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. 4 through Oct. 9, with the exception of Sept. 25. Deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 20.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by Division of Wildlife staff and volunteers, 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 from 8 a.m. until Noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.
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: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840 Attention: Linda Ringer.
Successful applicants will receive an assigned session date and time. Permits are non-transferable. 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 on the web.
The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off State Route 269, near Castalia.