Fall Crappie Time

The fall crappies are starting to move in at all of the canal lakes. Fishing should improve with cooler weather.

june high water

June high water calls for some adjustments in fishing tactics.

bluegills biting

Bluegills are biting at Indian Lake, Lake Loramie, and Lake St. Marys. An 11 inch bluegill was weighed in at Indian that weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces. Bluegills are mixed sizes, but big ones are available if you hunt for them.

Big Poles for Big Cats

A great day for catfishing. Fishermen rig heavy for big cats.

cottonwood time

Cottonwood seeds can be an aggravation to fishermen, but not if the fish are biting.

Big Channel

Six-fish winning weight for the April Catmaster tournament at St. Marys was 61.95 pounds. Big channel cat weighed in at 20.30 pounds.

St. Marys Crappies

Local angler Tony Aldora shows a couple of the Lake St. Marys crappies caught by him and Dan Dawson.

record catch

Doug Wehrley and Dean Smith caught this Catmaster tournament record at Lake St. Marys in 2013 with a 6-fish limit of over 65 pounds.

Grand Lake St. Marys Report

Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reports that the crappie fishing started picking up last week. The fish have to be hunted, but some good keepers are being taken. Fishermen are using jigs and plastic tails. Wax worms and spikes are commonly added to the combination. Bluegill fishing is decent. Small spider jigs and wax worms are popular.


Lake Loramie Report

According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, fishermen are looking for and finding some panfish. The water around the 119 Bridge and the Luthman Bridge is a steady producer. Bluegill fishing continues to be good. Fishing pressure has been steady. Fishermen are using small jigs tipped with plastic tails for both bluegills and crappies.


Oct 04 2015

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

We don’t have to be rocket scientists to know that the future of hunting and the shooting sports depends on our youth. Without the recruitment and retention of young people to replace the older crowd, these activities will eventually be found as a footnote in a history book somewhere. Talk is cheap and young people don’t respond very well to preaching. They need to become involved and approached through outdoor education, training, and special events geared toward a generation that thrives on organized recreation and high technology for thrills and chills. It’s an obvious challenge and a hard nut to crack, but conservation related organizations in the area are making an effort.

Clay target shooting has been an activity enjoyed by just about anyone who ever picked up a shotgun. For some, it was just recreational and/or used to develop a skill set necessary for a successful hunt. Others developed a desire to shoot competitively. Regardless, unless there was a shooter in the family, many young people never got the chance to experience the sport. Today, youngsters are lucky. For example, the Auglaize Chapter of Pheasants Forever in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife and the Moulton Gun Club will be conducting a free trap shooting clinic for 4th through 12th graders on Sunday, October 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Moulton Gun Club. It’s a how-to clinic that includes gun safety and etiquette along with live firing on the trap line. Last year was the first for the program, and from it, 15 shooters became involved and continued to shoot as part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program which is a division of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. Interested shooters and parents should contact Dave Spradlin at 419-230-7395 for more information.

Another shooting opportunity offered by the local Pheasants Forever group, in cooperation with the New Bremen Rod and Gun Club, is a Youth Slug Shoot. This activity is designed to give youth deer hunters a chance to familiarize themselves with their slug guns and sight them in. Pheasants Forever came up with the idea when they noticed that some of the young hunters who took part in a sponsored deer hunt were not shooting very well. They determined that “buck fever” wasn’t as much of a problem as some young hunters firing their guns for the first time during the hunt. Becoming, at least, an adequate shot is part of being a good hunter, and the necessary preparation and practice should be a requirement rather than an afterthought. The Slug Shoot will be held on November 14, the week before the special two-day youth deer season. It will start at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the New Bremen Gun Club located in New Bremen, east on St. Route 274.

Read more: Local Pheasants Forever Chapter Focuses on Youth
Sep 28 2015

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

September 26 is a very special day. It’s Johnny Appleseed Day, International Rabbit Day, National Pancake Day, National Prescription Take Back Day, National Better Breakfast Day, National Seat Check Day, Shamu the Whale Day, and the list goes on. Some of these days got their start with the backing of various organizations, political subdivisions, and politicians. Most days are designed to promote agendas with various degrees of importance, and some are just invented for the heck of it. For example, September 27, among other things, is Crush a Can Day, and September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day. They both have a purpose, but I’m not so sure what that purpose happens to be or how much merit they have.

September 26 is also National Hunting and Fishing Day. Its origin started as a day of thanks to sportsmen for all they’ve done to promote conservation through license fees, excise taxes, and donations. Ira Joffe, a Pennsylvania gun shop owner, gets credit for the suggestion, and Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer for additional action by creating “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day in the state. The National Shooting Sports Foundation picked up the torch and bombarded national officials, and soon the idea wound up on the floor of the U.S. Senate as a resolution authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. An identical measure was introduced in the House, and in early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills. There must have been a lot of merit for the establishment of this day, or the unanimous vote by all senators and representatives would never have happened. Things don’t move that smoothly in Washington politics, especially today.

National Hunting and Fishing Day draws public attention to the millions of hunters and fishermen across the country and recognizes their involvement, either directly or indirectly, in the conservation and management of all fish and wildlife species. It reminds people that not too long ago, fish and wildlife were under heavy pressure because of marketing and lack of restrictions. Sportsmen saw the problems, voiced concerns, organized, and brought about positive change. Sportsmen learned that with proper management, fish and wildlife could be restored. For the most part, they funded the concept and paid a disproportionate share of the cost. Finally, without hunting and fishing and the funds they generate, the nation’s fish and wildlife would revert back to the days when there was little or no control of the resource. Ultimately, sport fishing and hunting would suffer and wind up being relegated to a page in a history book.

Read more: National Hunting and Fishing Day

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