• January Crappies at St. Marys
    January Crappies at St. Marys
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    St. Marys Crappie
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    Loramie Keeper
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    A Perch Selfie
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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—01-23-17

    Fishermen are still in a transition period and facing unusual weather. Heavy rains hit the area the middle of January and the low-water problems at St. Marys were eliminated in a matter of days. Water came up more than 7 inches in three days, and by January 20, some water was going over the West . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—01-23-17

    Open water in January has fishermen scrambling. Expecting to be on the ice until early March, fishermen were greeted with open water including the channels. Warm temperatures even brought out the fair-weather fishermen, which is highly unusual during the third week in January. Fishermen were looking for fish and according to reports were catching some . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—01-23-17

    Fishermen at Lake Loramie are hoping for safe ice to return. Ice fishing is extremely popular at Loramie and the anticipated appearance of larger crappies last fall has fishermen excited along with the usual stable bluegill population. Unexpected warm weather in January opened the lake entirely, and after the heavy rains, the lake was extremely . . 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

  • Dam Safety Calls for Tree Removal

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni It appears that large numbers of trees will soon be removed at Lake St. Marys along the east and west banks. This action is part of a policy to address safety issues that have surfaced or are anticipated from the many public and private earthen dams across the state. . . read more

  • Don’t Put These Under The Christmas Tree

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni It’s December and outdoorsmen are enjoying some of the most popular activities of the season. The deer gun season wraps up this weekend, and hunters who are still looking to fill a tag will have another chance on December 17 and 18. From what I’ve heard, area waterfowl hunters . . read more

  • Hunters Ready for Deer Gun Season

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The biggest opening day of the 2016-17 hunting season is just hours away, and when shooting time finally rolls around, a majority of Ohio’s gun hunters will be in the field waiting for the sun to come up. Some will be in tree stands, a few in ground blinds, . . read more

  • DU’s Sportsmen’s Night Out

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The first segment of the 2016 split waterfowl season ends November 6, and other than the first few days when the local birds were uneducated, hunters had little to brag about. After that, birds were scarce, the weather was too nice, and either scenario would make a waterfowl hunter . . read more

  • Preserve Hunting Makes Sense

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni When the upland game opening day rolls around on November 4, I’m assuming there will be thousands of hunters around the state trying to bag a few rabbits, pheasants, or quail sometime that week end. Unfortunately, our area counties won’t have much hunting pressure unless something has drastically changed. . . read more

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