FINDLAY – 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 in Erie County are encouraged to enter a lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
There are 125 slots available for the popular program. Sessions will be held on Fridays from Sept. 2 through Oct. 7, with the exception of Sept. 23. Submissions for the lottery must be postmarked by Aug. 13.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by ODNR Division of Wildlife staff and volunteers, attendees will be able to test their newly acquired skills by fishing for rainbow trout found in Cold Creek. Anglers may also encounter an occasional brown trout.
Instruction will be from 8 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.
To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their: name, address, Customer ID number and phone number. The applicant may bring one guest. 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: Beginner Fly Fishing Clinics.
Successful applicants will receive an assigned session date and time. Permits are nontransferable. All anglers age 16 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 in public fishing areas, and enhancement of research and educational outreach.
For more information on Ohio’s fishery resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off State Route 269, near Castalia.