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    Grand Lake Crappie Winners
    Scott Burd & Jake Moyar took first in the May 20 Tourney. 8-fish limit was 9.41 pounds.
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    January Crappies at St. Marys
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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—09-04-17

    Grand Lake Bait & Tackle reports crappies are starting to transition as the water temperatures drop. According to reports, experienced fishermen are catching a lot of fish along the rocky shorelines picking up mostly crappies and an occasional keeper bluegill. The morning and even bites are producing more fish, but good fishermen who hunt fish . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—09-04-17

    Lakeside Pro Bass reports some bluegill and crappie fishing is still available but fish have to be hunted. Many fishermen are working the channels. The State Park, Blackhawk, and Moundwood, have been producing a few fish. Some fishermen are targeting docks. Adding wax worms is a preference and is more popular in waters that produce . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—09-04-17

    According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, the fishing is transitioning, and everyone is waiting for cooler temperatures. Die-hard fishermen at Lake Loramie are catching some panfish. Currently, crappies appear to be easier to catch than bluegills. Bluegills have to be hunted, but when found are decent size. Crappies are being caught at the bridges and . . read more

  • Pheasants to be Released

    Outdoors with Forda Birds— By John Andreoni According to the ODNR, well over 14,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 24 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state. Prior to the regular season opener, approximately 30% of these birds will be released the day before the two youth . . read more

  • October Picks for the Outdoorsman

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Driving around the countryside makes it obvious that it’s harvest time. Corn has been either cut or beginning to get picked, and the beans are starting to come off. Although much of our surrounding states are beginning to experience some drought, around here we had enough water midsummer to . . read more

  • Bow Season Preparation Underway

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The archery deer season opens in a week and most hunters are making final preparations if they haven’t already. For the most part, archery hunters have been getting ready for months, and the really serious bow hunter never stops. He’s probably thinking about bagging a trophy buck constantly, and . . read more

  • Early Hunting Seasons Open

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni It’s suddenly September and the Labor Day weekend, and my memory tells me I just finished writing about Memorial Day and the end of May. Time flies for everyone, but it picks up speed the older one gets. Since there isn’t much that can be done to slow things . . read more

  • Waterfowl Trends Remain Positive

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Last week I jumped through the hoops, was issued a lottery number, and waited to see if it would be called. I wasn’t taking a chance on winning Mega Millions or Powerball but was looking to get the opportunity to draw a duck blind site at Lake St. Marys. . . read more

  • All Boats Have Limitations

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’ve had a boat of some sort most of my life, and one thing I’ve learned is that none of them can do it all, especially when it comes to fishing. Of course, I’m old enough to remember renting a .50 cent-a- day wooden rowboat that served multiple purposes. . . read more

  • Transition Time Again for Sportsmen

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni When a sportsman lives in an area that has four seasons, there are bound to be transition times. Right now is one of them. Fishing is in the middle of a summer pattern where hot weather slows activity. At the same time, the calendar reminds hunters that the fall . . read more

  • Young Trap Shooters Do Well

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Over the years, this area has produced some of the finest competitive trap shooters in the nation. Most probably, these shooters came from shooting families or had other specific ties to the sport. Either way, busting clay targets has never been an activity that has grown or sustained itself . . read more

  • Carp Herpesvirus Isn’t a Solution

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni A few weeks ago, a number of larger dead carp started washing up on the beaches of Grand Lake St. Marys. No one knows for sure how many, but one fisherman I talked to counted 81 on the east beach located on the north east corner of the lake. . . read more

  • Is Waterfowl Hunting in Trouble?

    Outdoors With Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I took some time with my son over the holiday weekend and tried out the new Little Chickasaw boat ramp. It’s a great addition to the lake, and although it hasn’t been used much yet, I’m sure it will gain in popularity as the fall fishing and hunting seasons . . read more

  • Enjoy a Safe Holiday Weekend

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni According to a member survey by BoatUS, the 2017 July 4th holiday should be the busiest time of the entire boating season for the nation’s boaters. According to the survey, 88 percent of the respondents were likely to go boating during the July 4th holiday period and 36% were . . read more

  • Not Everybody Totally Hates Carp

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’ve got a number of mulberry trees growing on my property, and on occasion, I might pick a few of the ripest berries and eat one or two. It’s not that I care for them that much, but 65 years ago, give or take, I ate a lot of . . read more

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