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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio Report

CENTRAL OHIO

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) - Smallmouth bass can be caught in this lake north of Columbus; using crankbaits and spinner baits, target the main and secondary lake points where rip-rap or hard bottom is present. White bass are being caught on in-line spinners and blade baits; look for dense areas of gizzard shad on the surface. Crappies are being found around wood in 10-15 feet of water use jigs or minnows. Crappie will move into shallower water as temperature decrease this fall. Muskellunge can provide good action this time of year; troll crankbaits along the points and dam.

Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield County) - Channel catfish can be caught in this lake east of Lancaster. Use cut shad, shrimp or nightcrawlers fished in the east or south ends for best results. Bluegill are providing some action around cover in the east end; use wax worms or red worms under a bobber. Largemouth bass are also being caught on spinner baits and must be 15 inches or longer to keep. 10-HP limit on lake.

NORTHWEST OHIO

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Richland/Ashland County line) - With 781 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, Pleasant Hill — located next to Mohican State Forest, 2 miles southwest of Perrysville — has plenty to offer. The boat ramp and marina are located on Covert Road, right off SR 95. Water levels are at normal levels right now. Good numbers of crappie from 9-10 inches can be found; try minnows under a slip bobber in 8-12 feet of water near submerged trees. The lake also has excellent populations of largemouth bass, saugeye and yellow perch. For saugeye, try trolling in 10-15 feet of water in front of the beach. For largemouth, try around the stumps at the lower end of the reservoir.

Lake McKarns (Williams County) - Located on the St. Joseph Wildlife Area, south of Montpelier on CR J and west of CR 10, the lake is 70 acres in size and is a good place to try for some largemouth bass this time of year; try focusing on the structure in the southwest area of the lake with top-water lures fished along the structure edges. For largemouth bass, 2 fish may be kept less than 14 inches and 1 20 inches or greater may be kept for a total limit of 3. The lake features a boat ramp and boats are limited to 10-HP engines.

NORTHEAST OHIO

Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County) - Anglers have really enjoyed the catfish action this summer here. It has continued to produce nice catches of channels, particularly using shad caught by cast nets. Most fish are being caught after the sun goes down in the shallow flat areas.

Pleasant Hill Reservoir (Ashland/Richland counties) - The spillway (below the dam) here has been producing a mixed bag of saugeye, white bass, crappie and bluegill; popular baits have been smaller jigs and soft plastics, inline spinners, maggots and jigs.

SOUTHEAST OHIO

Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) - Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and start looking for bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try top-water baits near weed-lines or plastic worms in dark colors which include purple, motor oil and black; generally this time of year, the most successful times will be late evening and early morning but if you’re feeling adventurous, fish may be caught throughout the night. Some bluegill and other sunfish may also be caught using nightcrawlers below a bobber; target the marina area.

Lake Logan (Hocking County) - Nice catches of largemouth bass have been found in this 333-acre lake in the past. Most anglers prefer fishing the shorelines from a boat; try spinner baits to target the fish. This lake is also popular with catfish anglers; nightcrawlers, chicken livers, or prepared catfish baits work well when fished on the bottom in addition to cut bait such as shad or suckers.

SOUTHWEST OHIO

Acton Lake (Preble County) - Good numbers of 1- to 3-pound channel catfish are being caught at this lake in Hueston Woods State Park. Try fishing on the bottom using chicken livers or shrimp; the shoreline area between the swimming beach and Sugar Camp area has been best.

Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize/Mercer counties) - Channel catfish are popular at Ohio’s largest inland lake; try fishing on the bottom with nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, or cut baits. Prime areas include the Windy Point fishing pier and the stone piers along the east bank. Increase your chances of catching a large flathead catfish by using large chub minnows or live sunfish for bait.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) - Channel catfish are being caught below the dam in the tail waters; successful anglers are using nightcrawlers, chicken livers and cut baits fished on the bottom. For saugeyes in the lake, try casting or trolling silver-colored crankbaits on flats near the beach and Plum Run islands area.

OHIO RIVER

Hannibal Lock and Dam Tailwater - Hybrid-striped bass in the 5- to 7-pound range have been caught in good numbers in the past, the majority usually on skipjack or shad; try casting out into the tailwater section and let your bait drift, or place under an agitator and retrieve in short jerks. Fishing off one of the platforms or along the walkway near the dam are your best bets. Catfish can still be caught with cut bait and skipjack; although night fishing yields the best results, the recent cooler temperatures may work to your advantage.

