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.

Ice Out 2014

One of the first boats on the water at Lake St. Marys this year. Justin Bruns took home 17 keeper crappies at the end of this trip.

Ice Ridge

Even 20-inch thick ice will shift and create some open water with a little wind.

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 have been having making some excellent catches. Limits of fish running from 11 to 13 inches have been reported. A few 14 inch fish have also been taken. Fishermen are concentrating in deeper water areas and using small jigs. Dredged channels have been popular with fish suspending along the drop-offs.

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Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reported that crappies were being taken all around the lake. Long Island, Black Hawk, and the Preserve was producing a lot of nice fish before heavy rain slowed fishing. Keeper crappies were being taken outside pad stems and around docks and lifts. Jigs and straight plastic tails or split tails are being used.

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Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports nice crappies were being taken before the heavy rains especially at the east end of the lake. Limit catches including some 13 and 14 inch crappies have been reported. The deeper water areas around the Luthman bridge area and the 119 bridge are expected to produce fish as the water settles.

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Apr 22 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

So far this spring, area fishing has been phenomenal in spite of the fickle weather. There was concern that the harsh winter, thick ice, and prolonged snow cover would cause a major fish kill, but that didn’t materialize. As a result, the crappie fishing started off with a bang in all of the canal lakes, and Grand Lake St. Marys was no exception. Nice catches of keeper fish are showing up all over the lake, and many are running 11 inches and bigger. The Grand Lake Crappie Series tournament held on April 13 shows the size and consistency of this year’s fish. The winning ten-fish limit was over ten pounds. Second place was 9.7 pounds for ten fish. The most interesting statistic was that the next three places tied with each team weighing in 10-fish limits of 9.55 pounds. That means there are a lot of fish swimming around that are averaging close to a pound. In this part of the country, that’s exceptional crappie fishing. Even more, both Indian Lake and Lake Loramie are also producing numbers of crappies running 12-14 inches.

If there is a drawback, it’s that the fish are not necessarily biting all hours of the day. Fishermen are finding the morning and evening bite to be the best in many areas. Some of that success is based on the increased number of fishermen during these time periods. Likewise, at the right place, numbers of big fish are being day midday. Weather also plays a major role in fishing success during the spring season. Temperatures that fluctuate 45 degrees can quickly shut down fishing. The same can happen with heavy rains. Consequently, the snow and cold we had last Tuesday didn’t help put fish in the bucket. On the other hand, projected warm temperatures this weekend and no strong weather fronts should allow the fishing to improve.

Read more: Spring Fishing Opportunities
Apr 15 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

There are probably three times more turkey hunters in Ohio than there are waterfowl hunters. Turkey hunting is an exciting, time-consuming sport that continues to grow in popularity. All 88 counties have a huntable population, although our area isn’t considered the best in the state by any means. Consequently, I really don’t have a handle on how many local hunters will devote their resources to this upcoming 28-day turkey season. I would imagine that there are a few who will spend time trying to bag a gobbler from our resident birds. No doubt, they spend a lot of time in the field, know where the birds are, and have places to hunt. Those are minimum requirements for success in counties where birds and availability of private lands are at a premium.

Everyone knows that the best turkey country is in the eastern and southern parts of Ohio. There is also better hunting in some neighboring counties. Again, I don’t have a clue how many area hunters will head to places far and wide to go after turkeys. Some will head for public lands. These are tricky places to hunt since hunting pressure alone can affect the chances of success. It’s bad enough trying to outsmart a wild turkey while competing with other hunters.

Read more: Turkey Hunters Should Think Public


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