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 in full swing. Unexpected cold temperatures could affect the fishing but will probably have a greater effect on the fishermen. Large crappies are being taken by bank fishermen, but they have to be hunted. Docks are popular structure. Fishermen are hunting deeper water, fishing deeper, and working jigs slower.

Read more...

Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reports that fall fishing is excellent but the unexpected cold snap could negatively affect fishing. At the same time, rougher weather could decrease fishing pressure which can be a plus at times. Bluegill fishing has been excellent. Once located, numerous seven to nine inch fish are showing up.

Read more...

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 fishermen are doing well. More and more keepers are being taken.

Read more...

Nov 27 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s young hunters checked 6,453 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 22-23, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This season provided youth hunters with their first opportunity to pursue deer with specific straight-walled cartridge rifles and young hunters, taking advantage of these rifles, harvested 378 deer over the weekend.

The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2014 youth gun season were: Coshocton (282), Tuscarawas (220), Holmes (218), Knox (207), Guernsey (191), Muskingum (187), Licking (168), Ashtabula (167), Carroll (145) and Meigs (143). Coshocton was also the top county in 2013. Last year youth hunters checked 6,640 deer.

Read more: Ohio's Young Hunters Harvest more than 6,400 Deer during Youth Gun Season
Nov 23 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds--By John Andreoni

It looks like the weather pulled a fast one in this part of the country. Record cold temperatures, snow, wind, and ice seemed to be the words for the day. Although the weather gurus informed us that this unusual system was going to take place, they were easy to ignore. Sometimes, cutting through the hype isn’t worth the effort. Regardless, they made a good call and we got a taste of January.

One of the effects of this sustained cold snap was early ice. Not only were channels and shallow backwaters covered, but the main lakes were hit hard. I don’t recall Lake St. Marys ever being frozen this early in November. Of course, the waterfowl hunters are enjoying the irony of the whole situation. Last year, they were upset because the second part of the split season was late and early ice took them off the water for the remainder of the year. After complaining about the late dates, and rightly so, the season was adjusted earlier to avoid similar problems. Unfortunately, even that didn’t work, and lake hunters will be faced with the same problem in 2014 since the season reopened today. The weather is supposed to be moderating this weekend, but when hunters can even think about open water or busting ice is still up in the air.

Read more: Busy Time for Outdoorsmen


Outdoor Books

If you lived the Midwest outdoor experience, or know someone who has, Going Wild With Forda Birds is a must read.  John Andreoni uses 'wit and wisdom' to relay his experiences in the wilds of Ohio.

Great gifts for the 'hard to buy for' outdoors person. Click to order your copies today!