Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fish Ohio applications up so far

Even though sales of Ohio fishing licenses have tanked this year - believed caused by the long stretch of poor weather - the numbers of trophy fish caught has increased.

At least those fish entered in the Ohio Division of Wildlife's Fish Ohio program.

Vicki Farus - who coordinates the program for the Wildlife Division - says that the total to-date number of Fish Ohio applications processed is around 7,300.

For the same period last year that figure was around 5,500, Farus says.

"I think the program is going very well and I'm getting ready to send out another batch of pins," Farus said.

As fishing license sales are concerned, those are down about 57,000 documents. This has resulted in a loss of more than $1 million in revenues for the Wildlife Division.

The bulk of fishing license sales has occurred.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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