Lake Columns

  • 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

  • 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

  • Low Water Issues at Lake St. Marys

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The water in Lake St. Marys is low, at least it looks that way. It also feels low if and when you happen to bounce an outboard motor off a piece of underwater obstruction. Low water is a perception. If it affects you negatively, it’s low. If you are . . read more

  • LAKE ST. MARYS OFFERS PRIME FALL FISHING

    Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni I drove by the lake this morning, and looking from the East Bank was a Hallmark moment. This big body of water we swear by and swear at was absolutely gorgeous. The light was right, the skies were clear, and the water looked blue, a good blue. . . read more

  • LAKE CONDITIONS GOOD AS SUMMER BOATING SEASON ENDS

    September 3, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni It just seems like yesterday that I announced the opening of the 2011 summer boating season. When I did, I was filled with concern. The lake disaster of 2010 was still on my mind and the minds of countless others. The concern wasn’t just . . read more

  • LIVE LAKE DATA HAS MERIT

    July 23, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni I’m one of those people who enjoy watching the weather channels on television. Charts, graphs, and weather radar interest me and probably drive my wife off the deep end. Many a time, I’ll find myself flipping channels just to watch a storm move or, . . read more

  • JULY 4TH BOAT TRIP WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE

    July 9, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni As advertized, I put my boat in the water on July 4th to check on the lake and to see if there was any recreational usage. As I motored down the channel, I vividly recall the conditions of 2010. Although the water was a . . read more

  • IT’S A BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    July 2, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni It’s hard to believe that 2011 is half over. The first six months seem like a blur. Now, once more, we’re at the beginning of what’s supposed to be the biggest summer holiday weekend of the year. Also, it’s National Parks and Recreation month . . read more

  • MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FILLED WITH OPTIMISM

    May 28, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds —- By John Andreoni Memorial Day is considered by many to be the unofficial opening of the summer season, and a successful 2011 at Grand Lake St. Marys seems to be marked with optimism. The lake has been trashed the last couple of years by a series of . . read more

  • THE LAKE GOES GREEN

    May 21, 2011 Outdoors with Forda Birds — By John Andreoni I fished a catfish tournament last weekend and did poorly, but that’s another story. However, one of the interesting things I saw, or thought I saw while on the water, was a tinge of green. I hoped I was wrong, but on Sunday and . . read more