Catchable Trout Releases
Scheduled to Begin in March
COLUMBUS – More than 100,000 rainbow trout are expected to be released this spring in 64 Ohio public lakes and ponds, creating excellent fishing opportunities for anglers all across Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The first rainbow trout release is scheduled for Friday, March 3, at Adams Lake in Adams County.
Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from March 3-May 21 as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. Information about the trout releases, including updates to the schedule due to weather and stocking locations, is available at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).
By stocking these water areas throughout the state, opportunities are created for anglers of all ages to get out and enjoy quality spring trout fishing in a family-friendly environment. Many stocked locations will feature special angler events, including youth-only fishing on the day of the trout release.
Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure 10-13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.
Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. The 2017-2018 fishing license is now available and is valid through Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license costs $11 for residents and nonresidents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.
Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.gov.
Sales of fishing licenses along with the federal Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.
The SFR program is a partnership between federal and state government, industry, anglers and boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education to youth and secure and develop boat accesses.
For a list of trout stocking dates and locations, go to wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishing/trout-stocking-dates.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Take a child fishing, speakers urge at 36th Annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference
Huron, Ohio – Speakers at the 36th Annual Ohio Charter Captains Conference on March 4, 2017 urged the 178 charter captains and others in attendance to introduce the next generation to Lake Erie fishing.
The conference, which was held at the Cedar Point Conference Center at the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus in Huron, Ohio, is co-sponsored by Ohio Sea Grant, Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association.
“Judging from what we heard from the captains, this was one of the best Charter Captains Conferences we’ve ever had. The speakers were all fantastic and there’s no doubt the information they shared will help the captains with their businesses this summer,” said Ohio Sea Grant Fisheries Outreach Coordinator and Program Leader Tory Gabriel, who organizes the conference.
Travis Hartman, Lake Erie program administrator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife, opened the event by presenting a positive outlook for walleye fishing in the next few years due to a series of good hatches. He noted there should be a good mix of year classes, including a number of trophy fish.
Other highlights included Bryan Edwards from Lake Erie Shores & Islands, who urged charter captains to increase their web and social media presence in order to reach younger anglers, and Ray Petering, chief of ODNR Division of Wildlife, who told captains that getting children interested in the outdoors – specifically in hunting and fishing – is vital for the future of conservation. Mark Romanack, founder of Precision Trolling Data and host of Fishing 411 TV, presented techniques for catching Lake Erie walleye.
“If there’s one big takeaway I have from Saturday, it’s that the fishing in Lake Erie will be world class this year, and we should all enjoy it,” Gabriel said. “That world class fishery will also be a great opportunity to get kids excited about the outdoors, so everyone who reads this should make it a goal to take a kid fishing this year.”
Approximately 96 percent of attendees said they learned about Lake Erie and natural resource issues, recreation or tourism opportunities at the conference, and 95 percent said they find Ohio Sea Grant resources trustworthy and will use them to answer questions regarding Lake Erie and Lake Erie issues.
Among returning attendees, 93 percent said they used information they learned at the conference to improve their operation, and 55 percent said their profitability increased.
For information about the 2018 conference, contact Tory Gabriel, Ohio Sea Grant Fisheries Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information on Ohio Sea Grant, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
‘Spring Aboard’ for the 2017 Boating Season
Boaters urged to take a boater education
course before hitting the water
Spring Aboard has sprung! During the week of March 19-25, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are encouraging boaters to ‘Spring Aboard’ by enrolling in a boating education course. This national boating safety campaign was created to help educate boaters and reduce the number of serious boating accidents.
“The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft wants to ensure every effort is made to promote boater safety and encourage education on the water,” said Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft. “The Spring Aboard campaign is a great tool we use to help limit the number of serious accidents that occur on Ohio’s waterways.”
According to the 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report by the U.S. Coast Guard, statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 71 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.
In Ohio, a boater education course is required for anyone wanting to operate a boat over 10 horsepower who was born after Jan. 1, 1982. Ohio’s boater requirement can be met by taking and passing an approved boating education course (classroom, online or home study), or by taking and passing a proficiency exam. For a summary of Ohio’s regulations and available courses, go to: watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/boatereducation.
“If a boater has taken a boating safety education course, the likelihood of their time spent on the water being a safe and enjoyable experience is much greater for them as well as their passengers,” said Stephanie Weatherington, president of NASBLA. “Boaters have multiple options from classroom courses to online offerings available anytime day or night. March is the perfect time to take a course before the summer boating season begins.”
Working in partnership with the states, many course providers will be offering incentives or course discounts for students who enroll in, or complete, a course during the Spring Aboard campaign. Many course providers, including Ace Boater, BoatEd and BoaterExam, will be offering course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign. Course providers and offerings will vary between states so individuals should check with their local course provider or state boating agency to find out what courses are accepted in their area. Many states require completion of a course verified by NASBLA as meeting the national boating education standard for powerboat rental or operation. To ensure a course qualifies, look for the ‘NASBLA-Approved’ logo.
