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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—03-06-17

    Spring fishing is here and running about four weeks ahead of schedule due to unusual weather to start the year. Heavy rains hit the area the middle of January and the low-water problems at St. Marys were eliminated in a matter of days. Along with the rain came open water, and near-record temperatures removed all . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—03-06-17

    Open water in January had fishermen scrambling. Warm temperatures even brought out the fair-weather fishermen, which is highly unusual this early in the season. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching some nice crappies along with a few bluegills. According to some fishermen, catching bluegills this early in the season is . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—03-06-17

    The anticipated appearance of larger crappies last fall along with the usual stable bluegill population had fishermen excited. Unexpected warm weather in January opened the lake entirely, and after the heavy rains, the lake was extremely muddy. As the lake settled, fishermen were forced to change tactics and hunt for fish at an unusual time . . read more

  • Catfish Get a Bad Rap

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni In an average year, area lakes are supposed to be free of ice by the Ides of March. With the crazy warm weather and open water we had in January and February one would have thought that would be the case in 2017. Unfortunately, an unexpected cold spell brought . . read more

  • Pheasants Forever Prepares for Banquet

    Outdoors with Forda Birds— By John Andreoni Someone asked a question on Facebook the other day that made me stop and think: “If you could hunt just one thing, what would it be?” Right out of the chute, I eliminated any type of big game. I never became too involved in chasing big animals and . . read more

  • March Came in Like a Lion

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni March is here and it came in like a lion, if wind is any indication. Supposedly, it will go out like a lamb, whatever that eventually means. Either way, this is the most unusual prelude to spring that I can remember. For all practical purposes, the canal lakes were . . read more

  • A Fascination with Boats

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni February is almost history, and I don’t remember any more unseasonable than this one. 20 days or more with above average temperatures made the month more March-like than anything else, and I can’t remember a continuous week of 60 degree weather in February during my life time. For what . . read more

  • The Groundhog Missed the Boat

    Outdoors with Forda Birds— By John Andreoni When Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow a couple of weeks ago, people started talking about six more weeks of winter. Mention of the dreaded Polar Vortex came up along with its accompanying bitter cold, wind, ice, and snow. Of course, none of that has taken place, . . read more

  • 2017-18 Deer Regulations Proposed

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni So far, 2017 has been about as unpredictable as a skinny guy in a buffet line. The lakes are ice-free, then they’re not. Fishermen are catching fish, then they’re not. One week Lake St. Marys is 15 inches below normal and the next it’s five inches above. The local . . read more

  • Tournament Plans for 2017

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni As long as I can remember, I anticipated Groundhog Day. I always hoped it would be dark and dreary causing Punxsutawney Phil to lose his shadow. By February 2, I normally expected to find myself fanny deep in snow, miserably cold, and dealing with cabin fever. Any hope that . . read more

  • In and Around the Lake

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’m sure there are times when a quick immersion in cold water might have some benefit, but for the most part that’s not the case. As far as sportsmen are concerned, accidentally taking a dip in any water below 70 degrees is to be avoided, and the colder it . . read more

  • Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni A few weeks ago, Lake St. Marys’ was ice covered and the water was low. Both conditions had those who use the lake, especially fishermen, crying the blues. A combination of heavy ice, potentially heavy snow, and low water was a prescription for a catastrophic fish kill, and winter . . read more

  • Hunting Seasons Wind Down; New Seasons Proposed

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni So far, this has been a fast winter. It seems like the 2016-17 hunting seasons just started yesterday, and suddenly they’re winding down for another year. The muzzlerloader deer season ended a couple of days ago, and that finishes deer hunting for all practical purposes. Hunters checked 15,843 white-tailed . . read more

  • So Long, 2016

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I don’t know how often New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, but it should be about every six years, assuming leap years don’t come into play. Somewhere I saw that an identical calendar takes place every 28 years, but that might be a myth. If it’s true, save . . read more

  • Ice Provides Outdoor Options

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I don’t think many people enjoy ice as a steady diet, especially when it affects mobility. Fear of falling, fear of driving, fear of power outages, and more immediately take over when the ice season starts. Last weekend was treacherous enough for me to stay inside, and I’m sure . . read more

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