Nick McWilliams reporting – With plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures ahead, New Philadelphia officials are asking fishermen to help out.

Recently, the city stocked the Tuscora Park pond for the Trout Derby in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with over 1,600 fish.

Despite great turnout for area children and families trying their hand at catching the sport fish, plenty of the finned animals remain and are up for grabs, according to Mayor Joel Day.

“There are still many rainbow trout in the Tuscora Park pond that need to be fished out before the water temperature rises. So, fishermen? Go out there and help us out.”

The fish that were released are roughly a foot long or just above that, and are known to be caught with standard nightcrawlers or even sweet corn.

Fish that are not caught and taken home will die as the water temperature increases past a certain point, but will be active for multiple weeks until the pond reaches the 70 degrees Fahrenheit range.

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