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We will attempt to keep you abreast of news regarding fishing and boating activities that are available to the public at Hoover Reservoir, via this page, which we hope to update at least weekly.  This information comes from ODNR- Div. Of Wildlife, Watershed Management, Old Dutchman Bait and Tackle and from sharing members of the public.  

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FO = Fish Ohio. A program for anglers, with ODNR awarding a certificate and hat pin for catching fish of a          specified minimum length. Details available at local bait and tackle stores.

LOTW = Lake of the Woods, East side, Middle section of lake across from Red Bank Ramp.         

C&R = Catch and Release, allowing fish to be enjoyed another day by anglers.

Riprap =Rock works around roadways and bridges to prevent erosion.

2024. Hoover Sports Anglers (HSA)   (C&R Fish Ohio species at Hoover)

NOTE: You can now go online and print a very attractive certificate of your FO catch and also reserve your hat pin.  Go to FISH OHIO. (New URL)

Following are minimum size requirements for Fish Ohio species available at Hoover.


CARP - 28”





 MUSKY - 40"









SUCKER - 20"




Michael Cole - 42"



Tony Dana - 20" LM


Jason Jackson - 22.5"







2024 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Stanley Bulejski

Bill Canfield

Michael Cole

Tony Dana

Rick Dressel

Scott Furst

Rick Hubbard

Matt Kessler

Ted Mosure

Rick Stelzer

Pete Wilms

Week ending 5/15/24

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –0.96 feet from full level. Bill Canfield found surface temperatures in Middle section Monday around noon of 72 degrees.  .

CRAPPIE: “Bill and Paula Canfield fished Saturday, afternoon in the M-W pool and caught about 20 fish on lead head Jigs with Twister Tails, with only 6 being over 9”.”They returned to the area on Monday and reported, “We lost track of how many fish we caught, but it was probably over 75. Only 23 were over 9”. All but one of those fish were females with eggs. The largest was 10.5”. Average size of the fish has been a disappointment so far this year. All fish were caught on 1/16 oz. Jigs with Twister Tails—Pink and White was the best color. 6’ of water seemed to be the magic number for depth. We observed many fish on the depth finder outside the mouth of the coves stacked up and apparently waiting their turn.” Ted Mosure fished from shore in M-E section Monday using White Twister Tail/Jig and caught 8 fish with only 1 being 9”.


BLUE GILL: “Bill and Paula Canfield caught 5 fish between 6.5”-7” while fishing for Crappies. All the fish were males. They all hit lead head Jigs with Twister Tails in shallow water (less than 6 feet deep).”

BASS: Ted Mosure caught an 18” LM while using a Crank Bait fishing from shore in M-E section on Monday.


BLUE CATFISH: Michael Cole fished the N-E pool Wednesday afternoon in 2’-8’ depths using a Santee Cooper and Slip Bobber rigs w/ cut Bait, C&R 3 fish with 2 of them being FO (37.5”, 41”). On Friday Michael fished the same area and C&R 11 fish with 2 being FO (38.5”, 39”).

: No reports.

Week ending 5/8/24

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –0.86 feet from full level. Rick Stelzer found surface temperatures in Middle section Sunday of 64-67 degrees.  We’re in New Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Rich Hubbard reported that he and Kevin Winter, “got out Wednesday. Mostly fished the Middle section and C&R 12 fish using Minnows in 10-12’ depths”. Pete Wilms told us he was out with his brother Stu Sunday in M-E section using Minnows/Bobbers and caught about 25 fish, most under 9" in 5-8' of water.  They were out again Monday with a friend and, “caught about 60 fish, 12 over 9" in 12-15' of water”.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Rick Stelzer reported that he, “Fished with Jason Jackson Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Boated over 40 fish. Most were small but did manage 14 that were right at 15” or over. The biggest was Jason’s FO (22.5”) which he released. Caught on Swim Baits and Berkeley Power Bait Minnows, 12’ or less in M-W section.”.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No report.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Rich Hubbard told us he was, “out Sunday with Rita Shapter in M-E side. Using Minnows. Rita caught a nice catfish. Her first fish caught in over 50 years.”

BLUE CATFISH: On Thursday noon, Rick Dressel fished the N-W section with cut Shad down 6’ in 20’ of water and caught a 6-lb. fish.  On Wednesday afternoon Michael Cole fished N-E section with cut Shad/Bobber in 2-5’ depths and C&R 13 fish including 2 FO (40: & 42”).  On Sunday afternoon Michael returned to same section and C&R 9 fish including 4 FO (from 35.75”-38.75”).


Week ending 5/1/24

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –0.55 feet from full level.  Matt Kessler & Scott Furst reported surface temperature on Sunday of 60 degrees.  We had a Full Moon on April 23.

CRAPPIE: Matt Kessler reported that he and Sam Minnehan fished the N-W section Sunday using shallow Flicker Shad and a Crawler on a Bobber, trolling 4’ down in 10’ of water.  They caught 4 fish up to 12.5”. Scott Furst fished Sunday and reported, “Fished from noon until 5:00 pm. Middle pool. Wind was only 15 mph. Surface temps had not changed much but the main lake was around 58 and 60 degree water could be found in the coves. Visibility was 18" to 2 feet. A bit muddier than normal. The open water was holding large schools of fish. Lots of bait and larger marks were concentrated from 10’ deep and deeper. I decided to troll for the higher fish located near the main lake points and flats. I caught 16 fish. The largest being 12”. The females are fat with eggs but they need warmer water before they go to the nests.”

