Lake St. Marys July Cats

The team of Osting and Kriegel won the July Catmaster Tournament at Lake St. Marys. The winning weight was 49.50 pounds for a six-fish limit. They also had big fish that weighed 15.95 pounds

Indian Lake White Bass

Thurman Brown and Kevin Edwards of Columbus show a couple of Indian Lake white bass from their well-filled cooler.

Grand Lake Crappie Winners

The team of Freeman and Freeman weighed in a ten-fish limit over 10 pounds to win the first Grand Lake Crappie Series tournament of 2014.

Ice-Breaker Catfish

Shane Powers and Jeff Perry won the 2014 March Catmaster tournament at Lake St. Marys. This is part of their 6-fish limit that weighed over 43 pounds. The big fish weight was 13 pounds 9 ounces. It took over 42 pounds for second place.

record catch

Doug Wehrley and Dean Smith won the 5/11 Catmaster tournament at Lake St. Marys with a record 6-fish limit of 65.9 pounds. Jeff Devilbiss and Don Collins took 2nd with 52.9 pounds and Blake and Tony Osting took 3rd with 44.75 pounds. The tournament ran from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Big fish was 14 pounds.

Grand Lake St. Marys Report

The fall fishing is winding down as fishermen transition into winter. Large slab crappies are still being taken by bank fishermen, but they have to be hunted. Docks are popular . Fishermen are focusing on deeper water, fishing deeper, and working jigs slower. Fish toward the middle of channels and work the bait into available structure.


Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reports that fall fishing is winding down as fishermen begin to transition to winter fishing. Some good catches of crappies are still being made, but fishermen are hunting fish and working for them. Small jigs tipped with wax worms are the baits of choice. The game reserve is still popular and productive.


Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that nice catches of bluegills are still being taken. Seven and eight inch fish are not unusual. Small jigs and plastic tails are popular. Most fishermen tip their hooks with wax worms. Crappie fishermen are also doing well. More and more keepers are being taken, and some huge fish have been reported this fall.


Dec 20 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

Forda Birds has been around for a long time, well over 40 years. The first column appeared in the St. Marys Evening Leader in October of 1969, and with very few exceptions has appeared weekly since then. I never imagined that I would still be writing this piece today, but for whatever reasons, it just seems to keep going and going. Looking back over the years, there have been a lot of changes in the outdoors. I’ve had the opportunity to record most of them which probably means I’m sort of an expert who knows a little bit about a lot of things. Generally, an expert is considered to be an authority in a particular area or skill. What I do doesn’t fit that bill. The outdoors is too broad. I’m not an expert on hunting, shooting, archery fishing, camping, boating, conservation, wildlife biology, or Lake St. Marys. Unlike some others, I admit it. However, I do observe, research, and report, although my biases are usually evident. And, over the years, I’ve managed to rub elbows with those who are the real experts. Much of what I know comes from them.

Regardless, after listening to continuous spurts of misinformation, disinformation, and downright bull manure over the years, I came up with the brilliant idea to create a series of books that contained a record of what I thought were significant events covering almost all aspects of the outdoor world and my spin on them. I came up with the catchy title of Going Wild with Forda Birds and the main source of my information was the outdoor columns I’ve written, well over 2000 of them. My goal was to compile five books covering 50 years. Volume 3 is now in print and available to the public from any number of sources. Volume 4 should be out in the fall of 2015, and Volume 5 is planned for 2020 when I plan to bring this career to an end.

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Dec 09 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles.

Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday. Archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 2-5, 2015.

Read more: Hunters Check 65,485 Deer During Gun Season

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