OAK HARBOR — Anglers 15 and under can fish on Saturdays in August at the designated Youth Fishing Pond at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Loaner equipment and bait will be provided, and a Division of Wildlife staff member will be available to assist, all free of charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.
Only youth age 15 and under are allowed to fish in the pond located around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young anglers may catch as many fish as they want, but they may keep only 6 channel catfish per day.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is located at 13229 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor.
The Sport Fish Restoration fund 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.
Introducing children to fishing can be a rewarding experience. For more information on taking youth fishing, visit the Division of Wildlife’s webpage at wildohio.gov.
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.