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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

John Hageman

Ohio State Trappers Association hosts a pair of fur auctions

In what was predicted to be a weak fur market, the Ohio State Trappers Association held a pair of fur auctions this winter instead of the three events that the organization hosted in recent years.
In Bucyrus on Jan. 13, an ice storm limited attendance, yet 1,320 pelts exchanged hands. As expected, beaver was the star of the show.

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Total allowable catch set for Ohio’s Lake Erie walleyes, perch

On March 22, the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, composed of representatives from Ontario, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania, announced the walleye and yellow perch quotas for 2024. The meetings were held this year in Bay City, Michigan.

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Great Lakes agencies sign collaboration agreement

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC), made up of leaders from the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces on the Great Lakes, has worked since its inception in 1955 to protect the lakes. On March 6, following its semiannual meeting chaired by Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio DNR, the GLC and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) and International Joint Commission (IJC) signed the first-ever memorandum of understanding (MOU) between them.

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Ohio’s river walleye spawning runs approaching peak

As spring progresses with somewhat cooler temperatures and lower precipitation amounts, the Sandusky and Maumee rivers in Ohio were at near normal levels, but stained, heading into April. Expected rain the first few days of April could raise water levels and prompt more walleyes to advance upstream.
In the Sandusky River, during the second half of March, some limit catches were made in the Walsh/Young parks section and slightly upstream at the cliffs area while the water temperatures ran 43 to 48 degrees.

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Charter captains updated on Lake Erie walleyes, other topics at Ohio Sea Grant hosts 43rd annual conference

With an agenda similar to other years in the 43-year series, the 2024 Ohio Sea Grant Charter Captains Conference gave updates to those in attendance on March 2.
The 2023 Lake Erie fishing summary and 2024 forecast is always highly anticipated, which the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie Sandusky Fisheries Research Station Supervisor Eric Weimer provided.

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Bite during Ohio’s walleye run fluctuating right now

With the mild winter Ohio is experiencing, there have been fishermen trying their luck for walleyes in the Sandusky and Maumee Rivers since early February. Although some fish were taken early in the low, clear rivers, the spawning runs do not truly develop until mid-March on either of these large Lake Erie tributaries.
Whenever the river temperatures rose, some fish present in both rivers were caught in modest numbers.

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Brining and smoking warm-water fish species makes for a delicious treat

By now, there has been plenty of time to amass many packages of fish fillets into the freezer. Between walleyes, white bass, crappies, or various catfish species, there has been many months to get out and fish during pleasant weather.
If not, there is still plenty of time left in the year to gather some “whatever are biting” species of fish and put them to good use.

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Highly-anticipated walleye river runs are fast approaching in Ohio

Even as cold evening temperatures maintain skim ice across the surface water, inside quiet marinas and boat ramps remain slick along Lake Erie’s shoreline, and rivers that receive slugs of moving water from warmer upstream rainfall run freely earlier.
In March, the Maumee and Sandusky rivers provide wading and shoreline anglers some of the earliest opportunities each spring for anglers to cast for walleyes.

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Deer population concerns rising on Ohio’s South Bass Island in Lake Erie

In 1999, the first white-tailed deer in some time arrived on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The young doe was so tame that she would approach people and follow vehicles during daylight hours.
When Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Mayor John Blatt held a naming contest, she was dubbed “Millie” – short for Millennium, the milestone event that was on the mind of many that year.

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