded when the water level drops,” said Denny Tubbs, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the PFBC Southwest Region. “Once the draining of the lake begins, all public access to the lake will be prohibited.”
The lake will be closed beginning on June 14 and will be drawn down to remove sediment that has accumulated behind the dam over the past 24 years. The drawdown is expected to occur during the last weeks in June. The lake is a 28-acre reservoir owned by Beaver County and is the central attraction in Brady’s Run County Park, located southwest of Beaver Falls in Chippewa Township. The lake was similarly rehabilitated in 1985 – 1986.
The PFBC will attempt to salvage as many game fish as possible from the lake and relocate them to other waters in the area. The dates of the fish salvage will be announced once set. When the lake returns to full pool, it will be restocked with warm-water fish, returned to the list of Approved Trout Waters, and stocked with adult trout.
These temporary modifications will be in effect until further notice but in no event will it remain in place after January 1, 2011. All other rules and regulations remain in effect.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.