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Ohio Department of Natural Resources Launches Fish Stocking Dataset

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio, announced the expansion of the DataOhio Portal with the addition of a new fish stocking dataset through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, June 17th, 2021.

“Ohio lakes, rivers and streams have been stocked with over 1.5 billion fish since 1970, and most Ohioans who fish were unable to know what species and how many fish were stocked in their local lakes,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “As someone who has fished Ohio lakes my entire life, I know how valuable this information can be to anglers who are deciding where they should take their grandchildren to fish or where they might catch that trophy they’ve always wanted.”

ODNR’s fish stocking dataset is now available to the public and viewable in an interactive Ohio map and data table, which allows users to customize their search by:

- Location (Ohio public waterways)

- Stocking Year (1970-Present)

- Species

- Lifestage (fry, fingerling, etc.)

- Total Stocked (total number of fish stocked)

“Millions of Ohioans enjoy fishing each year,” said Kendra Wecker, Chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “We frequently receive questions about the best locations to fish, and what they might catch when they go. This new self-service tool provides direct and easy access to connect people to more destinations when fishing in Ohio.”

The DataOhio Portal illustrates the State of Ohio’s commitment to becoming more customer-centric and data-driven, ultimately allowing state agencies, programs and entities to better serve Ohioans.

Users can access the new fish stocking dataset and visualization under “Recent Datasets” or by filtering the Data Catalog by “Agency > Ohio Department of Natural Resources” at data.ohio.gov.