• Grand Lake Crappie Winners
    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 Crappie
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    Loramie Keeper
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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—06-29-17

    Grand Lake Bait & Tackle reports crappies are starting into their summer pattern. Although harder to catch, keeper fish are still showing up. Fishermen are having success along the rocky shorelines picking up both bluegills and crappies. Bluegills are mixed sizes, but some keeper fish are being taken. The morning and evening bites are producing . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—07-29-17

    Lakeside Pro Bass reports some bluegill fishing is available but fish have to be hunted. Many fishermen are working the channels. Black Hawk and the campgrounds have been producing and once found, some large catches have been reported. The Game Reserve is always worth checking for bluegills. Adding wax worms to small jigs is a . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—07-29-17

    According to Spillway Bait & Tackle, crappie fishing has slowed down as the transition into the summer conditions begins. Crappies are running 9 to 13 inches with an occasional 14 incher showing up. The last hour before dark has been productive. Bluegills are still biting with sizes being mixed. Once found, some nice fish are . . 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

  • Fake News and Alternative Facts

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni A popular claim today is that the media is filled with “fake” news and “alternative” facts. You can’t trust anything you see, hear, or read anymore, and that’s alarming…if it’s true. Having come from the days of Walter Cronkite, I still tend to trust the major news sources to . . read more

  • More Outdoorsmen Go High Tech

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’m starting to feel like I’ve been around the outdoors for ages. Back in the day when I was growing up, a high- tech fisherman was one who owned two rods and reels. My dad, as frugal as he was, impressed me by purchasing a barometer to help with . . read more

  • Flatheads Can Be Tackle Busters

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The 3rd Annual Big Catfish Tournament on Lake St. Marys will be held on June 15 starting at noon and ending on June 18 at noon. As advertised, it’s a big fish tournament meaning that luck becomes a slightly bigger influence than skill. The really good catfishermen know how . . read more

  • Memorial Day Signals Summer

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Almost everyone knows that Memorial Day is a national holiday set aside to honor those who have given their lives for their country. My parents always called it Decoration Day which is what it was known when first established right after the Civil War. I always thought they learned . . read more

  • “Get the Carp Outa Here”

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni There was a time when there were no common carp in the country, but in the early 1870s, J. A. Poppe of Sonoma, California, imported five specimens from Germany and propagated them in private ponds for commercial purposes, and the rest is history. Poppe created a flourishing market with . . read more

  • Turkey Harvest Up Significantly

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the 2017 opening day turkey harvest was significantly greater than 2016. Across the state, during the youth hunt that took place on the weekend before the regular opening day, 1895 birds were bagged which was over a 20% increase from last year. . . read more

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