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Friday, December 06, 2013 9:28 PM

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!

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

Where: Walleye fishing has been excellent for anglers trolling around the Huron dumping grounds and also north of Cranberry Creek. Night fishing has been good on many of the western basin piers, especially the Huron pier.

How: Trollers are using crankbaits such as Reef Runners, Ripsticks, Rogues or Deep Husky Jerks. The best action has been in the upper portion of the water column. Anglers casting off the piers are primarily using stick baits.

Water Temperature

The water temperature is 35 degrees off Toledo and 42 degrees off 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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ODNR provides perfect stocking stuffers for the holiday season

COLUMBUS – While shopping for friends and family this holiday season, why not consider giving the gift of the great outdoors? The ODNR can help with gift ideas for everyone in the entire family.

Ohio State Parks Gift Cards

An Ohio State Parks gift card makes the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys Ohio’s beautiful scenic landscapes. Gift cards may be redeemed for camping, getaway rentals, cottage rentals or in most of Ohio’s scenic state park lodges. They may also be used for golfing at Ohio State Parks’ six public courses or for boat rentals at many state park marinas. Available in any denomination and with no expiration date, gift cards may be purchased online at ohiostateparks.org, at any state park office or by calling 866-644-6727.

While purchasing gift cards, don’t forget about signing up for an Ohio State Parks Rewards Card. Points are awarded for each $1 spent on overnight rentals (i.e. campsites, cottages, getaway rentals and lodge rooms), golf, retail items and rental items including day-use facilities (excluding seasonal boat dock rentals). Points can be redeemed for camping, cottage and getaway rental overnights as well as stays at eight of our scenic Ohio State Park Lodges.

Wildlife Gift Certificates

Ohio offers countless hunting and fishing opportunities for every level of outdoorsmen and women. Gift certificates are available at wildohio.com and may be used toward fishing and hunting licenses, turkey or deer hunting permits and Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps. Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Gift certificates can only be purchased and redeemed online.

Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps

The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is available for purchase online, by mail or at any ODNR Division of Wildlife district office. The 2013 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp depicts a black-capped chickadee. Ninety-three percent of proceeds from the sale of the $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp support a wide range of wildlife diversity projects, such as habitat restoration, educational outreach, land acquisition and endangered species research.

People who purchase a stamp will also receive a lapel pin and a commemorative card suitable for framing. Buyers may personalize and print a certificate of appreciation to accompany the gift stamp at wildohiostamp.com.

Ohio’s conservation efforts have been funded largely by hunters, anglers and trappers through the required purchase of licenses and permits. The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp provides an additional funding opportunity to support conservation for wildlife watchers, campers, photographers, hikers and others who embrace wildlife causes.

Wild Ohio Magazine

Wild Ohio Magazine features articles and photos about fishing, hunting, conservation, species profiles, habitat improvement and more. Wild Ohio Magazine is published by the ODNR Division of Wildlife six times per year with 36 full-color pages. Go to wildohio.com and click on the Wild Ohio Customer Center to purchase a membership. The cost for six issues, including a monthly calendar and a magazine for kids, is $5 online for individuals with a valid hunting or fishing license or the most recent Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. The cost is $10 for all other members. Order a one-year membership now to receive the January/February 2014 edition.

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Events scheduled for next two weeks

The Division of Wildlife announces several events scheduled for the next two weeks around the state.

Sunday, a Holiday Open House at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. St. Rt. 2, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449, has been set for noon to 4 p.m.

To thank helpers for what they have supported this year, this is an opportunity to come enjoy the fire, live music, free food and do your holiday shopping at the same time. Kids’ activities are also schedule at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center.

Contact person is Mary Warren at (419) 898-0960, #31, or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DOW staff are offering a “Landowner Series: Best Management Practices Breakfast for Farmers (Old Woman Creek Events)” workshop/class — sponsored by Old Woman Creek (www.oldwomancreek.org) 8-10 a.m. Dec. 13 at 2514 Cleveland Road East, Huron, Ohio 44839.

As described by the organization: “as a farmer, you have many choices in managing your land. Best Management Practices (BMPs) could help increase yield, save money and improve the quality and health of Ohio’s streams, rivers and lakes. Join Division of Wildlife staff and Erie Soil and Water Conservation staff to discuss BMPs. Learn about new grant programs available to landowners in the region. Breakfast provided through donations by Friends of Old Woman Creek Association, Inc., and partners of the Reserve. Space is limited: Registration is required by Tuesday!”

This is a wheelchair-accessible site. Contact Ann Keefe at (419) 433-4601 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Lake Erie Sport Fish Summit set for the Ottawa County Visitors’ Bureau at 770 SE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452, is slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The site is wheelchair-accessible.

Finally, a Veterans Appreciation Pheasant Hunt in the Fort Recovery area is set from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 15.

Requirements:

• Hunter must be an Armed Forces veteran of any branch or era of service;

• Hunter must possess valid Ohio hunting license;

• Participants must come prepared for a day in the field (clothing, rain gear, etc.);

• Wear comfortable boots and weather-appropriate clothing good for walking through tall, wet vegetation;

• Hunter and any accompanying friends or family members must wear at minimum a hunter orange vest during the hunt;

• We will do our absolute best to accommodate any physical limitations you may have; please contact us and we will work out a plan so you can have a great hunt.

Firearms:

If you bring a shotgun with you, it must have a functioning safety and no external hammer.

Firearms will be provided to hunters who do not have them but you must indicate that on the registration form so that we can have the correct number of firearms available on the day of the hunt.

Contact Jonas Foote for application — This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (419) 852-1696 — or connect with Mercer County PF Chapter #745 on Facebook.

This is a free activity.

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Recycled trees can become mulch, compost or wildlife habitat

COLUMBUS - Before sending your live-cut Christmas tree to the trash, remember that it can find new life after the holidays. The ODNR reminds Ohioans that their trees can be recycled into a variety of uses, including mulch, compost and wildlife habitat.

“Mulching, chipping or composting Christmas trees after the holidays is a wise alternative to just throwing them in landfills,” said Paul Baldridge, chief of the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention. “Many Ohio communities are making it easy for residents to recycle cut Christmas trees by offering convenient drop-off locations and curbside pick up.”

Many local park districts and communities shred Christmas trees for mulch and compost. Trees can even be transformed into wildlife habitat, providing shelter for some creatures during the winter months.

Individuals living in communities without recycling programs might consider chipping and composting their holiday trees. Adding compost to home gardens improves soil quality, stores moisture and reduces weeds. Using Christmas trees to create outdoor brush piles makes ideal homes for wildlife. Trees can also be weighted down and sunk in farm ponds to attract fish and increase habitat.

Before disposing of a live-cut Christmas tree, remember to remove all trimmings including tinsel, garland, lights and ornaments. Be sure you have proper permission before discarding your tree on public land, private land or in ponds. Discarding trees without permission could result in a litter violation.

Call your local solid waste management district for information on where to recycle live-cut Christmas trees in your area.

 

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