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Governor DeWine Celebrates First Inland Fish Ohio Day


(WILMINGTON, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz held the first-ever Inland Fish Ohio Day at Cowan Lake State Park in Wilmington on Saturday. The Governor fished on a boat with several of his family members.

“We had a great day fishing at Cowan Lake,” said Governor DeWine. “In Ohio, we have world-class opportunities for boating and fishing, not only on Lake Erie, but also on our inland lakes, like Cowan Lake. We want to highlight opportunities for families to fish and spend time together at our inland lakes this summer.”

“Ohio is such a wonderful place to live,” said Director Mertz. “Our state offers families hundreds of lakes where they can spend a day relaxing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, or canoeing. Our inland lakes offer so much, and no matter where you are, there is a lake close to you!”

Attendees of the new Inland Fish Ohio Day enjoyed boating and fishing on the 700-acre Cowan Lake. Muskie, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill are plentiful at Cowan Lake.

The two largest fish of the day were 16 inches long. One was a 16-inch channel catfish and the other was a 16-inch largemouth bass. Anglers caught nearly 200 fish over the course of the morning.