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Spring Trout Release Provides Fishing Opportunities Around Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH - Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,000 rainbow trout, measuring 10 to 13-inches long, are released into 45 Ohio lakes and ponds from mid-March through mid-May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler.

Some of the trout locations will feature special, youth-only angler events the day of the scheduled release.

Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state's public waters. The 2007-2008 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, 2008. 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 toward purchase of an annual fishing license.

Resident anglers 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 an ODNR Division of Wildlife district office in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia, or by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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TROUT STOCKING DATES

Lake County Date/Notes<br />
Rush Run Lake Preble 3/2/2007<br />
Timber Ridge Lake Lawrence 3/8/2007<br />
Adams Lake Adams 3/9/2007<br />
New Lexington Reservoir Perry 3/15/2007<br />
Clarke Lake Clark 3/16/2007<br />
Wolf Run State Park Lake Noble 3/16/2007<br />
Rose Lake Hocking 3/16/2007<br />
Forked Run State Park Lake Meigs 3/22/2007<br />
Stonelick Lake Clermont 3/23/2007 (**youth event)<br />
Belmont Lake Belmont 3/23/2007<br />
Monroe Wildlife Area Monroe 3/23/2007<br />
Sycamore State Park Lake Montgomery 3/30/2007<br />
Barnesville Reservoir #3 Belmont 3/30/2007<br />
Yoctangee Park Lake Ross 3/31/2007<br />
Schoonover Lake Allen 4/4/2007<br />
Mt. Gilead State Park Lake Morrow 4/4/2007<br />
Shelby Reservoir #3 Richland 4/5/2007<br />
Delta Reservoir #2 Fulton 4/5/2007<br />
McKarns Lake Williams 4/5/2007<br />
Blue Limestone Park Pond Delaware 4/5/2007<br />
Cenci Park Pond Fairfield 4/5/2007<br />
Rocky Fork Lake Highland April 6 (*youth only, 1-4pm)<br />
Westlake Recreation Center Cuyahoga 4/6/2007<br />
Hinckley Lake Medina 4/6/2007<br />
White Star Quarry Sandusky 4/6/2007<br />
Pearson Metropark Pond Lucas 4/7/2007 (*youth only first day)<br />
Antrim Park Lake Franklin 4/13/2007 (*youth only, 12-1pm)<br />
Shadow Lake Cuyahoga 4/13/2007<br />
Punderson State Park Lake Geauga 4/14/2007 (**youth event, 9-noon)<br />
Dow Lake Athens 4/14/2007 (**youth event)<br />
Vesuvius Lake Lawrence 4/19/2007 (mobility impaired accessible, 10:30-2pm)<br />
Jefferson Lake Jefferson 4/19/2007<br />
Silver Creek Lake Summit 4/20/2007<br />
Forest Hill Pond Cuyahoga 4/20/2007<br />
Quarry Park Pond Marion 4/20/2007<br />
Jackson City Reservoir Jackson 4/21/2007 (**youth event)<br />
Van Wert Reservoir #1 Van Wert 4/21/2007 (**youth event)<br />
Glacier Lake Mahoning 4/27/2007<br />
Turkey Creek Lake Scioto 4/28/2007 (**youth event)<br />
Canal Fulton Starks 4/28/2007 (*youth only, 8-11am)<br />
Olander Lake Lucas 4/28/2007 (*youth only, 9-1pm)<br />
Geirtz Lake Hancock 5/5/2007 (*youth only, 8-11am)<br />
Little Turtle Pond Summit 5/11/2007 (*youth only, 9-2pm)<br />
East Harbor State Park Pond Ottawa 5/12/2007 (*youth only, 10-2pm)<br />
Eyman Park Ponds Fayette 5/12/2007 (*youth only until 2pm)

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"youth only" means only children under 16 years of age and accompanying adults can fish.<br />
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"youth event" highlights a special youth activity, but other anglers are invited to fish.

Media Contact:<br />
Elmer Heyob, ODNR Division of Wildlife<br />
(614) 265-6347

Vicki Ervin, ODNR Media Relations<br />
(614) 265-6325