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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

CENTRAL OHIO

Griggs Reservoir (Franklin County) - This 361-acre reservoir in Columbus provides good fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and carp. Target smallmouth bass downstream of the dam in the Scioto River and in the reservoir around rocky cover; use small crank baits, creature baits and tubes along secondary lake points around rocks and other cover. Big carp are also abundant. Crappie can be caught using minnows or jigs fished around woody cover. For bluegill and other sunfish, try nightcrawlers.

Licking River (Licking County) - This river east of Columbus provides opportunities for flathead and channel catfish, carp and smallmouth. Use live bait for flatheads in pools around woody cover. Cut bait and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom can be effective for channel catfish. Carp can be caught throughout using prepared baits. For smallmouth bass, use jigs, baits that imitate crawfish, or tube baits; fish areas with moving water around rocks and other cover.

 

NORTHWEST OHIO

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area Ponds (Williams County) - This is the last weekend to fish these intensively-managed ponds. All area lakes are open to public fishing until Monday; no more than 15 sunfish may be kept per day and no more than five of these may be 8-plus inches. Most anglers are having success catching the large fish but finding it difficult to catch those less than eight inches. Largemouth bass must be 18-plus inches to keep, with a daily bag limit of five. For additional rules and information, visit the Division’s webpage.

Bucyrus Reservoir #1 (Crawford County) - Located in the center of the county, 2 miles northeast of Bucyrus just off SR 98, anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and bullheads this time of year; fish the shoreline cover consisting of timber, brush and weeds. Anglers seeking largemouths should try minnows, plastic worms, tube jigs and crankbaits. There is a parking area right off SR 98 with excellent shoreline fishing access. A primitive boat ramp is available off of SR 98, just east of Beechgrove Road; there are no motor restrictions but boats must be operated at “no-wake” speeds.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Bass anglers have been catching fish offshore around schooling shad; lipless crankbaits have been top producers in offshore situations, while Texas-rigged soft plastics have been productive around shoreline cover. Sunfish and crappie have been biting in deeper water; drifting pin-mins tipped with maggots around the 10-foot depth range has been the ticket.

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) - Shallow crankbaits continue to produce good catches of largemouth bass; with the recent dark and windy conditions, fish have been very shallow and close to shore. The channel catfish action has also been good, with shad and nightcrawlers both producing good catches.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Wolf Run Lake (Noble County) - Anglers like this 220-acre lake for sunfish and catfish. Decent catches of sunfish can be reeled in around weeds and structure, or any shoreline access along the lake; try plastic worms or small crankbaits, although a basic live worm under a bobber should produce results. Channel cats can be found in pretty much any cove off the main lake; live worms, chicken livers and stink baits are all popular choices this time of year, especially in the evening hours through early morning to take advantage of the cooler weather.

Pike Lake (Pike County) - This 13-acre lake is a favorite for bluegill, bass and catfish. Bluegill are generally found along the shoreline but may be more active in the cooler mornings and evenings; use wax worms on a small hook and bobber. Largemouth bass up to 4 pounds can be caught on a variety of artificial lures, twister tails and live minnows; fishing around the shoreline is best early and late in the day. Large catfish up to 25 inches have also been seen here; night time might be the best opportunity right now on cutbaits, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) - Bluegill and sunfish are being caught using earthworms or wax worms, or on artificial baits colored green or chartreuse, fished 5-6 feet deep; there are good opportunities from a boat or along the shoreline and pier areas, as well as in the mouth of Cowan Creek. Channel catfish are being caught using chicken livers, cut bait, shrimp or earthworms ff of the bottom and about 3-6feet deep; fish from the pier area, campground cove or creek channel.

East Fork Lake (Clermont County) - Hybrid-striped bass can be caught this time of year trolling or jigging shad-colored crankbaits or spoons in 5- to 7-foot depths, or slow-trolling with live gizzard shad. Shore anglers have been successful using nightcrawlers and chicken livers; watch for schools of small shad jumping at the surface - hybrids may be feeding below. Best area to fish is around the main state park public swimming beach. REMEMBER all hybrids less than 15 inches must be immediately released into the lake and anglers can only keep a daily limit of four; anglers are encouraged to cut the line on deeply-hooked hybrids to be released. Channel catfish are being caught using crayfish, live minnows, or earthworms off of the bottom about 5-8 feet deep; cast into the areas under undercut banks or near submerged trees and brush. Use live bait such as gizzard shad or bluegill to catch flathead catfish.

