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Fly-fishing clinics planned in Castalia

• Jun 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM

CASTALIA — Anglers interested in learning the art of fly fishing are encouraged to enter a lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery.

Submissions for the lottery must be postmarked by July 30.

The Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located in Erie County off Ohio 269, near Castalia.

In addition to fly-fishing instruction by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ 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 and brook trout.

There are 100 slots available for the popular program. Sessions will be held on Fridays from August 31 through October 5, with the exception of Sept. 7.

The sessions will be from 8 a.m. until noon, or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.

To apply applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address, customer ID number, and phone number. The successful applicant may bring one guest to participate in the clinic. 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 not transferable. Anglers may only participate once in the beginning fly fishing classes as either a permit holder or guest. All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license.

Also, mobility-impaired anglers interested in learning the art of fly-fishing are encouraged to enter for a chance to participate in a free beginning fly-fishing clinic in Castalia.

Submissions for the lottery must be postmarked by July 30.

In addition to fly-fishing instruction by Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) 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 and brook trout.

There are 10 permits available for each session, morning and afternoon. Sessions will be held Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon for the morning or 1 to 5 p.m. for the afternoon.

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address, customer ID number and phone number. 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 Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840, Attention: Mobility-impaired fly fishing clinics.

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, enhancement of research, and educational outreach.

For more information on Ohio’s fishery resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.

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