CASTALIA, OH – It’s that time of year again when the ODNR releases Rainbow Trout (10 to 14″) throughout Ohio. This is a ‘put & take’ type fishery that can be a lot of fun. I’ve actually managed some larger fish, possibly a few brood stock released or the inadvertent carry over that isn’t expected to happen. Dates/locations can be found here.
Catching these fish usually isn’t too complicated but depending on conditions and how soon you arrive after the stocking, it can be very easy or a bit challenging. If I have reason to suspect it will be an easy day, I always try to include an invitation to someone who doesn’t fish or some kids as it is an excellent way to introduce others to fishing. I am a little puzzled at times when I see adults grabbing a prime location and having their lines in the water practically on top of the release site. This doesn’t seem too sporting. The fish can be taken a variety of ways with some of the most popular being Powerbait and corn. Others will throw inline spinners or flies and plenty of fish get taken on worms and minnows. I usually have a few options with me, in case one isn’t working.
Along with the trout stockings, there is a Castalia Trout Fishing Lottery. The annual application period is March 1st – March 31st each year. It has become an annual rejection for me as I have never won and have applied every year of the lottery’s existence. I want to note this includes the rejection of a few family members and friends who would be willing to take me as a guest, if they won. A person might wonder why I would publicize the lottery increasing my odds of failure, but the funds raised do benefit the ODNR so I will sacrifice the odds to see them raise more money. The lottery information can be found here. Good luck!
*UPDATE* While hardly unexpected or newsworthy, my rejection for 2016 was confirmed. A common saying from the Cleveland area comes to mind, “There’s always next year”.