Approximately 500 young anglers age 15 and younger participated in the youth-only fishing pond opportunity held on June 30 at the five state-owned ponds across Ohio. Youth interested in fishing in stocked ponds are again invited to join in this fun experience on Saturday, Aug. 25.
“I attended the last youth-only fishing event on June 30 at Delaware State Park, and I enjoyed visiting with the kids and their parents,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer. “As the summer winds down, we want to encourage the future anglers of Ohio to get out and enjoy this fun outdoor activity.”
The designated youth-only fishing areas are at Sycamore State Park, west of Dayton; Delaware State Park, north of Delaware; Maumee Bay State Park, east of Toledo; Caesar Creek State Park, southwest of Xenia; and the Wildlife District Three youth fishing ponds in Akron.
This unique youth event will be held on Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for anglers 15-years-old and younger. Bait and assistance from volunteers will be provided at no charge on Aug. 25. Youth are encouraged to bring their fishing poles; however, poles will be available during these events. All young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the youth event, but adults are not required to have a fishing license. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but they may assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available, and young anglers are encouraged to wear hats and sunglasses to protect themselves while casting their lines.
State park ponds will be stocked with catchable channel catfish and hybrid bluegill just prior to the youth-only fishing event and will be open daily. The Wildlife District Three youth fishing ponds will be routinely stocked and open each weekend through Labor Day. Youth may keep one fish per day from the ponds.
These family-friendly youth-only fishing events and areas are partially funded by the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.