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Friday, November 15, 2013 10:00 PM

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

Welcome to the Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report! Fishing reports for Ohio’s inland lakes and rivers are updated and delivered to your inbox April through October. The Lake Erie fishing report is delivered weekly year-round.

LAKE ERIE

Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six 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 2 fish with a minimum size limit of 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Lake-wide

Walleye: Recent weather has limited fishing opportunities.

Where: Most walleye anglers have been fishing nearshore from Ruggles Reef to Cedar Point.

How: Troll using deep diving crankbaits such as Reef Runners or Deep Husky Jerks, fished in the middle portion of the water column or higher.

Yellow perch

Where: For some of the biggest perch of the year try traditional fall spots such as the green buoy off Catawba State Park; Green and Rattlesnake islands; Ballast Island; Kelleys Island shoal; east of Kelleys Island airport; between Kelleys Island and Lakeside; the Marblehead Lighthouse; north of Cedar Point; the south end of the sandbar offshore between Vermilion and Lorain; and just off most of the ports from Huron to Conneaut.

How: Perch spreaders with shiners, near the bottom.

Smallmouth bass

Where: Bass start moving shallow to feed as water temperatures drop. Try fishing rocky areas along both island and mainland shorelines to find feeding smallmouth bass; areas with gizzard shad, shiners or gobies will be best.

How: Tube jigs, drop shots with goby imitations, and crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Water Temperature: The water temperature is 43 degrees off Toledo and 53 degrees off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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Ticks in Ohio a hunting hazard

American dog ticks, blacklegged ticks and lone star ticks can all pose a threat to outdoorsmen and women during the fall hunting seasons. A few simple measures can decrease your chances of being bitten by a harmful tick while out in the field.

Unlike pets and humans, wild animals such as deer are not affected by the blacklegged tick and suffer no ill effects from Lyme disease. Additionally, Lyme disease cannot be transmitted by the consumption of venison. Hunters should keep in mind, however, that hunting and dressing deer may bring them into close contact with infected ticks.

Take the time to learn about Ohio’s tick species and how to protect yourself. Also, read about ticks and Lyme disease on the Ohio Department of Health’s Web site.

If you believe the tick is a lone star or blacklegged tick, or if you are unable to identify the tick, you may send the tick to your local health department for identification.

To have the tick identified, it should be saved in a hard container such as a pill bottle or film canister. Place a few blades of grass in the container with the tick. Containers should be mailed as soon as possible. If needed, the ticks may be safely refrigerated for several days until mailed. Be sure to include the following contact information: name, address and phone number; date tick was collected; Ohio county where it was collected, and indicate whether or not the tick was attached to a person or animal.

Blacklegged ticks are found in the woods; dog ticks are in grassy areas and road edges.

Steps to help avoid ticks: Use repellents according to labels; Tuck your pants into your socks and boots and tuck your shirt into your pants; Check yourself, family and pets regularly and remove ticks immediately; Use anti-tick products on pets; Ask your veterinarian about Lyme vaccines for pets where blacklegged ticks are found; Create a tick-safe zone in your yard.

To use tick repellent properly follow these steps: First, purchase an insect repellent containing permethrin. Be sure to follow all directions on the bottle and avoid contact with your skin. Apply the permethrin to your boots and pants and allow them to dry completely. The repellent is odorless and will not impact the success of your hunt. The repellent should remain effective throughout the hunting season, even with exposure to moisture or hot-water washing.

When heading to the field, tuck your pants into your boots to prevent tick access to your skin. Do not leave your skin exposed. Ticks may take advantage of your exposed ankles.

Tie your boots securely. You are now ready to take to the field.

Tick Removal: If you are bitten by a tick, do not panic. Carefully remove the tick, including its mouth parts, from your skin. Carefully monitor your health in the days to come. It may take several days for symptoms of illness to arise.

Ticks transmit many diseases. The ones that transmit diseases in Ohio are called “hard ticks”. All tick-borne diseases in Ohio are zoonoses, that is, they are diseases of animals that can be transmitted to people. Normally, these diseases can only be transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. An infected animal or person cannot pass the infection on to another animal or person. Ticks normally become infected by taking a blood meal from an infected animal. However, with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, infected female ticks pass the infection to their offspring through the eggs. Male and female ticks feed on blood and both are capable of transmitting diseases. There are four stages in the life of a tick: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. It generally takes several months to two years to complete this life cycle. A blood meal is taken in all except the egg stage. After each blood meal, the skin is shed and the tick matures to its next life stage. Thus it is possible for a tick to transmit disease organisms three times in its life. It is also possible to become infected by handling infected ticks, such as when removing ticks from a pet, when infective body fluids are introduced into a wound or mucus membrane.

 

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