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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—04-20-17

    Spring fishing is here, water depth is normal or above, and fish are 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. Since . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—04-20-17

    According to Lakeside Pro Bass, fishing is excellent. However, changeable weather patterns can affect fishing quickly. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching nice crappies along with more and more bluegills as the season progresses. According to some fishermen, catching bluegills this early in the season is highly unusual. Some good . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—04-20-17

    The anticipated appearance of larger crappies last fall along with the usual stable bluegill population had fishermen excited. The fishing has continued to pick up 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. . . 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

  • 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

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