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

Crappie fishermen are still catching a few keepers both early and late, but the fishing is still influenced by warm temperatures. Main lake rocks are popular spots. Keeper fish are spread out and have to be hunted. Some fish are being taken by those who like to “shoot” pontoons. Trolling in deeper water is another option.

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Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reported that fishing continues to be spotty. Bluegills have to be hunted but when located, numerous six and seven inch fish are showing up.  Small jigs tipped with wax worms are the baits of choice. Crappies likewise have to be hunted. Morning and evening seem to produce better fishing.

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Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that fishing is in a summer pattern, but fishermen are still active. Fish have to be located. Small jigs with wax worms is the bait of choice.  A few keeper crappies are being taken but they are scattered. Larger fish, when located, are mixed in with the smaller ones. Some trolling is being done.

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Aug 24 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

Last Saturday I took part in the annual duck blind drawing at the Mercer County Wildlife Area. Taking part means that I stood in line for a bit, got fitted with a paper wristband marked with my lucky number, and then waited to see if I was fortunate enough to win one of the 68 blind sites being offered. By the way, I also needed certain credentials that included a valid hunting license, a state habitat stamp, last year’s federal waterfowl stamp, H.I.P. certification, and a cup of coffee. The coffee was my idea. Since I never bothered to get a federal stamp last year, and therefore never hunted for the first time in 60 years, I purchased a 2014 stamp. Consequently, I’m legal to go, and that’s unusual since I always wait until the last minute to get all of the required paperwork.

To make a long story short, I was one of 593 individuals registered to draw, and I don’t think my number ever came up. I’m not sure since I left a little early because the remaining 15 or 20 blinds really weren’t worth the effort, and I’m sure someone there would appreciate having one of them more than I would. It wasn’t a wasted trip, though. I got to visit with some people I don’t see that often and also listen to plans for the year and gripes about last year.

Read more: 2014-15 Waterfowl Seasons Announced
Aug 18 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

There was a lot of excitement last winter when fishermen started catching saugeye, and maybe a few walleye, through the ice at the mouth of Coldwater Creek. Some of the fish were huge, and limit catches were common. These fish weren’t native but were stocked on a put-grow-take basis from saugeye raised at the St. Marys hatchery, but there’s more to the story than that. The saugeye that were planted were special fish. Early in their development, the eggs were subjected to a process that made them sterile, unable to reproduce. This is called triploiding. Altering the eggs was necessary since regular saugeye couldn’t be stocked for fear some could find their way to a waterway connection to Lake Erie thus becoming an invasive species for Lake Erie waters.

Unfortunately, in spite of the excitement generated by the phenomenal saugeye fishing, stocking will not be continued, at least until some issues are addressed. Problem number one is the triploid process itself. During the process, eggs are subjected to pressure or heat which affects the chromosome structure preventing the fish from being able to cross with Lake Erie walleye. It also decreases the survival rate of the eggs. Also, there is no guarantee that all of the fish will be genetically altered which affects the number of fish available for stocking. According to Scott Hale, Inland Fisheries Program Administrator, Ohio Division of Wildlife, only two triploid saugeye per acre were released into Lake St. Marys in 2009 and 15 per acre in 2010. In order to reach a suggested rate of 100 fish per acre, more than half of all the eggs used for Ohio’s entire saugeye and walleye program would have to be devoted to triploiding. “That’s not going to happen,” said Hale.

Read more: Saugeye Stocking at Lake St.Marys Is Possible


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