Fish for free Father’s Day weekend

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Cast a line for free, compliments of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), on Father’s Day weekend this year.

Ohio Free Fishing Days, June 19-20, are open to all Ohioans and extend to all of Ohio’s public waters. All size and bag limits apply during these two days.

Ohio is known for it’s world-class fishing, so this is your chance to get in on the action for free. The ODNR Division of Wildlife stocked more that 40 million sport fish in Ohio’s waters last year, including channel catfish, walleye, steelhead, muskellunge, brown trout, rainbow trout, blue catfish, and hybrid striped bass. That should certainly increase your odds of landing that big one.

Lake Erie is known as the walleye fishing capital of the world. Nearly 55 percent of fishing license holders fish Lake Erie annually, according to the Lake Erie Foundation.

The American Sport Fishing Association estimates that sport fishing expenditures at Lake Erie top $1 billion annually.

How many times do you ever run across something that is really free? This is your chance to dust off that old tackle box and rod and reel in the basement and get out with the whole family and go fishing. Find a nearby lake, river, stream, or pond and drop a line.

Have that cell phone camera ready to take some selfies and videos of your big catch of the day.

Here are some great nearby places to go fishing: the Little Miami River, Caesar Creek Lake, Philips Park, Glen Thompson Reserve, Shawnee Park, Huffman Dam, Eastwood Lake, Oaks Quarry Park, and the Narrows Reserve.

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