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: On Sunday, Scott Furst fished the Middle section and reported, “I C&R 4 fish. 2 of those were larger than 15”. The best results came while trolling, #7,  Berkley Flicker Shad crank baits in Silver Chrome. They run about 14-15’ deep with 130’ of line out.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Scott Furst fished Saturday and reported, “I caught a couple of LM on a White Spinnerbait. The wind made holding position and casting a real challenge. I fished the Middle pool. I did not fish long because of the wind. I looked at a lot of fish near the banks, on Live Scope, but they were mostly small fish.”  


BLUE CATFISH: Friday afternoon Michael Cole fished the N-E section in 2-25’ depths, using cut Shad on a Cooper-Santee rig with Slip Bobber.  He C&R 5 fish including 2 FO (35.25” & 37”).  On Monday Matt Kessler fished the N-E area and caught a “23" fish in 3' of water using a Bass Minnow on a Bobber while fishing for crappie.”







     5/10/23   From Nick Radabaugh, the Fisheries Management Supervisor for District 1 (central Ohio), Div. Of Wildlife: “Hoover will receive a stocking of saugeye fingerlings, likely next week or the week after. It is scheduled to receive a minimum of 100 fingerlings/acre and potentially 200 fingerlings per acre, dependent on hatchery production this year. This will result in somewhere between 290,000 – 580,000 saugeye going in to Hoover this year.”

5/31/23 - From Nick Radabaugh - “I just wanted to provide you with another quick update now that we are done with our walleye and saugeye stocking around the state. Our hatcheries had a good production year, and we were able to stock Hoover with its full complement of 200 saugeye fingerlings per acre. On May 10th Hoover was stocked with 288,957 fingerlings and a week later on May 18th it was stocked with 288,273 fingerlings, for a total of 577,230 saugeye fingerlings. These fish were about one inch long when stocked and will be 8-10 inches by October.”



       5/10/23      From Nick Radabaugh, Div. of Wildlife sent us this “The Catfish regulation is changing this year at Hoover. In this year’s regulations you will see there is no longer a special regulation for Channel and Blue Catfish in Hoover. That is because we have removed the previous regulation and reverted back to the separate statewide regulations for Channel and Blue Catfish. As a reminder the statewide regulation for Channel Catfish is no daily limit, but only 1 fish over 28” can be harvested. The statewide regulation for Blue Catfish is no daily limit, but only 1 fish over 35” can be harvested. This regulations are currently in effect for Hoover and replace the previous split limit of 1 fish over 28” and 3 fish under 18” for Blue and Channels.”  He added, “We are still stocking Hoover with Blues, but on an every other year basis. Last October, Hoover received 28,859 advanced Blue Catfish fingerlings that averaged about 5 inches. We will stock Hoover again in 2024 and continue to monitor and adjust our management to maintain the exceptional Blue Catfish fishery we see today.”

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 From Rich Zweifel - We have conducted numerous surveys of gizzard shad, blue cats, and channel cats at Hoover over the last several years.  These surveys have provided a lot of insights … I’ll try to briefly summarize.     

Gizzard shad:

We have done a lot of shad surveys at Hoover. In fact, we conducted a shad survey last Monday night (8/12/19).  There are lots of shad in Hoover.  Preyfish don’t appear to be limiting.  

Blue catfish:

We have been surveying the Hoover blue catfish population every year since 2016.  Stocking success of blue catfish advanced fingerlings has been high in Hoover.  We stocked fish in every year from 2011 – 2017 (except 2014 because of hatchery production failure) and have gotten returns from all of those stockings.  We recently started alternate year stocking at Hoover because 1) the initial stockings have developed a good population there, and 2) also to allow us to expand blue cat stocking to other reservoirs.  The blues are growing fast and are starting to produce the trophy-size fish we were hoping for. 
We have been assessing the Hoover blue cat population every year for the last 4 years and there is no evidence that they are successfully reproducing in Hoover.  Which is fine; we don't stock blue cats (or any fish really) to establish a self-sustaining population.  That is not the goal.  The goal is to diversify the catfishing opportunities and to provide some trophy-sized fish.  It seems as though we are meeting that goal at Hoover

 10/23/19-  Marty reminded me yesterday that we did not plan to stock blue catfish in Hoover this fall.  We are happy with the current population of blue cats in Hoover and have pulled back the stocking to every other year.  So from here on out, Hoover will be stocked with blue cats in even-numbered years (stocking in 2020, 2022, etc...).  The every other year stocking approach allows us to expand the blue catfish program to other reservoirs throughout the state.  We are still trying to expand this program, so switching to the every other year approach after a good population is established following 5-6 years of annual stockings gives us the flexibility to stock more total acres of water.   We have been assessing the Hoover blue cat population every year for the last 4 years and there is no evidence that they are successfully reproducing in Hoover.  Which is fine; we don't stock blue cats (or any fish really) to establish a self-sustaining population.  That is not the goal.  The goal is to diversify the catfishing opportunities and to provide some trophy-sized fish.  It seems as though we are meeting that goal at Hoover     

Channel catfish:

There are a lot of channel catfish in Hoover; it’s a high density population.  Hoover channels can live into their early 20s, but they don’t grow super fast.  Growth appears to have been average long before blue catfish were ever stocked in Hoover.  It takes 18-20 years for channel catfish to get to Fish Ohio size in Hoover, on average.  Generally, what we’ve seen with channel catfish populations throughout Ohio, is that the more fish there are, the slower they grow.  Its not surprising that the channel catfish growth in Hoover is average. 

Also, reproductive success of channel catfish appears to be very inconsistent from year to year, which is pretty typical for most freshwater fish populations.  While there are some fish spawned in every year, the spawns in a few  years produce a majority of the fish.  It appears that there were big spawns in 2002-2004 and 2008-2011, so most of the fish in Hoover right now were produced in those 7 years.  Catfish don’t live forever and there are just very few of those older/larger fish in the population right now.  The fish from the 2002-2004 year classes should just now be starting to reach some trophy sizes.