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A little girl’s dream comes true

I realize this is not a Lake Erie fishing report, but I’m hoping you will allow me this one indulgence to share my personal experience with you.  When I was a little girl of 4 years, I caught my first fish, and I was hooked for life. (Yes, pun intended!)

Back in 1967, sport shows were a date set on the calendar that everyone looked forward to. My parents would take my siblings and I to the shows every year, and then we would go to see the “Travel Log” at a near by theater to end the day.  The ‘Travel Log’ was a series of nature films that were offered before they became available on our little black and white TVs that only offered a few channels, and where my love of the outdoors was nurtured.

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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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