If you like to fish, are new to the area or just want to visit a place you’ve never tried, there are many options for anglers in southwest Ohio.
Each year, about this time, I like to look at the greatest fall fishing in Ohio. That can be found at Lake Erie.
Lake Erie is a hot spot for fall fishing, particularly for yellow perch and especially for this year. Hatches in recent years have been above average and that means the fishery is here for a long, long time.
If you would like to learn how to shoot – with a gun or a bow – you’re invited to take part in the 15th annual free Family Outdoor Skills Day at the Spring Valley gun/archery range south of Xenia.
August is here and if you plan to dove hunt, it’s time to prepare. Drawings for hunting spots on nearby Ohio wildlife areas are scheduled for Aug. 27.
It started out with a great honor, but when the week was over and all the gun smoke had cleared, there was quite a bit of glory to go along with it.
You’ll need a calm pond, cove in a lake or a slow-moving stream, but once you are right there in the water, you might never want to fish any other way.
It’s probably the most sought-after fish for eating, the yellow perch is probably the second most popular fishing target on Lake Erie (behind walleyes). In April, a Mentor resident tossed a shiner into the water and pulled up a record that had lasted more than three decades.
Paddle sports have been growing, with Ohio kayak and canoe registrations more than 130 percent higher over the past decade, up to 152,000 last year. And now Ohio is offering paddle sports events.
Once an endangered and somewhat rare species, the bald eagle has made a huge comeback, especially in Ohio. The national symbol is no longer on the federal or state endangered list, but is still protected by law.
Like most lakes, Erie has its ups and downs as far as fishing goes. Bad hatches mean difficult fishing down the line. But at the same time, a string of quality hatches can put a fishery on top … and that’s how it is right now for Lake Erie walleyes and yellow perch.
It’s been long-awaited. In fact, about 38 years. But at long last the state of Ohio is about to open a full-service marina at Caesar Creek State Park.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife estimates more than 65,000 hunters will be in the fields and woods beginning on April 18 for the beginning of the annual spring wild turkey season. It will run through May 15.
Time to break away, cure the cabin fever and get out to a good fishing hole. Here’s where you can usually find them … the key word there is “usually” because with fishing, you never know …
Although Dayton has had recent troubles attracting quality outdoor/boat shows in recent years, the first All-American Outdoor Show at the Airport Expo Center was well supported by area folks, enough to bring it back next year.
Ball State University professor’s project shows more whitetail fawns are surviving in urban settings than in rural. The reason? Fewer coyotes.
There are boat shows. There are hunting shows. There are fishing shows. There are outdoor shows. And then there’s the All-American Outdoor Expo.
Ohio Division of Wildlife says many factors play into deer kill numbers each year, especially the weather, which cooperated nicely.
They’re out there. You probably don’t see them – but they are out there. Coyotes are everywhere – urban areas as well as rural. And they can cause problems.
Any long deer hunting season has its ups and downs, due mostly to the weather, and this deer hunting season in Ohio is no exception. But overall, it’s been a good one.