For the second consecutive year, Ohio’s numbers point to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, and the yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average.
Ohio DNR Reports
That was one of the proposals received by the Ohio Wildlife Council for 2020.
Ohio hunters checked 8,867 wild turkeys during the first week of the wild turkey hunting season in the south zone, April 22-28. That’s down from 10,436 in 2018.
Harvest down by more than 500 birds from last year.
In addition, the council approved to increase the bag limit for walleye in Lake Erie and the Maumee River in March 2020.
Walleye angler harvest rates set records in 2018, and numerous large hatches point to a bright future.
Hunters checked 172,040 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2018-2019 deer seasons, down from 186,247 a year ago.
In probably the most notable proposal to the Ohio Wildlife Council, when the total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish, the bag would go from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River.
Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8. That’s up from 13,268 the previous year.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s results from the 2018 survey indicate that young-of-the-year walleye catch rates were the highest recorded in the past 20 years of the central basin trawl survey.
Ohio’s hunters checked 9,625 white-tailed deer; last year, the harvest was 14,115.
Amid challenging weather, hunters in Ohio checked 60,557 white-tailed deer during the 2018 weeklong deer-gun season. Last year, hunters checked 72,814 deer over the same period.
This year’s first day sees 13,614 deer harvested, compared to 22,366 last year.
Data: 90 percent of Ohioans walk or hike a trail a few times a year and approximately a third walk or hike a trail monthly.
(Windigo Images)COLUMBUS, Ohio — Approximately 1,600 acres of quality deer hunting land will be available to archers as part of controlled hunts at Buck Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Findley, Malabar Farm and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio DNR. Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. Deer harvested in these controlled…
The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average.
The newly-established Disease Surveillance Area includes the areas within a 6-mile radius from the CWD positive samples.
Removing crappie bag and slot limits on specific lakes also proposed, also to provide more opportunities for anglers.
Part of continuing efforts to remove invasive grass carp, assess grass carp capture techniques and increase information on grass carp populations in the two rivers.
That’s up more than 1,500 birds from last year.
White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to antlerless harvest on public land following the weeklong deer gun season.
Ohio hunters checked 10,415 wild turkeys during the first week of the wild turkey hunting season, up from 10,293 in 2017.
(Photo by Bob Drieslein)Ohio hunters in the south zone checked 3,315 wild turkeys on the first day of the spring wild turkey hunting season April 23, up from 3,127 on the opening day in 2017, the DNR said in a news release. Ohio’s spring wild turkey season is divided into two zones: a south zone, which is open from Monday, April…
Total of 1,860 birds down just slightly from last year.
Currently, the walleye daily bag limit is four. But as a result of the 2018 quota allocation, the daily bag limit will be six walleye from May 1 through Feb. 28, 2019, with a minimum size limit of 15 inches.
According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.