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Annual trout stocking to start at area lakes

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The annual spring stocking of rainbow trout will soon begin at lakes and ponds across Ohio. In all, more than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released at 63 public areas.

Stocking was supposed to start last Friday, but hazardous icy conditions at Adams Lake forced that stocking to be postponed until March 20. That means the first lake to be stocked in southwest Ohio will be Rush Run.

Following is the stocking schedule with the number of fish proposed at each area lake:
-- March 14: Rush Run Lake (Preble County) 2,900 fish;
-- March 20: Adams Lake (Adams County) 2,000 fish.
-- March 27: Clark Lake (Clark County) 2,500 fish;
-- March 28: Sycamore State Park pond (Montgomery County) 800 fish;
-- April 5: Stonelick Lake (Clermont County) 2,900 fish;
-- April 5: Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) 1,625 fish;
-- April 16: Tawawa Lake (Shelby County) 650 fish;
-- April 17: Davis Lake (Auglaize County) 500 fish.

“By stocking these ponds, we hope to create an opportunity for anglers to be successful, especially young anglers that might be fishing for the very first time,” said ODNR Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody. “Trout fishing provides the ideal introduction to the outdoors for our children and can help foster a lifetime love of fishing.”

Anglers are invited to fish for the rainbows as soon as they are deposited in a lake, except at Stonelick and Rocky Fork Lakes. At those spots, kids have the first crack at the fish for a few hours during fishing derbies.

The trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and measure 10-13 inches before they are released.

Light tackle is required. For bait, some anglers use small spinners like Mepps or Roostertails. Live bait would include prepared trout baits, waxworms and corn.

The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout. For more information, visit wildohio.com.

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