Castalia State Fish Hatchery Open House
Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Anglers have the chance to see fish hatchery operations firsthand when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife hosts an open house Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Castalia State Fish Hatchery. This event is free and open to the public.
A number of activities will be held to entertain kids, including a fish feeding event for kids 17 and younger. Other activities will include: opportunities to view the electrofishing boat, archery activities for youth in attendance, and a wildlife learning area featuring Ohio's eagles.
The hatchery production facilities consist of 28 indoor rearing troughs and three outdoor raceways supplied with water from one of the area's many blue-hole aquifers (2,500 gallons per minute capacity). This cold water supply allows the hatchery to raise rainbow trout and all of Ohio's steelhead trout. Rainbow trout are raised to catchable size before being stocked in Ohio lakes in both the spring and fall.
Castalia receives 500,000 steelhead eggs from Michigan to produce 400,000 yearling steelhead annually. In addition the hatchery recieves120,000 rainbow trout eggs to produce 90,000 catchable rainbows annually. In total the hatchery provides Ohio anglers with 100,000 lbs. of fish each year.
Castalia State Fish Hatchery is located at 7018 Homegardner Road, Castalia Ohio. To learn more about the open house, call 419-684-7499. Find more information about all six of Ohio's state fish hatcheries at
The 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.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov<http://www.ohiodnr.com/>.
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