COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will stock five state-owned ponds which have designated family-friendly fishing areas for youth on Monday, Aug. 12.
Young anglers are encouraged to bring their family and enjoy these fishing areas throughout the remainder of the summer and fall.
“This is a great opportunity for families to take advantage of the weather and enjoy the outdoors,” ODNR Director James Zehringer said. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this chance to create some fishing memories.”
The designated youth-only fishing areas are located 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.
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.
These family-friendly youth-only fishing areas are partially funded by the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.
Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.