FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2009
Catfish Released in Southwest Ohio Lakes and Wildlife Area Ponds
XENIA, OH - More than 7,000 channel catfish were released in eight public lakes and wildlife areas across southwest Ohio last week as part of an effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to enhance fishing opportunities for anglers.
The 8-10 inch catfish were raised at the St. Marys State Fish Hatchery and were released during the week of September 21st, 2009. The catfish stockings occur every other year in these smaller lakes and ponds. Catfish reproduction is often poor or nonexistent at these bodies of water. Previous studies at other small lakes have shown that these stockings led to significantly improved catch rates for catfish anglers.
Many of Ohio’s anglers enjoy fishing for channel cats. These small lakes and ponds provide excellent shoreline fishing opportunities and are great family fishing destinations. All of the stocked areas have larger catfish from stockings in previous years. Catfish will continue to bite well through November.
For more information on fishing opportunities and locations visit www.wildohio.com.
Editor’s Note: Below are the catfish release locations and totals:
County Area # of Fish
Adams Adams Lake 932
Adams Tranquility Wildlife Area ponds 265
Brown Indian Creek Wildlife Area ponds 408
Darke Darke Wildlife Area ponds 721
Greene Spring Valley Lake 2,652
Highland Fallsville Wildlife Area ponds 156
Highland Oldaker Wildlife Area ponds 116
Shelby Lake Loramie 2,143