APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR YOUTH-ONLY BEGINNING FLY-FISHING CLINIC AT THE CASTALIA STATE FISH HATCHERY
Participants selected by lottery; deadline for applications is May 12
Findlay, OH - Young anglers interested in learning the art of fly fishing and practicing their skills are encouraged to enter the lottery for a beginners-only fishing clinic set for Friday, June 13 on a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County.
Thirty slots are available for the program, which is co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited. Fifteen are available for the morning session that begins at 8 a.m., and another 15 for the afternoon session that begins at 1 p.m. Deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Monday, May 12. All equipment will be provided.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by Division of Wildlife staff and members of Trout Unlimited, attendees will be able to test their newly acquired skills by fishing for the abundant rainbow trout found in Cold Creek. Anglers may also encounter an occasional brown trout.
To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address, phone numberand date of birth. Only one postcard per applicant is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840-Attention: Youth Fly Fishing.
Successful applicants will receive an assigned session. Permits are non-transferable. All anglers must be age 16 or younger by the date of the session and be accompanied by a non-fishing adult. Funds generated from the sale of fishing licenses go towards conserving and restoring habitat, enforcement of fishing regulations, hatchery operations, fish stocking in public fishing areas, and enhancement of research and educational outreach.
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off State Route 269, near the Village of Castalia.