New Richmond to Meldahl Dam (Clermont County) - Catfishing is still heating up along the Ohio River; water levels are still slightly low in some areas but anglers are reporting good catches on raw or seasoned chicken breast. Stripers are being caught along the mouths of creeks flowing into the river. Watch for skipjack action in these areas; stripers will be foraging for them.

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 through Aug. 31; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler, with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Western Basin: Walleye fishing was best around “L” can, Toussaint Reef and the islands area near the Canadian border. Trollers have been catching fish on worm harnesses or with divers and spoons, drifters by casting mayfly rigs or weight-forward spinners tipped with worms. … Yellow perch fishing was best north of the water intake off of Toledo, north of Port Clinton, north of the navigation buoy off of Catawba Island, near Niagara Reef, “D” and “C” cans, west of North Bass Island, E of the Kelleys Island airport and on the dumping grounds E of Marblehead; perch-spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. … Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good in harbors and nearshore areas around Catawba and Marblehead.

Central Basin: Walleye fishing has occasionally been good around the weather buoy along the Canadian border, W of Ruggles Reef and around the Huron dumping grounds trolling crankbaits or worm harnesses. Excellent fishing, best of the year, was reported in 65-72 feet of water N of Ashtabula and in 65-72’ N of Conneaut. Anglers are trolling wire line with pink, silver, orange, red, yellow and green stick baits. … Yellow perch fishing has been excellent in 48-52’ N of Gordon Park, in 48-50’ N of Wildwood Park, in 48-52’ NW of Fairport Harbor, in 46-61’ NE of Geneva and in 52-62’ NE of Conneaut; spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish. Shore fishing off the Cleveland area piers has been slow. … Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good in 10-20’ around harbor areas in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor, Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut using nightcrawlers, soft-craws, leeches and crankbaits. … White Bass fishing is picking up with small fish being caught off the short pier in Fairport harbor; best spots to try are East 55th Street and East 72nd Street piers in Cleveland, the long pier in Grand River and the short pier in Fairport Harbor. On the lake, look for gulls feeding on shiners at the surface; the white bass will be below. Anglers are using agitators with jigs and small spoons. … Channel Catfish are being caught off the Edgewater and East 55 Street piers in Cleveland in the evenings using nightcrawlers. … The water temperature is 70 degrees off of Toledo and 71 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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Sept. 1 kicks off Early Migratory Game Bird hunting seasons

COLUMBUS – Sept. 1 kicks off the State of Ohio’s 2013-14 bird hunting seasons for mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.

The seasons were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council.

New this year, bag limits for Canada geese and teal have increased and possession limits after the second day of hunting have increased for all migratory game bird species.

Ohio’s dove season is Sept. 1-Oct. 21 and Dec. 15-Jan. 2, 2014, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 45 birds after the second day.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. Bott Wildlife Area will hold its drawings at the Indian Creek Headquarters. These controlled hunts will take place Sept. 1-2; hunting hours will be noon to sunset. Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1-2, 7, 14 and 21. Youths 17 years old and younger will be given priority on Sept. 1-2.

Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at noon today at the respective public area headquarters. Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon. Maps and details are available at wildohio.com. Questions about these hunts should be directed to the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District Five office at 937-372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted statewide Sept. 1-15 during the special early season, with a daily limit of five birds and possession limit of 15 birds after the second day. The Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early Canada goose season.

The early teal hunting season is Sept. 7-22 with a daily bag limit of six birds and possession limit of 18 after the second day. Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1-Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe is Sept. 1-Nov. 25 and Dec. 15-Jan. 4, 2014, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is Oct. 12-Nov. 25 with a daily bag limit of three.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to a state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Hunters must obtain a new HIP certification each year. Licenses, permits and stamps are available online at the Wild Ohio Customer Center. Federal duck stamps are available at duckstamp.com.

A state wetlands habitat stamp endorsement and a federal duck stamp are not required to hunt doves, rails, moorhens, snipe and woodcock. Only nontoxic shot may be used to hunt waterfowl, rails, moorhens and snipe.

Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. The only exceptions will be on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves. The 2013-14 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure can be found online at wildohio.com. The 2013 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available by late August at license outlets, ODNR Division of Wildlife district offices or by calling 800-WILDLIFE.

 

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