OHIO RIVER

Unfavorable conditions and muddy water are still found throughout the river. More rain is expected and water could again rise to critical levels; anglers are encouraged to assess water levels and conditions before deciding to fish. Check http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/OHRFCrg.shtml for regularly-updated information.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 6 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 5; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler; minimum size limit is 14 inches.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was good over the past week; the best areas were NW of West Sister Island, around the Toledo water intake and to a lesser extent SW of Kelleys Island on American Eagle Shoal. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons; drifters are using worm harnesses with bottom-bouncers or casting mayfly rigs. … Yellow perch fishing was good over the past week; the best areas have been the Toledo water intake, “A” can of the Camp Perry firing range and within 1 mile of the SW corner of Kelleys Island and the SE corner of Kelleys Island. Perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Smallmouth Bass fishing has been very good around South Bass Island using soft-craws, tube jigs and crankbaits. Largemouth bass fishing has also been good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has been good at the weather buoy between Vermilion and Lorain near the Canadian border and in 17’ of water nearshore between Huron and Vermilion. Excellent fishing was reported in 72-74’ of water NE of Geneva and in 72-74’ of water NW of Conneaut trolling dipsy- and jet-divers and wire line with yellow, pink, green and orange spoons. … Yellow perch fishing has been good just off the Huron River mouth, off of the condos E of Vermilion, in 32-42’ and 48’ of water N of Edgewater Park and in 50’ NW of Gordon Park. Excellent fishing was reported this past week in 42-52’ NW (the Hump) of Fairport Harbor and in 44-49’ NW of Conneaut; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow due to muddy water from the big rain storms. … Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent in 15-25’ around harbor areas in Cleveland (5-20’ of water), Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut; anglers are using crankbaits, spinner baits, tube jigs, curly tail grubs, soft-craws and leeches. … White Bass has been fair in the evenings off Euclid Beach, East 55th Street in Cleveland and the long pier in Fairport Harbor; look for fishing to pick up once the water clears up from the rain storms. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … The water temperature is 75 degrees off of Toledo and 73 degrees off of Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. … Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

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DOW Controlled-Deer Opportunities

Apply online for $3 per hunt. The application period is through Wednesday.

The Division of Wildlife (DOW) conducts annual hunts on a number of areas that are normally closed to hunting. All applicants (adults and youth) must possess a current hunting license to apply for controlled hunts.

Participation is determined by computer-generated random drawings. Applications may not be faxed or e-mailed. Application fees are non-refundable.

Hunters may apply for and participate in, either as hunter or partner, no more than a single hunt per area, per year. Hunters who fail to adhere to this risk disqualification and forfeiture of their application fee.

Drawings will be held for each area and each hunt date in early August for the early waterfowl hunts and in September for all others. Applicants can view the status of their application by visiting the Wild Ohio Customer Care Center at WildOhio.com (click on “Manage Your Customer Account” and follow the prompts).

Hunters chosen to participate will be notified by mail. In addition to instructions for obtaining your permit, you will receive information/rules specific for the hunt. If you are not drawn, you will not receive a refund, nor will you be notified.

Unless otherwise noted, hunters are limited to a single deer of either-sex. In those cases where a hunter may take more than one deer, only one deer may be antlered. Hunters may use either the $15 antlerless or $24 either-sex permit. Although the $15 antlerless permits will be valid statewide only through the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day, they may be used during all DOW-controlled hunts throughout the entire 2013-14 season. However, they will only be available to purchase through the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day. Bag limits and tagging requirements apply during all controlled hunts.

New for the 2013-14 season, hunters are limited to a SEASON bag limit of NINE deer. However, deer taken during controlled hunts do NOT count against this limit. Hunters may take an additional six deer during DOW-controlled hunts. However, regardless of method of take, season, or hunt, all hunters are limited to a single buck per season.

Unless otherwise noted, the adult hunts listed below are partner hunts. At least one of the hunters must be 18 years or older. In the case of the NASA hunts, if one of the hunters is under the age of 18, the other hunter must be 21 years or older.

The DOW offers a number of hunts for mobility-impaired hunters. These are NOT partner hunts, unless noted otherwise. Mobility-impaired hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting attendant who must possess a current hunting license and deer permit.

The DOW is also pleased to offer a number of excellent youth hunting opportunities. To be eligible to participate in a youth hunt, you must be 17 years or younger at the time of application. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 18 years or older and unless otherwise noted, the adult must possess a current hunting license and deer permit.

To ensure the safety of all participants, adults may not supervise more than two hunters during all youth hunts. Any exceptions to this are noted under the hunt description.

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SAFE sign-up continues

COLUMBUS — Sign-up continues for landowners and operators in designated geographical areas throughout Ohio to have the opportunity to offer cropland for enrollment in a Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) pheasant practice entitled State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), also known as CP38E-4D, operated by the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA).

This is for all or portions of the following counties: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Defiance, Fayette, Fulton (partial), Hardin, Highland (partial), Huron, Knox, Logan, Madison, Marion (partial), Morrow, Paulding, Pickaway, Ross (partial), Seneca, Shelby, Union and Wyandot (partial).

Pheasant SAFE utilizes a wildlife management practice specifically developed by conservation organizations and agencies located within Ohio to establish and restore habitats to support declining populations of game bird species. The program specifically targets declining pheasant and quail populations in areas of greatest impact.

Offers for enrollment in Pheasant SAFE practices may be made at any of the above FSA county offices in which the land is located. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements. Offers under this practice are not subject to competitive bidding; however, Ohio is limited to enrollment up to 28,700 acres on a first-come, first-served basis. The applicant may elect a contract period between 10-15 years. Pheasant SAFE allows for enrollment of whole fields.

Typically, CP38E-4D practices receive a Signing Incentive Payment equal to $100 per acre, 50% cost share assistance for eligible practice establishment costs, a Practice Incentive Payment equal to about 40% of eligible establishment costs and annual rental payments. Annual rental payments are calculated using soil rental rates, which are similar to cash rent rates.

Technical assistance will be provided by federal, state and private professionals to help participants select proper seed species, locate practice areas and establish and manage the practice cover. Seed mixes for the practice cover will be specifically designed to attract and benefit pheasants and other grassland species.

For more information on Ohio’s Pheasant SAFE project, visit your local FSA county office or go online to read the factsheet at: www.fsa.usda.gov/oh.

 

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