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Young Cincinnati bass anglers headed to state tourney

Eight members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club will advance to the 2011 Bass Federation State Tournament for Ohio Youth, based on total points they accrued during this year's fishing season. Central Ohio's O'Shaughnessy Reservoir will host the statewide tournament on Sunday, Aug. 21. The eight finalist anglers are Jack Tamborski, Gabe Dubois, Harbor Lovin, Max Kaufman, Noah Meiers, Garrett…

Waters Recede and Deer Creek Marina Finally Open

The marina at Deer Creek State Park is finally open, after a soggy spring that kept the business under water well beyond the start of Ohio’s boating season. The marina is located at 21001 State Route 207 on the park’s west side.An employee said managers power washed and painted the building in April. But heavy rains for the next six…

Countin' Fish on a Ladder

You've heard of shooting fish in a barrel? I met a man last week in the Pacific Northwest who counts fish on a ladder. No joke. Ron Mcpeak of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife spends his workday in a cramped cubicle inside the Bonneville Dam, counting fish – one by one – as they migrate up the Columbia…

State Park Campground use on a Serious Slide

The cold, snowy winter and (especially) the cool, rainy spring has thus far doomed overnight stays at Ohio state parks.And with rain forecasted for at least two of the three Memorial Day weekend days, don’t expect to see many “no vacancy” signs up at state park campgrounds. This, based on figures supplied by the state.The 2011 to-date campground occupancy stands…

Lake Erie fish kill not caused by VHS

Sandusky, Ohio – Testing for viral hemorrhagic septicemia in Lake Erie walleyes was negative, reports Ray Petering of the DNR Division of Wildlife. Walleyes by the thousands have been washing up on Lake Erie beaches throughout the month of May. The fish kill, however, appears to be waning, Petering says. Fisheries biologists feared that VHS may have been to blame,…

Summer Stargazing Opportunities for Ohio Campers

For the thirty-second summer, members of the Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) plan a series of Stargaze events for campers at John Bryan State Park.The park is located in Greene County on state Route 370 between Yellow Springs and Clifton.The season’s first Stargaze is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, weather permitting. Similar events are set for dusk…

Assessing the Health of Ohio's Waters

Ohio is among central Midwestern states targeted by a first-of-a-kind national study of fish habitats that found a "very high risk" of habitat degradation due to urban development, livestock grazing, agriculture, and point-source pollution. "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010," recently released by the National Fish Habitat Board, includes a national assessment…

NRA’s take on Mexican gun troubles pointing at the U.S.

In the ongoing firearms debate regarding whether the gun laws of the United States are contributing to the rise in violent crime in Mexico, verbal shots are being fired on both sides of the border. Here’s the latest take from the National Rifle Association: In another chapter in the ongoing attempt to blame the American gun community for Mexico’s internal…

Opening Day Turkey Count

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,646 bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey-hunting season, which is open statewide through May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Top counties for wild turkeys killed on Monday were: Guernsey – 94; Adams – 88; Tuscarawas – 85;…

Deer Creek adds “bark” park, beach

Mt. Sterling, Ohio – Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County recently became the sixth state park to add an exercise area and associated swim beach exclusively for canines.Dog owners may allow their pets to run free (off leash) in the enclosed dog park and beach. Otherwise, dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting a state park,…

Some so-called ‘sportsmen’ are trash-tossin’ lowlifes

I just got done collecting beer and pop cans – mostly beer – that the litter-pigs tossed from their car and truck windows during the winter along the rural lanes where I take my daily constitutional.My hike-route for years has covered three familiar miles’ worth of roadside ditches. And just since the first snows covered the landscape the first week…

Watch out for young wildlife–and leave it in the wild

It’s spring! And that means most Ohio wild creatures are nurturing (or will soon be nurturing) young offspring. Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders sighted nests of cottontail rabbits and dens of red fox in recent days, prompting him to issue a seasonal warning against human intervention with these animal youngsters. Well-meaning outdoor enthusiasts who see a nest of birds…

Improved Access in the Forecast for Conneaut Creek Anglers

Steelheaders on Conneaut Creek will soon enjoy an improved pull-off/parking lot near downtown Conneaut. The Ohio Division of Watercraft is working with the Friends of Conneaut Creek and the Central Basin steelheaders in an effort to improve access to the popular trout-fishing stream.Beginning Monday, March 2, a construction crew began leveling off and improving a parking area on Center Street…

Ohio’s first signs of spring? The skunks are out!

Forget Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck. Ohio’s true harbinger of spring is the skunk.These first warm days, skunks are busy creatures. Their distinctive scent wafts in nightly breezes and evidence of their disregard of pedestrian traffic laws litter the roadsides.The Ohio DNR’s Suzie Prange, a biologist who specializes in furbearers, said skunks are out and about as temperatures rise for…

Dock in downtown Cleveland and take in the city

Downtown Cleveland will become a port for those recreational boaters looking to tie up and take in a ball game, visit the Great Lakes Science Center, or tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded through its Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant money to build a transient marina at the existing North Coast Harbor…

Ohio Library Loans Fishing Gear

Checking out a fishing pole and tackle box is as easy as checking out a book at the Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson, west of Columbus.For the third spring, the library is promoting fishing as a family activity by offering a program that allows both kids and adults to “check out” a fishing pole and small, equipped tackle box…

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

The Ohio Division of Forestry is reminding Ohioans to comply with state laws during March, April and May when open burning is banned between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Most people are surprised to learn Ohio usually has about 500 spring wildfires, which burn around 3,000 acres annually,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the Division of Forestry, in a news release. “Longer daylight hours,…

Digging out the essentials after a winter storm

The zany forecasting of Punxsutawney Phil, the storied Pennsylvania groundhog aside, you can count on hunkering down next to the wood stove for another six weeks of winter.Or you can get outside on the backside of a snowstorm, on one of those glorious winter days when the sky is crystal blue and the sun hurts if you are not wearing…

Grand Lake St. Marys fish OK to eat… for now

St. Marys, Ohio – Officials have removed a warning not to eat fish from Ohio’s largest inland lake after tests of lake fish showed no signs of a liver toxin. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced the results Feb. 7. Ohio’s DNR collected fish samples in October from Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio. The 13,000-acre lake has been…

A Broken-Hearted Goodbye to Jenny Lynn

Jenny Lynn and I first laid our eyes on one another nearly 12 years ago at the Cleveland I-X Center. It was not either of our intentions to flirt, much less fall in love, though we did both. My wife, Bev, and I had gone to the I-X Center as we typically did back then on the Friday the Cleveland…

St. Marys watershed officially designated ‘distressed’

Columbus – Due to the unprecedented harmful algal blooms of 2009 and 2010, the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed has been designated a watershed in distress as of Jan. 18, according to the DNR. A recent analysis, conducted by the DNR’s Division of Soil and Water Resources, concluded that the Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) watershed met the criteria for…