The Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) ensures outstanding fishing around the Buckeye State by raising game fish from steelhead and rainbow trout to northern pike, muskies and catfish. To allow people the chance to see the state fish hatcheries in action, free open houses will be held this spring, including the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Castalia on Saturday, April 9.
The Castalia hatchery is known for raising more than 400,000 steelhead trout each year. The yearling trout are released in Lake Erie tributaries around Northeast Ohio each spring, contributing to a world class fishery for fly fishermen and bait anglers.
The state fish hatcheries hosting open houses this spring are: March 26 – Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery, 01735 Feeder Rd., St. Marys, Ohio; April 2: Hebron State Fish Hatchery, 10517 Canal Rd., Hebron, Ohio; April 9 – Castalia State Fish Hatchery, 7018 Homegardner Rd., Castalia, Ohio; May 7 – London State Fish Hatchery, 2470 Roberts Mill Rd., London, Ohio.
During each open house, DOW staff will offer tours and answer questions about fish production and fisheries management. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about these hatcheries and may watch fish eggs and fry in production buildings as they hatch, and view older fish in ponds or raceways.
In addition, family-friendly activities and displays will be available.
The DOW manages six state fish hatcheries which raise and stock more than 40 million fish each year. Sport fish species raised for stocking in public waters include cold-water fish (rainbow, steelhead, and brown trout), cool-water fish (saugeye, walleye, yellow perch, and muskellunge), and warm-water fish (hybrid-striped bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and bluegill).
Learn more about Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and fish stocking locations at wildohio.gov.