Young anglers 15 and under can enjoy free shore fishing in Xenia this summer

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Young anglers 15 and under can enjoy free shore fishing in Xenia this summer

Reservations begin next week on a youth fishing area in Xenia.

Anglers 15 years and younger can enjoy free, accessible fishing beginning in June. The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s (DOW) District Five office will provide new shore fishing opportunities at several former spring-fed hatchery ponds. The youth fishing area is located at 1076 Old Springfield Pike in Xenia.

Youth 15 years and under will be allowed to fish by reservation only. No walk-ins will be admitted. Fishing is planned for three sessions each day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sessions begin in June and continue through Labor Day. A limit of six reservations per session has been set. Young anglers may keep one fish per day at the youth fishing ponds and catching and releasing fish for the duration of the visit is welcome.

A parent or guardian must accompany all young anglers while in the youth area, but adults are not required to have a fishing license. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but may assist young anglers. Equipment, bait, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff assistance will be provided at no charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and monies from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Youth are limited to one reservation per month. To register, call the Wildlife District Five office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 937-372-9261.

Originally posted by Al Smith – Guest Columnist at LimaOhio.com, on May 11, 2018.

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