COLUMBUS, OH – New fishing regulations are now in place at American Electric Power (AEP) ponds and reservoirs, including AEP ReCreation Lands, Conesville Coal Lands and Avondale Wildlife Area for the 2013-2014 license year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Daily bag limits are enforced at all AEP ponds and reservoirs. The regulations apply to black bass and sunfishes in more than 350 ponds and lakes among more than 80,000 acres of AEP lands available for public fishing, hunting, hiking and camping in Ohio. New regulations are intended to help sustain the high-quality largemouth bass and bluegill fishing known in these waters.
The new black bass regulation is a 14-20-inch slot length limit developed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife that increases anglers’ chances of catching trophy bass. Anglers may keep two fish under 14 inches and one fish 20 inches or larger, for three fish per day (largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, singly or in combination). However, anglers will not be allowed to keep any fish in the protected slot. This regulation applies to all AEP waters, and an angler’s daily limit will apply to all AEP lands collectively, and not just a particular pond or lake.
The new sunfish regulation is a 20-fish daily limit to ensure opportunities for a greater number of anglers to catch quality fish. This regulation will also apply to all AEP waters so an angler’s daily limit will apply to all AEP lands collectively, not just a particular pond or lake.
A permit is required to use AEP ponds and reservoirs. The permit is free and can be obtained from the AEP office in McConnelsville, AEP corporate offices, ODNR Division of Wildlife district offices, or any sporting goods and bait stores near the ReCreation areas.
New regulations were developed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife through review of data from fish surveys, creel surveys, consideration of management options, and extensive public input. More information can be found at wildohio.com in the 2013-2014 fishing regulations. Additional information about AEP lands is also available. An Ohio fishing license is required at all AEP ponds and reservoirs.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of “Free Fishing Days” on May 5-6 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license.
During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.
Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937, can obtain a free fishing license at any license vendor. Residents age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938, are eligible to obtain a reduced cost senior fishing license for $10. A one-day fishing license is also available for $11, an amount that later can be applied toward the cost of an annual fishing license. Fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle stores, outdoor outfitters, major department stores, as well aswildohio.com.
Ohio’s Free Fishing Days were established in 1993 to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is open to all Ohio residents and extends to all of Ohio’s public waters including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio. In late winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass, while anglers on the Ohio River enjoy excellent striped bass fishing.
The “Free Fishing Days” weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of fishing. For anyone taking a young angler, there’s nothing more rewarding than teaching a kid to fish. Here are some helpful tips:
- Keep it simple. Consider the child’s age and skill level. If this is their first time, shore fishing is recommended.
- Kids like to catch fish. The size of fish doesn’t matter to kids. But catching a fish—any fish—does. Choose a pond, lake or stream where they will easily be able to catch a few fish.
- Use simple tackle. A good rod and reel for kids costs between $15 and $30. A spin-cast reel is easy to use and, after a few practice casts, kids usually have mastered it.
- Bring along a camera. Children love to show off pictures of their “big catch.”
- Keep the trip fun and short. Let the child have a good time, even if it means taking a break. Take time out to enjoy the time together.
- Be patient. Plan on spending some time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures of big smiles and wiggling fish. When people concentrate all of their attention on their young angler, they will likely be developing a fishing buddy for a lifetime.
- Ohio 2012-2013 Hunting Regulations Approved (steelvalleyoutdoors.info)
There are two Fishing Derbys on June 4th in Northeast Ohio:
- Youth Fishing Derby: Lake Milton – June 4, 10:30 AM – 2 PM at the Meshel picnic area. For kids 15 & under. (330) 654-4989.
- Youth Fishing Derby: Quail Hollow – June 4, 9 AM – Noon at the Shady Lane pond. For kids 14 & under. (330) 877-6652.
For More Information, Check out the Calendar on the Explore the Outdoors Home page.
For more Ideas on Fishing with the Kids, Check out ODNR’s Fishing with the Kids Page.
