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Public invited to Castalia State Fish Hatchery open house

Anglers have the chance to see fish hatchery operations firsthand when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife hosts an open house Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Castalia State Fish Hatchery. This event is free and open to the public.

“We look forward to showing the public how we are using sportsmen’s dollars to create and sustain fisheries in Ohio,” said Nick Jamison, Fish Hatchery Program Administrator.

A number of activities will be held to entertain kids, including a fish feeding event for kids 17 and younger. Other activities will include: opportunities to view the electrofishing boat, archery activities for youth in attendance, and a wildlife learning area featuring Ohio’s eagles.

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Youth fishing opportunity at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Anglers 15 and under can fish on Saturdays in August at the designated Youth Fishing Pond at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Loaner equipment and bait will be provided, and a Division of Wildlife staff member will be available to assist, all free of charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Only youth age 15 and under are allowed to fish in the pond located around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young anglers may catch as many fish as they want, but they may keep only 6 channel catfish per day.

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Fishing Remains Very Good in the Western Basin

At this time last year, the fishing had slowed down close to shore, and long runs were expected to get to the larger schools of walleye roaming the lake. Trips to Canadian waters, the weather buoy, or the sandbar were expected. That isn’t the case this year, thanks to the cooler water temperatures and diminished amounts of shad in the system. While those areas are still good at this time of year, there’s no need to use up all that gas to get there. It’s been very good walleye fishing between Kelleys Island and Vermilion, and shorter runs of only a few miles out of Cedar Point, Huron, and Vermilion have been producing limits of walleye for many lucky anglers who have been chasing the roaming elusive walleye.

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