Chasing Cats in the fast waters of a rainy spring (and other fish news)

Ohio’s unusually rainy April is keeping many anglers – but not
all – away from their favorite haunts.

The state’s reservoirs are running high and muddy and the Ohio
River is “roiling” as a result of daily downpours, said Scott Hale,
inland fisheries administrator for the ODNR Division of

That’s impacting not only anglers’ abilities to get to their
favorite fishing spot, but also the likelihood of success once they
get there.

However, those who persevere may find opportunities abundant for
channel catfish near the headwaters of those muddy reservoirs. Hale
said it’s been a not-so-well-kept secret among veteran anglers for
years that fast-moving water seems to stirs the interest of channel
cats in these areas. A piece of cut bait can yield amazing results,
he added.

The rainy spring has not affected production in the state’s fish
hatcheries. Hale said cool temperatures slowed the hatch for yellow
perch, walleye and saugeye in the St. Marys, Hebron and Senecaville
facilities. But overall, production is much better than last year
when unseasonably warm temperatures dried up food sources for the
maturing fry.

Doug Sweet, supervisor of the London State Fish Hatchery, said
all state hatcheries are on schedule to meet their production goals
for 2011. London is currently incubating 26 quarts of muskie eggs
in anticipation of a hatch by May 1.

London also has a few fall-catchable rainbow trout remaining in
facility ponds and plenty of brown trout, Sweet said.


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