Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Go Fish (And enjoy a lake all to yourself)

Area anglers can sign up to fish Lake Metroparks' Hidden Lake in Leroy Township.

The small lake is aptly named, hidden away behind a cordon of trees. The lake harbors channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill-sunfish, yellow perch and crappies.

Under a management plan, anglers can apply for a permit 45 days before prior to the desired date. The inclusive dates the lake will be open to fishing are April 1 to Oct. 31. Fishing is only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays with hours being 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Permit holders can bring up to three guests. Up to two permits will be issued for each open date.

Note that a request for a new permit will be honored ONLY after the existing permit expires.

A person must have a valid Ohio fishing license, if such is required by state law.

All bass taken must be at least 15 inches with a maximum of 2 bass. No more than 10 bluegill-sunfish, perch, crappies can be taken per person, per day. And all bluegills-sunfish must be at least 6 inches long.

No catfish can be kept.

Permit holders and their guests must arrive using only one vehicle. Shore fishing only is allowed and boats cannot be used.

For further details, visit Lake Metroparks' web site at

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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