October 4, 2008

State to Begin Stocking Trout in Area Lakes


The Ohio Division of Wildlife will release about 25,000 rainbow trout into 25 Ohio waterways during the next four weeks. Included will be five area lakes.

Trout are fun to catch, and at 10-to-13 inches are a good eating size.

To catch rainbows, use light tackle and line.

You can fish by casting a Rooster Tail, Mepps or other small spinner or fish under a bobber with a waxworm, Powergrub or whole kernel corn. There is a daily bag limit of five per angler. Fishing licenses are required for everyone age 16 and older. For more information, visit wildohio.com or call (800) WILDLIFE. Stocking dates for area lakes are as follows: Oct. 8: Tawawa Lake, Sidney (650 fish). Oct. 15: Rush Run Lake, Preble County (1,200). Oct. 16: Grand Lake St. Marys, east channel (500). Oct. 22: Stonelick State Park lake, Clermont County (2,000). Oct. 31: Sycamore State Park ponds, Trotwood (650).

Derby for adults

Greene County Parks is planning an adult fishing derby for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Spring Lakes Park in Bellbrook.

The derby is open to men and women 18 and older.

Prizes will be awarded for largest catfish and bass caught, number of bluegills over 4 inches and the most creative (and legal) bait used that actually catches fish.

Spring Lakes Park fishing permits are not required for this free derby.

Fishing licenses are also not required. Advance registration is requested.

Spring Lakes Park is located at 2191 Ferry Road in Bellbrook, just behind Ernst Concrete.

For more information, call (937) 562-7440 or visit co.greene.oh.us/parks.

Kids clinic slated

Greene County Fish & Game will have a youth trapshooting clinic on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. It is open to boys and girls in grades 5-12 who would like to try trapshooting.

Equipment can be provided or students may bring their own.

Lunch will be included.

For more information, call Dave Schock at (937) 427-5814.

Hiking hot spots

Those who like to get outdoors and do a little day hiking might want to take advantage of the autumn colors at one of the most picturesque places in Ohio: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve in Greene County.

Hike from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12.

Officers will be on hand to answer questions and share historical tales. Enjoy views of the Little Miami and the changing leaves around the gorge.

Call (937) 767-7947 for information.

You also can join the Fall Hike at Sycamore State Park in Trotwood, starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Overlook Picnic Area off Providence Road.

For information, call (513) 523-6347.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2409 or [email protected]

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