FINDLAY, OH - Anglers interested in learning the art of fly-fishing and practicing their skills on a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery are encouraged to enter the lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics. Seventy-five slots are available for the popular program, and the deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 1.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) 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. Instruction will be provided on Fridays from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.
To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address and phone number. The applicant may bring one guest, but the guest's name must be listed on the postcard at the time of submission. Only one postcard per applicant and guest is allowed, and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to: Attention Linda Ringer, ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Successful applicants will receive a permit with an assigned session date. Permits are non-transferable. All anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license. Funds generated from the sale of fishing licenses go toward conserving and restoring habitat, enforcement of fishing regulations, hatchery operations, fish stocking of public fishing areas, research and educational outreach.
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off State Route 269, near Castalia.
For more information on Ohio's fishery resources, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com.
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