COLUMBUS, OH – Public fishing opportunities will be enhanced this spring when more than 80,700 rainbow trout, each measuring 10 to 13 inches long, are released into 48 Ohio lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The releases will take place between mid-March and mid-May; anglers are reminded that the daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.
Some locations will feature special, youth-only angler events on the day of the scheduled releases. Anglers age 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish the state’s public waters. Once the youth-only events have concluded, all other anglers may fish.
The 2011-2012 fishing license can be purchased now and is required on March 1. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 and is valid through February 29, 2012. A one-day fishing license is available and may be purchased for $11 by residents or non-residents. The one-day license may also be redeemed for credit towards purchase of an annual fishing license.
Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 may obtain a free fishing license where licenses are sold. Persons age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938, and have resided in Ohio for the past six months, are eligible to purchase the reduced cost resident senior license for $10.
Additional information about spring trout releases is available by calling toll-free 1-800-WILDLIFE. Information is also available from Division of Wildlife district offices in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay, and Xenia.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.
|ANTRIM PARK LAKE||FRANKLIN||4/22/2011|
|ASHLEY UPGROUND||DELAWARE||5/7/2011 (youth only 10am – 1pm)|
|BARNESVILLE RES. #3||BELMONT||3/24/2011|
|BLUE LIME STONE PARK||DELAWARE||4/1/2011|
|CANAL FULTON (OH CANAL #4)||STARK||4/30/2011 (youth only 8am – 11am)|
|CENCI PARK POND||FAIRFIELD||4/9/2011 (youth only 10am – 11:30pm)|
|DELTA RESERVOIR #2||FULTON||3/31/2011|
|EAST HARBOR STATE PARK POND||OTTAWA||4/23/2011|
|EYMAN PARK PONDS||FAYETTE||4/30/2011 (youth only)|
|FOREST HILL POND||CUYAHOGA||4/1/2011|
|FORKED RUN STATE PARK LAKE||MEIGS||3/24/2011|
|JACKSON CITY RESERVOIR||JACKSON||4/23/2011|
|LITTLE TURTLE POND||SUMMIT||4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)|
|MILL CREEK LAKE||MAHONING||4/21/2011|
|MT. GILEAD STATE PARK LAKE||MORROW||4/8/2011|
|NEW LEXINGTON RESERVOIR||PERRY||3/11/2011|
|PEARSON METRO PARK||LUCAS||4/16/2011|
|PUNDERSON LAKE||GEAUGA||4/16/2011 (youth only 9am – Noon)|
|QUARRY PARK POND||MARION||3/25/2011|
|ROCKY FORK LAKE||HIGHLAND||4/2/2011 (youth only 1pm – 4pm)|
|RUSH RUN LAKE||PREBLE||3/25/2011|
|SHELBY RESERVOIR #3||RICHLAND||3/31/2011|
|SILVER CREEK LAKE||SUMMIT||4/15/2011|
|STONELICK LAKE||CLERMONT||3/26/2011 (youth only 11am – 3pm)|
|SUNBURY||DELAWARE||5/7/2011 (youth only 9am – 2pm)|
|SYCAMORE STATE PARK LAKE||MONTGOMERY||3/24/2011|
|TIMBER RIDGE LAKE||LAWRENCE||3/31/2011|
|TURKEY CREEK LAKE||SCIOTO||4/30/2011|
|VAN WERT RESERVOIR #1||VAN WERT||4/30/2011 (youth only)|
|WEST LAKE RECREATION CENTER||CUYAHOGA||4/1/2011|
|WHITE STAR QUARRY||SANDUSKY||4/23/2011|
|WOLF RUN STATE PARK LAKE||NOBLE||3/17/2011|
|YOCTANGEE PARK LAKE||ROSS||3/26/2011 (youth only)|
No Funny Title- Just the Facts.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohioans are reminded to use extreme caution during winter while venturing onto frozen waterways and to be prepared to handle an emergency should someone fall through the ice, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
As some of the lowest temperatures of the season arrive, some people may be tempted to venture out onto the ice and should be aware of basic safety tips, including being prepared for an emergency. ODNR offers these ice safety tips; additional tips can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com and through various other Internet web resources.
