One of the state's more popular inland fishing programs - put-and-take rainbow trout - will be continued this spring with the release of more than 100,000 fish in 47 lakes and ponds, 10 of them in northwest Ohio.
The rainbows, all 10 to 13 inches, come from the new, successful Castalia State Fish Hatchery. The hatchery mainly supplies rainbows for the steelhead trout stocking program in Lake Erie tributaries, but it maintains sufficient production for the inland program as well.
The daily creel limit is five trout per angler. Following is a listing of impoundments to be stocked, release dates, and number of fish to be released:
Daugherty Lake, Hancock County, 1,000 fish, tomorrow; Geirtz Lake, Hancock County, 1,000 fish, May 5; Lima Lake, Allen County, March 19; Norwalk Reservoir No. 1, Huron County, 1,000 fish, March 19; Olander Lake, Lucas County, 2,900 fish, April 28; Pearson Pond, Lucas County, 1,500 fish Friday and another 1,200 fish April 21; Schoonover Lake, Allen County, 1,210 fish, April 6; Swanton West Reservoir, Lucas County, 2,250 fish, April 5; Van Wert Reservoir No. 1, Van Wert County, 2,047 fish, May 4; White Star Quarry, Sandusky County, 1,500 fish, April 13.
For other details on the trout releases, call Ohio Wildlife District 2, Findlay, 419-424-5000.
The sessions are set for Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence, O., just south of Cleveland. Instructors include Denny Brauer, Shaw Grigsby, David Fritts, Don Iovino, and Greg Hawk.
For a fee schedule and registration details, call 1-800-958-CAST.
Eleven buyers bid on 85 lots of fur, said Frank Vavrik, an NWOFT spokesman. Following are the high and average pelt prices:
Muskrat, large, $4 and $3.42; large, damaged, $2.70, $1.50; large, flat and damaged, $1.05, 53 cents; medium, $2.20, $1.54.
Raccoon, XXX-large, $16, $12.87; XX-large, $15, $7.39; extra-large, $11.25, $7.48; large, $8, $5.13; rubbed, damaged, $13.50, $5.25.
Mink, male, $12.50, $7.25; female, $8.50, $5.18. Opossum, extra-large, $3, $1.41; large, $1.75, $1.09; medium, 50 cents.
Fox, gray, $24, $12.62; red, $23.50, $14.08. Coyote, $15, $5.66. Beaver, $18, $10.77. Skunk, $3.25, $2.
Tonight through April 26 - Boating-education course, register 6:30 p.m. tonight only, classes 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Woodville Mall across from Cinemas; presented by Flotilla 10-06 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; call 698-4122.
Tomorrow - Natural ice sculptures, 6 p.m., Farnsworth Metropark, Roche de Boeuf area; also Friday, full-moon walk, 7 p.m., Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Mallard Lake area, groups register by calling 535-3058 extension 101; also, Friday, program on northwest Ohio endangered species, 7:30 p.m., Secor Metropark Discovery Center, Central Avenue entrance, presented by Bob Jacksy, Metroparks naturalist, cosponsored with Naturalists' Camera Club of Toledo; also Saturday, early bird walk, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Metz Visitor Center; also Saturday, volunteers to work on brush control to help endangered wild lupine, 10 a.m. to noon, Oak Openings, Buehner Walking Center, call for reservations 535-3057 extension 101; also, Saturday, program for families on flooding and streams, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wildwood, Metz Center; also Sunday, wildlife just beyond the back door, 2 p.m., Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center, presented by Sara Jean Peters, Ohio Division of Wildlife, followed by nature walk at 3:15 p.m., sponsored by Friends of Pearson.
Thursday - Trapshoot, 6 p.m., Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club, State Rt. 600 east of Gibsonburg.
Saturday - Boating-education course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Perrysburg YMCA, presented by Ohio Division of Watercraft, call 836-6003.
Saturday - Defiance County, Ducks Unlimited, annual fund-raising dinner, call Craig Polter, 419-658-4020.
Saturday and Sunday - Gun show, Gillette Building, Williams County Fairgrounds, Montpelier, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call Duane Votaw, 419-737-2801.
Saturday and Sunday - Toledo Area Gun, Knife, and Military Show, rear of Woodland Mall, State Rt. 25, Bowling Green; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call Dick Walters, 330-539-4247.
Saturday and Sunday - 23rd annual Midwest Fly Fishing Exposition, Southfield Civic Center Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Mich., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; featured presenters are Jason Borger, Rick Kustich, Jery Kustich; call 248-380-8547.
Sunday - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, annual meeting, 1:30 p.m., Macomber Lodge, Pearson Metropark; program highlights include status report on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Tina Hibbs; call Mike or Chris Crofts, 693-3358.
Sunday - SKS, AK, and M-1 Carbine team shoot, noon, Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club, State Rt. 600 east of Gibsonburg, call Bob Caswall, 862-2861.
Sunday - Toledo Muzzle Loaders, hawg shoot, 11 a.m., Clinton Boothby Memorial Range, 875 Schwamberger Road; call Richard Hulsebus, 474-6666.
Sunday - Bowshoots: Maybee Sportsmen's Club, 11490 Hoffman Rd., Maybee, Mich., register 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 30 3-D targets, call Kevin Addy 734-529-3384; also, Lenawee County Conservation League, 1404 Sutton Rd., Adrian, Mich., register 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 30 3-D targets, call Allan Andrews, 517-431-2909.
Steve Pollick is The Blade's outdoor writer. E-mail him at email@example.com.