The Jackson County Trout Festival is back after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is set for Saturday, April 17 at Hammertown Lake, with gates opening at 6 a.m. and the final weigh-in to be conducted at 4 p.m. at the shelter house. 

The event, hosted by the Jackson Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #96, will feature trophies for the largest trout and largest game fish caught in two separate age brackets. There will also be a casting contest for the youngsters in three age brackets and with a boys and girls division. 

There will be hourly drawings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at which time the grand prize (a Pelican fishing kayak) will be awarded in the final drawingEvent organizers say there will likewise be food and fun all day for the entire family. Organizers are asking all participants to use social distancing and to wear a mask while at the shelter house.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) releases just over 80,000 rainbow trout every spring in many Ohio public lakes and ponds, including Hammertown Lake, which is set to be stocked just prior to the Trout Festival.