Anglers looking for the Ohio spring trout stocking are going to have to wait a bit longer this year.
Frequent intrusions of arctic air across the eastern US the past few weeks have kept lakes iced over much later than usual. The first rainbow trout stocking of the year was scheduled for Adams Lake in Adams County on March 6 but is now postponed to March 18 to give the lake time to thaw out. The stocking for Forked Run Lake is also postponed, this one until March 26.
If you are like many who have been waiting for the Ohio spring trout stocking, you can see the updated schedule.
Throughout the Ohio spring trout stocking season close to 100,000 trout will be released into 63 public lakes and ponds across Ohio. Several locations will see special events centered around the stocking, including youth-only fishing days. For more information on locations and times, contact your local wildlife district office, check online, or call 800 WILDLIFE (945-3543).
Trout are stocked across Ohio in the spring to give anglers an opportunity to catch a fish that they may otherwise never get to catch. Rainbow trout are a cold water fish that do not naturally reproduce in Ohio and stocking by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources gives anglers the chance to enjoy trout fishing.
Make sure that you buy your Ohio fishing license before heading out to fish. Licenses may be purchased online at wildohio.gov or at participating retailers. Anglers 16 years or older are required to have a fishing license and the license is good through the end of February 2016.
The Ohio spring trout stocking program is funded through the sale of fishing licenses and from the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program.
The SFR program is a partnership between state and federal entities that collects an excise tax on fishing- and boating-related gear. That money is then administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and disbursed to state programs to assist with the funding for research, hatcheries, providing access, and education.