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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—04-25-18

    Spring is slow getting here, water depth is above normal, and fish are generally cooperating. Crappies need to be located, but when found, good fishermen are catching big fish. The lake is settling into a typical early spring fishing scenario where rapid weather fronts can turn fishing off or on in a matter of hours. . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—04-25-18

    According to Lakeside Pro Bass, fishing is turning on. However, changeable weather patterns can affect fishing quickly. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching nice crappies. Some good catches of crappies running 10-12 inches are being taken off the top of pad beds. As the pads start breaking the surface, work . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—04-25-18

    A good ratio of keeper crappies along with the usual stable bluegill population has fishermen excited. Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that high water has the west end of the lake muddy, but the east end is producing crappies as the water clears. Roughly two out of three crappies being caught are keepers. When located, . . read more

  • Three-Day Catfish Tourney Calls for Different Tactics

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—by John Andreoni Chasing catfish is one of my favorite outdoor sports. Like many area fisherman, I fished for them all of my life catching my first bullhead when I was three. By age five, I could take them off the hook, and shortly after that I could prepare them for the . . read more

  • Summer is Unofficially Here

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—by John Andreoni Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It’s not a day designated to thank veterans for their service, unless you do that every day. Besides, it doesn’t really make any difference because both . . read more

  • Annual Carp Derby Returns

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Most fishing tournaments are focused around catching and releasing various species of sport fish. Limits are set, rules are establish to protect the resource, and winners usually claim a prize based on weight. Around here, tournament fishermen are going after bass, crappies, or catfish. Expand the area and walleye . . read more

  • Boaters Need to Focus on Safety

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni It stands to reason that the closer we get to the prime boating season, the greater the potential for boating accidents. It’s also safe to say that the majority of boating accidents that occur never should have happened. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is the leading contributor . . read more

  • May Brings More than Showers to Outdoorsmen

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni There’s a lot going on in May for the serious outdoorsman and for families and individuals who just like being outside. First, it’s prime time for the spring fishing season. The weather is starting to settle down, fishing is more consistent, and all species seem to be cooperating and . . read more

  • Crappie U.S.A. Tourney Returns

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The lakes were free of ice early this year, and open water brought out the crappie fishermen. All of the Canal Lakes have been producing fish, and right now St. Marys seems to be at the top of the list. Limit catches have been common, and the keeper ratio . . read more

  • Time to Revive the Saugeye Issue

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I was driving back from Columbus the other day and decided to check on the fishing activity at Indian Lake. As expected, bank fishermen were found in good numbers along the south shore trying to catch saugeye. Even more could be found below the spillway taking advantage of the . . read more

  • Turkey Hunters Get Ready

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The spring turkey season opens in a couple of weeks and the serious turkey hunters already have hunting plans in place. They know where birds are located and have a place or places to hunt. The only things that stand in their way of filling a tag are their . . read more

  • Off-the-Wall Crappie Fishing

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Since the ice left in February, I’ve seen enough nice crappies being caught to make me think we could have another banner year. Of course, when I say banner year, I usually intend it to mean that a few good fishermen will catch most of the fish, and those . . read more

  • Learning to be a Good Fisherman

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The crappie fishing has been especially impressive at Lake St. Marys, and I imagine that the other Canal Lakes are also producing fish. One thing for sure is that the majority of the fish are being caught by experienced fishermen who know their sport and spend a lot of . . read more

  • It Pays to be Proactive

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’m looking at the calendar and notice immediately that in less than two weeks, February 2018 will be history. Of course, we still have a number of days until the official arrival of spring, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s time to be proactive and start preparing for . . read more

  • 2018-19 Deer Regulations Proposed

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Deer hunting is probably the most popular hunting sport in Ohio, and the same applies to most of the other states with a viable deer population. The skill level of Ohio deer hunters has risen over the years since the percentage of deer hunters who hunt with a bow . . read more

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