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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 Crappie
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    A Perch Selfie
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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—05-26-17

    Crappies are spawning or have spawned, water depth is normal or above, and crappies being caught are in shallow. Some fish are starting to show up along the rocks. Crappies need to be located, but when found, good fishermen are catching big fish. The lake is still dealing with rapid weather changes that can turn . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—05-26-17

    According to Lakeside Pro Bass, fishing is excellent. However, changeable weather patterns and heavy rain can affect fishing quickly. The crappies are spawning or have spawned and moved out. Some fish are still being caught but have to be hunted. Bluegill fishing is great with numbers of nine inch fish showing up. Finding spawning fish . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—05-26-17

    Crappie fishing has been excellent this spring and good numbers of 10 and 11 inch crappies are being taken. Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that roughly two out of three crappies being caught are keepers. When located, some bragging size crappies over 14 inches are being caught. During a recent crappie tournament, several boats reported . . 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

  • How to Win Big on GLSM

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni One of the biggest fishing tournaments to hit Grand Lake St. Marys in 2017 is the Crappie USA Super Event with $10,000 guaranteed plus prizes. The success of the 2016 event plus the phenomenal crappie fishing over the last few years make this 13,000 acre canal lake a premier . . read more

  • Turkey Hunters Prepare for Spring Season

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni In my outdoor world, when spring rolls around, the focus is on fishing. I’m either on the water or around the water checking with fishermen or even wetting a line when the mood strikes. At the same time, an estimated 65,000 Ohio hunters are preparing for the opening day . . read more

  • The Bite is On…Off…On

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Spring fishing might have had an official opening on March 20, but because of a mild winter, it has been going on since the beginning of the year. Lake Loramie has been producing more and more keeper crappies so far in 2017, and the bank fishermen at Indian Lake . . read more

  • How to Cheat Legally

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni There are thousands of fishing tournaments around the country, some big, some small. There are also thousands of fishermen who participate in these contests hoping to win the big prize. Even more are the thousands of “wanna-be” tournament fishermen who see the potential for easy profit and glory instead . . 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

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