Ice Safety Tips:
- Always remember that ice-covered water is never completely safe.
- Anyone new to ice fishing, or interested in learning how to safely ice fish, should seek out a licensed ice-fishing guide. A list of certified guides is available at www.wildohio.com or by calling the ODNR Division of Wildlife, Sandusky office at (419) 625-8062. Ask at local bait shops about known areas of thin or dangerous ice.
- Always go out with friends, letting others know when you will be on the ice and when you will return. Whenever possible, wrap a mobile phone in a plastic bag and take it with you.
- Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or float coat. Life vests provide excellent flotation and protection from hypothermia.
- Use safe alternatives to local streams or lakes for skating or sledding. Check with your local, state or metro park district to see where conditions are suitable for skating. Some state parks, including Delaware State Park in Delaware County and Dillon State Park in Muskingum County, offer free access to designated ice-skating areas.
- Understand wind chill factors are relative temperature guides. Although a thermometer may read 40 degrees, a wind speed of 20 miles per hour can cause a body to lose heat as if the temperature was actually 18 degrees.
- Carry two ice picks, screwdrivers or large nails to create leverage for pulling yourself out of the water. They are much more effective than bare hands. Also, carry a whistle or other noisemaker to alert people that you are in distress.
- Dress in layers and add extra clothing for the head, neck, sides and groin, which are the primary heat-loss areas. Wool and modern synthetics are good fabric choices for clothing; cotton is slow to dry when wet.
- Keep an extra set of clothes in your car in case you need dry clothing.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages. In addition to reducing reaction times, alcohol lowers your internal temperature and increases your chance of suffering hypothermia.
- Never drive a vehicle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle onto ice. Leave this to professional guides. This is extremely dangerous and most insurance policies will not cover the vehicles of ice fishermen that have dropped through the ice.
The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers Ohio’s boating programs. The agency oversees watercraft registration and titling operations, provides funding to local communities for education, enforcement and boating access facilities, educates the public, and enforces boating laws on Ohio’s waterways. More information may be found online at www.ohiodnr/com/watercraft or by following the Division of Watercraft on Facebook or Twitter.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.
Well, I’m taking the night off to re-coup a little. And I know I’m actually a day ahead: I posted once one mornaing and meant to schedule the after work post, but posted it in the evening instead. And I’ve kept caught up, even though I haven’t really gotten any ideas saved up.
So Here’s an easy one: Get the Boat Out. Go to Lake Milton, Berlin, Mosquito, Pymatuning State Park, Portage LAkes, Guilford Lake or any of the other area Lakes. Take your water skis, yourfishing poles, a picnic and the family. Have fun.
And, yes, I know the fishing page is in dire need of a makeover. it was one of the first pages I ever did and it kinda just sits there, getting no visits. I’ll start building it. I promise
Harrisburg – The departments of Environmental Protection and Health, and the Fish and Boat Commission have lifted the “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from Pymatuning Reservoir and Tamarack Lake in Crawford County.
Fish tissue samples tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and Cornell University determined the large fish kills in both lakes were the result of a Columnaris outbreak. Columnaris is a naturally occurring bacterium that was triggered by several stressors, including rapidly warming waters during the spawning season.
The commonwealth’s Interagency Fish Consumption Advisory Technical Workgroup verified the findings.
DEP also tested water quality and fish tissue samples. The preliminary results show no contaminants of concern for persons who consume fish from the lakes or for downstream water supplies.
Harrisburg, May 28 – The departments of Environmental Protection and Health, and the Fish and Boat Commission today issued a “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from Tamarack Lake in Crawford County while officials investigate the cause of a large fish kill in the lake.
A “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory was issued for the neighboring Pymatuning Reservoir yesterday following a series of fish kills there.
Tamarack Lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages Pymatuning State Park and has announced that the park is open and there are no fishing, swimming or boating restrictions in place during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Water samples are being analyzed at the DEP laboratory in Harrisburg, and fish samples are being tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and at Cornell University.
The “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory will remain in place until investigators complete their analysis of fish tissue samples.