Thursday, December 3, 2009

Castalia trout fishing & deer hunting accidents (Good and better)

You can bet that I'll be applying for one of the slots to fish the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Castalia Trout Hatchery near Sandusky.

The fishing can be that could. Correction. The fishing IS that good with virtually everyone who gets drawn and goes there being able to creel a five-fish limit, sometimes too quickly.

Other rules include allowing a successful applicant to bring two adult guests and three youth guests under the age of 16.

Fishing sessions run from 7 a.m. to noon.

This year the agency is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for the available fishing slots that will run from April through October 2010.

Online applications cost $3 while mail-in applications cost $5. Only one applicant per person is permitted.

To apply online, visit the Wildlife Division's web site at or call 800-WILDLIFE for a paper application.

Ohio's more than 400,000 deer hunters successfully completed Monday's opener without a single hunting accident, called incidents by the Wildlife Division.

But by today - Thursday - that number stood at three, none of which were fatal but all of which were two-party incidents, reports Matt Ortman, the agency's official in charge of monitoring such matters.

Though one incident is still one too many, the fact is that during the course of the week-long firearms deer hunting season the state typically records 10 to 12 such hunting incidents, Ortman says.

As for an incident-free deer gun season opener, Ortman was impressed.

"I've been sitting here wondering how long it's been since that has happened and it has to go at least as far back as 2001. It was a pleasant surprise," Ortman said.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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