The application dates have changed for controlled trout-fishing permits at Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Anglers may apply for the controlled trout fishing random drawing from March 1-31. This is a change from previous years, when the application period was from the beginning of December to the end of January. The date change was made so anglers can apply for the drawing and fish at Castalia State Fish Hatchery in the same license year. Applicants must still purchase an Ohio fishing license to apply for the drawing.

Anglers interested in fishing in the creek must apply online at in March and pay a non-refundable $3 application fee in order to be eligible for the random drawing. Random drawings for permit selection will be held in April, and fishing begins in May.

An Ohio resident annual fishing license costs $19; a one-day fishing license costs $11. Individuals who purchase a one-day fishing license may later return it to a license agent to receive credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license.

Logo courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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