Anglers and others interested in fish hatchery operations can see it firsthand at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery open house Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. This fun family learning day is hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The open house gives visitors the chance to see fish management tools used to support Ohio’s fish populations.
Several family-friendly learning activities are planned for the open house. Visitors can take a tour of the fish hatchery, see the process of how walleye and saugeye eggs hatch, and learn how an electroshock sampling boat works. Bring the children to participate in youth fishing, try fly fishing or shoot a bow on the new archery range.
Hebron State Fish Hatchery is located in Licking County, north of Buckeye Lake. Its address is 10517 Canal Road, Hebron, OH 43025. This 230-acre facility was acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982. It has 63 ponds, 13 indoor rearing troughs, 25 acres of wetlands and 50 wooded acres with 2.5 miles of nature trails. Find more information about Ohio’s state fish hatcheries at wildohio.com.
Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.
The SFR is a partnership between federal and state government, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education and acquire and develop boat accesses.
Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources