Castalia fishing application being accepted through Jan. 31

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CASTALIA -- The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) conducts an annual drawing to fish for trout in the half-mile section of Cold Creek that runs through Castalia State Fish Hatchery. Participation is determined by computer generated random drawing which is held early February.

The application period is Dec. 1-Jan. 31. Applications must be submitted online by Jan. 31 or earlier to be considered. Go to the Wild Ohio Customer Center and click "Lottery Applications." Applicants 16 years old and older must hold a valid fishing license to apply.

The application fee is $3 and anglers may apply once annually. If the same name appears on multiple applications, all applications will be disqualified and the fee(s) forfeited.

Independent drawings will be held for both a youth season (summer) which includes 15 years old and younger, and an.adult season (spring and fall) which includes 16 years old and older. Each person must submit a separate application. Application fees are non-refundable.

Permit holders may bring two adults and three youths and you may participate only once per season as either the permittee or a partner. Participants 16 and older must hold a valid fishing license.

Anglers will be able to check the website (in the Wild Ohio Customer Center) under their customer number to find out if they were chosen as participants. Applicants not chosen to participate will not be notified. Anglers chosen to participate will receive instructions on how to download the necessary permit and instructions from our website, including the fishing date.

The permit to fish applies to the successfully drawn applicant and his/her partner(s) and permits are transferable (adult to adult, youth to youth). All participants must be properly licensed.

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