The Beacon I Thursday, April 30, 2009
OttawaOutdoors No Fishing License Required May 2 and 3 Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of â€œFree Fishing Daysâ€? on May 2 and 3 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the stateâ€™s public waters without having to buy a fishing license. During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents. Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free fishing license at any license vendor. Residents age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938 are eligible to obtain a reduced cost ($10) senior fishing license. A one-day fishing license is also available for $11, an amount that later can be applied toward the cost of an annual fishing license. A fishing license is required to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. Fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle stores, outdoor outfitters, major department stores, as well as on the
Internet at wildohio.com. Ohioâ€™s Free Fishing Days were established in 1993 to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is open to Ohio residents, and extends to all public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio. Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. In late winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass, while anglers on the Ohio River enjoy excellent striped bass fishing. The Free Fishing Days weekend offers every Ohioan of every age the chance to experience the fun of fishing. For anyone taking a young angler, thereâ€™s nothing more rewarding than teaching a kid to fish. Here are some helpful tips:
Keep it simple. Consider the childâ€™s age and skill level. If this is their first time, shore fishing is recommended. Kids like to catch fish. The size of fish doesnâ€™t matter to kids. But catching a fish - any fish - does. Choose a pond, lake or stream where they will easily be able to catch a few fish. Use simple tackle. A good rod and reel for kids costs between $15-$30. A spin-cast reel is easy to use and, after a few practice casts, kids usually have mastered it. Bring along a camera. Children love to show off pictures of their â€œbig catch.â€? Keep the trip fun-and short. Let the child have a good time, even if it means taking a break. Take time out to explore and enjoy the time together. Be patient. Plan on spending some time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures of big smiles and wiggling fish. By concentrating all your attention on your young angler, youâ€™ll likely be developing a fishing buddy for a lifetime. For further information, contact: Tom Lavergne, Division of Wildlife, Northwest Ohio 419-424-5000.
Free Boat Safety Inspections Offered One way to ensure that recreational boating remains a safe and pleasurable experience is to get a free vessel safety inspection that is offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft and its
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boating partners. More than 70 such inspections are being held as a free public service at public launch ramps and other locations around the state from late April through early June. In Ottawa County the free inspections will be offered at Mazurik Ramp in Lakeside on May 2, 16 and 17 from 8 to 10 a.m. The free safety inspections help increase safety awareness at a time when many Ohioans are launching their boats for the first time this year. Watercraft officers provide writ-
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THE GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED DANGER ZONES OFF THE SHORES OF CAMP PERRY AND THE ERIE INDUSTRIAL PARK CONTINUES TO BE USED FOR FIRING OF LARGE CALIBER INERT ARTILLERY, ANTIAIRCRAFT WEAPONS, SMALL ARMS AND OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACTIVITIES. RESTRICTED ENTRY AS PROVIDED BY TITLE 33, UNITED STATES CODE, IS BEING ENFORCED. ALL PERSONS MUST STAY CLEAR OF THESE ZONES DURING PERIODS OF FIRING ACTIVITY. BOATERS, FISHERMEN, AND AIRCRAFT PILOTS SHOULD REFER TO THE NOAA MARINE NAVIGATIONAL CHART #14830 AND THE TOLEDO AIR SECTIONAL CHART RESPECTIVELY FOR EXACT BOUNDARIES. THE CAMP PERRY STROBE LIGHT LOCATED AT 41Â° 32â€™ 15â€? N AND 083Â° 01â€™ 00â€? W WILL BE ACTIVATED AND RED RANGE FLAGS DISPLAYED DURING CONDUCT OF FIRING. ALL PERSONS MUST STAY OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES MARKED AS RANGE â€œDANGER ZONE Iâ€? AND RANGE â€œDANGER ZONE IIâ€?, SHOWN ON THE CHART (CAMP PERRY FIRING RANGE) ATTACHED HERETO. THESE BOUNDARIES AFFECT TWO DANGER ZONES: LAKE ERIE DANGER ZONE I EXTENDS 3.5 MILES OFFSHORE INCLUDING THE AIRSPACE TO 5,000â€™ ABOVE GROUND LEVEL (AGL) AND MAY BE IN USE BETWEEN 6 A.M. AND 6 P.M. DAILY, INCLUDING WEEKENDS, DURING THE ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2008. LAKE ERIE DANGER ZONE II EXTENDS 10 MILES OFFSHORE INCLUDING THE AIRSPACE TO 23,000â€™ AGL. FIRING IN THIS ZONE IS NORMALLY CONDUCTED BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 5 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS. EXTENSION TO THESE HOURS WILL BE PUBLISHED UNDER A SEPARATE NOTICE. DURING THE BOATING SEASON, THESE ZONES ARE NORMALLY MARKED WITH ORANGE AND WHITE BUOYS BEARING THE WORDS â€œRANGE DANGER ZONEâ€?. THE 2008 RANGE ACTIVITY WILL NOT REQUIRE THE TOTAL USE OF DANGER ZONE II. CONSEQUENTLY, A MODIFIED DANGER ZONE II FOR 2008 WILL BE IDENTIFIED BY A SERIES OF 14 BUOYS PLACED ON A WEST TO EAST LINE. APPROXIMATELY TWO AND ONEHALF MILES SOUTH OF USCG BUOYS A, B AND C. THE BUOYS WILL BE NUMBERED II-32 THROUGH II-19 (FROM WEST TO EAST). THE AREA NORTH OF THIS LINE OF BUOYS WILL BE SAFE FOR MARINERS DURING PERIODS OF FIRING INTO DANGER ZONE II (SEE CHART). MARINERS DESIRING GENERAL INFORMATION ON NAVIGATION OR PUBLIC USE OF THESE ZONES WILL CONTACT THE CAMP PERRY RANGE SAFETY OFFICE ON MARINE VHF CHANNEL 16, OR TELEPHONE 614-336-6245/6203 FOR SPECIFIC FIRING SCHEDULES. FOR RANGE EMERGENCIES ONLY CALL 614-336-6262.