The Spring Aboard campaign is open to participation by all states, territories, boating education organizations, instructors and course providers. For more information about the Spring Aboard campaign, visit nasbla.org/spring.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 74 state parks and providing the finest outdoor recreational opportunities, including first-class boat services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.
ODNR ensures a wise balance between the use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Evinrude Renews Partnership with
Cabela’s National Walleye Tour
Agreement includes contingency at all events
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2017) – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 season. The renewal was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick off April 12 on Lake Erie.
As part of the agreement, Evinrude will continue to reward anglers who power their boats with an Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine. A winning Evinrude angler at any one of the three regular-season events will receive an engine upgrade from the standard 150 hp option to a 250 hp model. In addition, second through 15th place will receive a $1,000 cash bonus and 16th through 31st will receive a $500 payout. Co-anglers who finish on top of the leaderboard will receive an extra $1,500, while second through 10th receive $500 and 11th through 20th receive $250.
“Evinrude has been a vital part of the National Walleye Tour since the beginning and helps put anglers in a position to win serious money,” said Anthony Wright, NWT tournament director. “Our industry partners are instrumental to providing a well-run competition. With their support, our tournament anglers are sure to have another great season in 2017.”
BRP is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft.
BRP’s Evinrude engine line-up from 3.5 to 300 horsepower offers customers superior value across a full range of applications. The all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard delivers unrivaled performance with best-in-class torque and fuel efficiency and lowest total emissions.
“The NWT offers the ideal arena to demonstrate the industry-leading power, performance and value of our Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards,” said Olivier Pierini, Evinrude director of global marketing and strategic planning. “Anglers that use our engines have given us such positive feedback about the impact the torque and reliability of the E-TEC G2 engines have had on their tournament strategy. We look forward to the results from this year’s events and helping even more anglers have a successful 2017 season.”
As always, all NWT events will deliver 100 percent payback. A fully rigged Ranger 1880, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event – a minimum total value of $56,000. First-place also offers potential boat and motor upgrades. Anglers that fish all three regular-season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship.
The championship event will feature some of the country’s best walleye anglers in a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback, including two-fully rigged Ranger boats for first and second place in the pro-angler category and, new for 2017, a new Ranger 1682 with 115 horsepower Evinrude, valued at $26,500 for the first-place co-angler.
The Cabela’s National Walleye Tour also includes unmatched television and media coverage, allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the NWT will be seen on the Pursuit Channel, NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports Net North, Comcast Chicago and the World Fishing Network.
For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or check out the website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com. From here, site visitors can learn more about the NWT, view the TV schedule and learn more about what’s in store for 2017 season.
National Walleye Tour events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Evinrude, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, MotorGiude, Protect the Harvest, Mustang Survival, Raymarine, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group.
2017 NWT scheduled events:
April 12-13 – Lake Erie (Sandusky, Ohio)
May 11-12 – Lake Sakakawea (Garrison, N.D.)
June 15-16 – Mississippi River (Prairie du Chien, Wis.)
Championship – August 16-18 – Green Bay (Marinette, Wis.)
About Cabela’s National Walleye Tour
Cabela’s National Walleye Tour events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Motor Guide, Jimmy John’s, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., General Tire, SuperClean, Raymarine, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group.
2017 Trout Fishing Opportunities Await
Anglers at State’s Castalia Fish Hatchery
Great trout-fishing opportunities on Cold Creek, one of Ohio’s most unique streams, await fishing enthusiasts who enter and are drawn in a special lottery conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
A half-mile section of the creek, located at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County, will be open to a limited number of anglers on selected dates from May 1–Nov. 30.
Anglers interested in fishing the stream must submit an application form and a nonrefundable $3 application fee by Friday, March 31, in order to be eligible for the random drawing. Applications may be completed online at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) to obtain a paper form, which must be returned via mail. Only one application is allowed per person. More information about the lottery can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.
There will be one season for adults (May 1–Nov. 30), and one for youths (June 12–Aug. 11). Applicants of the youth lottery must be at least 4-years-old and under 16 when they apply. Approximately 90 adult and 90 youth permits will be issued. Individuals selected to participate will be allowed to bring two adults and three youths under the age of 16 (no more than six people total). Participation is determined by a random drawing, which will be held in early April.
The results of the adult drawing will be posted on the division’s website at wildohio.gov. Successful youth applicants will be notified by mail. This year, all permits will be mailed. Applicants not chosen will not be notified.
Special fishing rules will be in effect to ensure that a quality fishing experience is maintained throughout the season. One of these special rules prohibits catch-and-release fishing, with wildlife officials requiring that anglers keep all fish they catch. The daily bag limit will be five trout per angler.
Anglers will be required to check in at the hatchery upon arrival and check out at the end of their session. Fishing sessions will be open from 7 a.m. to noon for adult events. For the youth events, there will be two sessions per day (7 a.m.–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.). All anglers age 16 and older will need a valid 2017 Ohio fishing license.
An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19, and a one-day fishing license costs $11. Those who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.