Anglers may apply for the controlled trout fishing random drawing from March 1-31. This is a change from previous years, when the application period was from the beginning of December to the end of January. The date change was made so anglers can apply for the drawing and fish at Castalia State Fish Hatchery in the same license year. Applicants must still purchase an Ohio fishing license to apply for the drawing.
Anglers interested in fishing in the creek must apply online at wildohio.com in March and pay a non-refundable $3 application fee in order to be eligible for the random drawing. Random drawings for permit selection will be held in April, and fishing begins in May.
An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19; a one-day fishing license costs $11. Individuals who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.
Andy Burt, ODNR Division of Wildlife