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

Lake Loramie Bluegills

Mike Deiters of Minster holds some Lake Loramie bluegills. The males are working the nests.

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 continues to pick up. Cooler temperatures are having a positive effect on the crappie fishing. Some large crappies are being taken by bank fishermen, but they have to be hunted. Docks are popular structure. Fishermen are fishing deeper and working jigs slower. Don’t ignore fishing toward the middle of channels.


Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reported that fall fishing has turned on and is in full swing. Bluegill fishing has been excellent. Once located, numerous seven to nine inch fish are showing up.  Small jigs tipped with wax worms are the baits of choice. Crappies have also been doing well and limit catches have been reported.


Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that nice catches of bluegills are being taken. Catches over 50 have been reported. Seven and eight inch fish are not unusual. Small jigs and plastic tails are popular. Most fishermen tip their hooks with wax worms. Crappie fishing is starting to pick up. More and more keepers are being taken.


Oct 31 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

In 5 days, give or take, voters will be heading to the polls to do their civil duty…well, some of them. In the last presidential election, roughly three out of four registered voters in Auglaize County cast a ballot. Really, that’s not bad. In this mid-term election, the turn-out should be lighter on Election Day if long-term statistics are right. On the other hand, there is early voting for those who either can’t or don’t want to go to the polls. One would think that might increase voter numbers.

The media is really trying to build interest as they discuss red and blue states, close senate races, and the like. Some media pundits say it would be good if both houses of congress were controlled by the same party. They would get more done. Other media experts disagree. Most voters are skeptical and don’t think congress accomplishes much regardless of the conditions. Of course, there are legislators who would argue the point. I think some pollsters have the congressional approval rating below 10%. Root canals have a higher rating than that.

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Oct 24 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

The 45th annual Walk with Nature was held last Sunday. Instead of joining the walk, I decided to beat the rush and take the 6.5 mile walk a couple of days early. I don’t know how many times I’ve hiked out to the 40-Acre Pond and back over the years, but it has to be in the hundreds. I probably did it the first time with my dad more than 65 years ago, and by the time I was 10 or 11, my friends and I roamed it frequently. One observation I can honestly report is that in all of those jaunts there wasn’t a time that I didn’t see something new.

I started walking from the parking lot just off High Street in St. Marys and was immediately impressed with the new park area. There isn’t a city around that wouldn’t want to showcase a spot like that. That impression was immediately squashed as I watched a large excavator rip down sections of the old power plant. Once removed, it will be interesting to see how that piece of property is developed. The train trestle was still standing where I had left it, and my first thought was the times we shot clay targets thrown from it. A buddy would sling the birds down the canal and we would shoot at them from the towpath. We learned to wing shoot that way. Unfortunately, all of our targets only went right to left. I think the city fathers wouldn’t approve of the activity today.

Read more: 45th Annual Walk with Nature

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