Grand Lake Bait

Beaver Creek 2015

Beaver Creek below the West Bank Spillway is a saugeye/walleye hotspot at Grand Lake St. Marys. Crappie fishing can be good as well.

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

Ice conditions should continue to improve. Major weather services project that high daily temperatures will remain below freezing for at least the next ten days. Fishing has been spotty, at best, and many ice fishermen are blaming lower water caused by the lake drawdown. The annual drawdown takes place between October 15 and March 15.

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Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reports 8-10 inch ice at the lake. Ice fishermen are on the ice and finding fish. Bluegill fishing is excellent and 7-inch fish are common. Crappies are also being taken. Fishermen are using small ice jigs and blades tipped with small plastic tails. Wax worms and spikes are usually added to the combination.

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Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that fishermen are looking for and finding fish. The ice thickness is running up to ten inches and expected to improve. Bluegills of mixed sizes are being taken now with good numbers of keepers. Some keeper crappies are also showing up. Fishermen were catching nice bluegills at the Brick House Channel.

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Feb 09 2015

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

I developed a love for fishing lures over 60 years ago. I wasn’t concerned about collecting them, and I really didn’t care if they caught fish, although that was a plus. What I wanted was a decent display of artificial baits in my old tackle box. All of the good fishermen I knew had a box full of lures. So, I assumed that the more I had, the better fisherman I could claim to be, or so I thought at the time. It didn’t take long to discover that wasn’t true, and before long I had a decent collection of plugs and spinners, most of which never caught a fish.

I can remember the first lure I ever bought. It was a black, plastic J.C. Higgins River Runt that I got in downtown Lima at Montgomery Ward. I paid .50 cents for it in 1951, and my dad threw a fit. After that, I spent my time and money at Shorty’s Sport Shop buying anything and everything that was on sale. In reality, if I had wanted to catch a bass or two, all I really needed to buy was a Shannon Twin Spin, Pflueger Tandem Spinner, or a shallow running Hawaiian Wiggler. However, I went far past that and bought lures no one ever heard of or were only popular for a day or two. They didn’t catch fish around here, and that’s why they were on sale. It took me awhile to understand that scenario.

Read more: Lures Catch Fish and Fishermen
Jan 26 2015

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

The duck season is long over, but a few hardcore waterfowlers are chasing geese until January 31. Since the numbers are good, those wishing to spend the time scouting and hunting these trophy birds can have some success. Overall, whether or not hunters had what they consider a good waterfowl season depends a lot on where and when they hunted. From what I understand, after the early part of the season when there were some local birds, things went downhill. An unexpected cold snap put a quick layer of ice on the lake when the split season reopened, and, for the most part, the ducks had moved south. After that, migrating birds came in spurts, and if they did come through the area, didn’t stay very long. Although the lakes provided more days of open water than last year, the hunting wasn’t any better. At least, that’s the gist of some of the reports I’ve been receiving.

Bust or not, waterfowl hunters will have another opportunity to take part in the 2015 Wetland Habitat Survey. This Division of Wildlife questionnaire gathers basic information and comments from hunters and those who buy the stamp for whatever other reasons. This information is considered in setting future waterfowl hunting regulations. All one needs to do to take this survey is to provide a name and a Customer ID number that appears on any state hunting or fishing license.

Read more: Wetland Habitat Survey Announced

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