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Ohio Fishing Structure: Where the Habitat Is

The Pymatuning Reservoir, a man made lake in O...
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Andover, OH- Many things have changed in Ohio since the early 1900’s. Ohio’s deer herd has gone from scarce to world class, and the bald eagle, once on the edge of extinction, has rebounded dramatically. But, for most of Ohio’s lakes, the past century has not been so kind. Most of the natural habitat in Ohio’s reservoirs has disappeared due to natural causes. Fish naturally relate with habitat, and anglers typically key in on these spots, but what happens when the habitat disappears?

Thanks to the Ohio Division of Wildlife and numerous other state agencies and conservation clubs, anglers who fish Pymatuning have another hot spot to try out.  This past week, these groups collaborated on their annual structure placement project on Ohio’s largest inland lake. “The Short Plank Vertical Structures are ideal for shallow water that lacks natural habitat, while the rock reefs can be used at a variety of depths,” says Matt Wolfe, Fisheries Biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, who oversees this project. “Both structure types are ideal for the fisheries that are available in Pymatuning,” added Wolfe.

The Plank Structures can be found from N 41o 39’ 58.9” / W 80o 29’ 57.9” to N 41o 40’ 2.4” / W 80o 29’ 59.7” to N 41o 40’ 3.6” / W 80o 29’ 52.9”  in about 6 – 7 feet of water. The rock reefs can be found at N 41o 32’ 12.9” / W 80o 30’ 45.5” in about 6 feet of water and at N 41o 32’ 1.3” / W 80o 30’ 49.0” in about eleven feet of water. The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures.

The goal of this project is to introduce 500 structures into the waters of Northeastern Ohio annually. With limited funding available, none of this would be possible without the help of local organizations who have contributed to this effort. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat CommissionOhio State Parks,Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Pymatuning Lake Association partnered up with the Division of Wildlife on this particular project in its attempt to recruit the next generation of anglers and retain the anglers who already enjoy the sport of fishing.

View video slideshow of structure placements

View a Pymatuning Lake fishing map

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Peregrine Falcon Chicks at Cleveland's Terminal Tower

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CLEVELAND,OH – Wildlife biologists from the ODNR Division of Wildlife will be examining peregrine falcon chicks and placing identifying metal bands on their legs on Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. A total of three chicks began hatching on April 25th. The falcon parents are Ranger (male) and S/W (female).

There are currently 34 territorial sites of peregrine falcon pairs being monitored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, 19 of which are in northeast Ohio. A total of 19 pairs are actively nesting throughout the state. Specifically in the Cleveland area, biologists are monitoring 11 sites, of which nine are currently incubating or have hatched chicks.

These banding events not only allow wildlife experts to examine the chicks but also to obtain blood samples for DNA fingerprinting. The leg bands act like a social security number, providing very valuable information. The ability to identify each bird helps keep the Division of Wildlife as well as the public informed about their history, movement, and migration routes.

To watch the banding take place, go to www.falconcam-cmnh.org The “Falconcam” is managed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to provide educational and research opportunities for falcon enthusiasts around the world.

Because of nesting success in Ohio and across the nation, the peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999; it is listed as threatened in Ohio, downgraded from state endangered in 2008.

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