On Friday, April 22, around 11 a.m., the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife will stock rainbow trout at Beartown Lakes Reservation’s Lower Bear Lake – part of its initiative this spring to put 80,000 coldwater fish into 71 public lakes and ponds.
“This is a new collaboration between Geauga Park District and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, sharing the common goal of getting families and folks out in Nature,” Park District Executive Director John Oros said. “As an outdoorsman myself, I am excited to highlight this partnership, and I’m especially honored they chose to visit Geauga County on Earth Day. Beartown Lakes Reservation is a popular fishery. The addition of more trout at this park will improve the angling experience for our residents.”
Trout will be 10 to 13 inches coming from Castalia State Fish Hatchery. On hand for the delivery will be Scott Hale, executive administrator of Fish Management and Research for the ODOW, and John Oros, executive director of Geauga Park District. Other invited dignitaries include State Representative Diane Grendell and State Senator C. Jerry Cirino.
Of course members of the public are also invited to attend and watch the fish go in! Exact timing of the delivery is uncertain, but should be announced on Geauga Park District’s social media within a half hour of the event.
In Ohio, the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler, with no minimum size limit. Anglers 16 and older are required to have an Ohio fishing license; an annual license costs $25, while a one-day fishing license costs $14 and may be redeemed for credit toward an annual license. License sales support the operation of state fish hatcheries, which allow these fish stockings to be possible.
Separately, Geauga Park District will also stock the following waterways this spring:
- Claridon Woodlands (100 8-12” Largemouth Bass & 50 6-8” Bluegill)
- Orchard Hills Park (100 8-12” Largemouth Bass & 50 6-8” Bluegill)
- Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve (200 12” Yellow Perch)
- Beartown Lakes Reservation’s Lower Bear Lake (100 15-17” Largemouth Bass)
Learn more about Beartown Lakes Reservation at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org/park/beartown-lakes-reservation, and visit www.wildohio.gov for fishing license purchases or a complete list of statewide stocking dates.