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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Division of Wildlife

The Lake Erie Fish Ohio Report

LAKE ERIE

Regulation to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Lake-wide

Walleye: Recent weather has limited fishing opportunities.

Where: Most walleye anglers have been fishing nearshore from Catawba Island to Kelleys Island and Cedar Point to Vermillion; fish have also been caught off traditional fall pier locations.

How: Troll using deep-diving crankbaits such as Reef Runners or Deep Husky Jerks, fished in the middle portion of the water column or higher. On the piers, anglers are using traditional techniques.

Yellow perch

Where: For some of the biggest perch of the year, try traditional fall spots, such as the green buoy off Catawba State Park; Green and Rattlesnake islands; Ballast Island; Kelleys Island shoal; east of Kelleys Island airport; between Kelleys Island and Lakeside; the Marblehead Lighthouse; north of Cedar Point; the south end of the sandbar offshore between Vermilion and Lorain; and just off most of the ports from Huron to Conneaut.

How: Perch-spreaders with shiners, fished near the bottom.

Smallmouth bass

Where: Bass start moving shallow to feed as water temperatures drop. Try fishing rocky areas along both island and mainland shorelines to find feeding smallmouth bass; areas with gizzard shad, shiners or gobies will be best.

How: Tube jigs, drop shots with goby imitations, and crankbaits or jerkbaits.

Water Temperature: The water temperature is 42 degrees off Toledo and 49 degrees off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.

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Spaces available for Certified Fishing Instructor Workshop in Findlay

FINDLAY – Spaces are available for educators, leaders, or conservation clubs who have a sincere interest in taking kids fishing and want to become certified fishing instructors, according to the ODNR, Division of Wildlife. A free workshop is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and will take place at Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Passport to Fishing is a 1-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors. All participants will need to pass a background check before being certified.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a 4-station fishing program with a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

By becoming a certified instructor, attendees will not only be able to help in reconnecting students with the outdoors but will also have the skills and resources to do it in a more successful way. Resources available include grants, equipment, brochures and training.

To register for the workshop, please call Linda at 419-429-8347 by Dec. 3. For additional class information, visit www.wildohio.com.

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Wildlife Hotline hours extended for Ohio’s deer-gun hunting seasons

COLUMBUS –The Division of Wildlife’s toll-free 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) general hunting information hotline will offer extended hours during the youth deer-gun season and prior to and during the deer-gun season.

The white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons are when many of Ohio’s hunters have last-minute questions and staff will be ready and available to assist. Special call center hours include:

8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday for youth deer-gun season.

8 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 for deer-gun season.

The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division’s Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.com. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.

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Ohio hunters can purchase and use antlerless deer permits through Dec. 1

COLUMBUS – Ohio white-tailed deer hunters can still purchase and use antlerless deer permits through Dec. 1, according to the ODNR.

Hunters can tag and check antlerless deer with an antlerless permit through Dec. 1. After that, hunters must possess or purchase an either-sex deer permit to pursue bucks and does until Feb. 2, 2014. Either-sex permits can be purchased online at ohiogamecheck.com or at a license vendor.

Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer in Ohio regardless of hunting method or season. Only one antlerless deer may be checked per county using an antlerless permit. Ohioans are again reminded that antlerless permits will not be valid after Dec. 1 unless used for a DOW authorized controlled hunt.

Ohio offers many opportunities to deer hunters in the coming months. The youth deer-gun season is Saturday and Sunday. The deer-gun season is Dec. 2-8. Deer-muzzleloader season is Jan. 4-7, 2014. Deer-archery season is open through Feb. 2, 2014.

Find complete details in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or online at wildohio.com. Hunters with questions can also call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

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Ohio’s hunters get more prime hunting time when deer-gun hunting season opens Dec. 2

COLUMBUS – Deer-gun season, one of Ohio’s most revered hunting traditions, begins Dec. 2 with 30 more minutes of prime hunting time each day. Ohio’s deer-gun season is open through Dec. 8.

Hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer-gun seasons. Hunters were already allowed to hunt deer 30 minutes before sunrise and this year an additional 30 minutes has been added after sunset for gun seasons.

“We are eager to increase opportunities for Ohio’s sportsmen and women,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “Ohio is a top 10 whitetail hunting destination and the extra half-hour after sunset will give hunters more opportunities to bag a deer.”

Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 80,000-90,000 deer will be harvested during the weeklong hunt. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year’s season, including many out-of-state hunters. Hunters checked 86,964 deer in the 2012 weeklong deer-gun season.

Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun capable of holding no more than three slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during deer-gun week.

“Hunters are reminded to use safety precautions while hunting, including wearing required hunter orange clothing, using a safety harness while in a tree stand and safe handling of firearms,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR, Division of Wildlife.

A valid deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters must purchase an additional deer permit to hunt more than one deer.

A new tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at wildohio.com for more information on changes to the game check process.

More deer hunting information can be found in the 2013-14 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at wildohio.com. Hunters can share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

Hunters are encouraged to harvest more antlerless deer in some areas of Ohio this season to help the needy in their area and also manage deer populations. The DOW is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate a deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort is available. More information about this program can be found online at fhfh.org. Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program by learning more at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local funds for programs such as venison donation. Go to whitetailsunlimited.com to find a local chapter and make a donation.

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

 

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