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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.

2021 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"


Mike Bloomfield -32"

Tony Vannelle - 29"

Bob McCarthy - 27"

Matt Bonnell - 28"



Mike Bloomfield - 35"

Joe Hatfield - 38"

Bob McCarthy – 39.25”

Kevin Harper – 40.75”

Scott Furst - 35"

Rork Mattews - 13"

Ted Mosure - 13"

Scott Furst - 14"

Mike Bloomfield - 13.5"

Michael Gifford – 13.5”

Tom Critser – 13”

Bobbie Kinker – 13”

Rick Stelzer 13.5”

Walt Alexander – 13.5”


Bob McCarthy - 21.25 LM

David Carter - 20" SM


Roy Stein - 22.5"

Ted Mosure - 21"







2021 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Walt Alexander

Greg Silbaugh

Al Bachman

Jim Silvania

Tim Blasczyk

Roy Stein

Ray Beaumier

Rick Stelzer

Mike Bloomfield

Jeff Tennant

Matt Bonnell

Pete Wilms

Geary Bradley

Lorraine Winters

Darrell Brown

Rich Zweifel

Bill Canfield

David Carter

Bryan Chambers

Michael Cole

Tom Critser

Mark Fallert

Scott Furst

Michael Gifford

Kevin Harper

Joe Hatfield

Chad Karg

John Logan

Rork Matthews

Bob McCarthy

Mike Meyer

Ted Mosure

Jeff Murdock

The next  HFR will be 6/30/21

Week ending 6/16/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.25 feet from full level.

CRAPPIE: Al Bachman reported that he and Don Grant fished Thursday a.m. and “Trolled, jigged and cast the M-E, N-E, and N-W.  Didn't catch a fish until @ 1.30. Catching was extremely slow.  Asked another angler who was casting the NE.  He said it was terrible then and the day before. We got a total of 3 fish.”  On Saturday morning Michael Cole caught 10 fish 9-11” in M-E section using Minnows 2-5’ deep.  Walt Alexander, Tim Tobin, and Barry Gullickson fished the M-E section Saturday a.m. and caught 128 fish up to 12” using Minnow/Slip Bobber around laydowns.  Walt reported, “75% of the fish were barely legal”.  Saturday morning Pete and Stu Wilms caught 14 fish 9-11” in M-E, fishing 3-6' deep using Minnows/Bobber.  On Monday they were joined by Neal Gorsuch and caught 13 fish, 9-12", fishing 3-5' deep, 8-10' off shore using Minnows/Bobber.  

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: While fishing with as soft Jerk bait on Sunday morning in M-E section Dave Carter caught a “nice size” Walleye.  While fishing for Crappie on Saturday a.m. Pete and Stu Wilms caught 2 Saugeyes using Minnow/Bobber in M-E cove.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Sunday morning Dave Carter fished the M-E section with a soft Jerk bait and C&R a FO (20”) SM.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Matt Bonnell used Shrimp with Shad spray on the bottom in M-E section and C&R a FO (28”).

BLUE CATFISH: Darrell Brown reports, “C&R 8 fish Sunday night on cut Shad in North pool fishing in 14’ of water”.


Week ending 6/9/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.73 feet from full level. Scott Furst reported surface temps in Middle section on Sunday were 70 degrees around Noon. We are coming into a New Moon phase. 

CRAPPIE: Saturday a.m. Scott Furst found fish were often schooled on the edges of sharper drop offs.  He was trolling #7 Flicker Shads in Silver with Black back in Middle section.  Friday evening Ray Beaumier reported that he, “caught 20 fish in the M-W section with half caught in the shallows and half in 12-15'.  The shallow fish hit a 1/32 oz Minnow Jig with a White/Chartreuse Crappie Tube and 1/2 Gulp Maggot slowly “penduluming” in or near cover.  The deeper fish hit a trolled #7 Flicker Shad in the Shad color in 12-15'.  4 of the deeper fish were in the 12" size range.”  Walt Alexander and his son Jackson fished the M-E on Sunday morning and Walt reports they used, “Minnow under Slip 3-8’ deep around lay-downs and C&R 74 fish up to 12".”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Greg Silbaugh reported that, “John Logan C&R a 20” fish in M-E pool fishing a Jig tipped with Night Crawler in 8’ of water” on Saturday morning.  Scott Furst fished Saturday a.m. and reported, “Fished the M-E & M-W.  My best results came from Trolling #7 Flicker Shads in Silver with Black back. Matching the Shad. I caught fish on flats and points near 15’ of water. The larger fish were very close to deeper water. I caught small 10" fish shallower on the flats. 9 fish total. All C&R. 3 of those were over 16".”  Jeff Murdock reported, “My wife Michele & I were fishing last Saturday morning from 7-9 the M-E section and C&R a 16-1/2" fish with Night Crawler on the bottom in 20' of water.” Friday evening Ray Beaumier fished and reported that he caught one 15" Walleye in 12' on the edge of a point in the M-E Section.  The fish hit a trolled Night Crawler Harness with a #4 Colorado Bite/Chartreuse/Orange dots Blade.”  Ted Mosure fished Monday evening around docks in M-E section and reported, “C&R 21” FO on Crank Bait in about 7' of water.  I believe this fish is part of a class of fish that were about 10-11” two years ago.  I caught a lot of them that year.”

BLUE GILL: Jeff Murdock reported that his Wife Michelle C&R several fish with Night Crawler in shallow water near shore in M-E section on Saturday morning.  Friday evening Ray Beaumier fished and told us that he, “caught 7 fish in the M-W section in 1-5' on a 1/32 oz Minnow Jig with a White/Chartreuse Crappie Tube and 1/2 Gulp Maggot slowly retrieved in or near cover.  The fish were in the 6-7" size range.” Monday evening Ted Mosure fished with Wax Worms around docks in M-E into 2' or so of water and C&R  8 fish, all 7-7.5”.  None of the fish had eggs, so they were either males or females that had already dropped them.” 

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Ted Mosure fished Monday evening around docks in M-E section and reported that he, “C&R a 21” fish full of eggs in very shallow water on a Wax Worm under a Bobber while fishing for Blue Gills.”

BLUE CATFISH: Jeff Murdock reported that he, “C&R a 22" fish using a Minnow fishing in 6' of water with the Bobber set at 3' in M-E on Saturday a.m.”.  Friday evening Ray Beaumier reported that he,        “caught one 21" fish in 12' on a flat in the M-E Section.  The fish hit a trolled Night Crawler Harness with a #4 Colorado White/Chartreuse/Orange dots Blade.”


The next  HFR will be 6/9/21

Week ending 5/26/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.69 feet from full level.  Bill Canfield reported surface temps were 75 degrees on Saturday.  We are in a Full Moon phase. 

CRAPPIE: Bob McCarthy trolled the M-W on Wednesday using Crank Baits in 12-18’ of water and C&R 9 fish.  Ted Mosure and a friend fished Thursday in M-E and Ted reported, “in 8-10’ of water near submerged trees.  Fish were suspended about 5’ down.  We used small Jigs tipped wit9h Wax Worms under a Bobber, as well as White Twister Tails and caught about 50, the best being close to 12”.”  On Saturday Michaele Gifford fished from a cove in S-E using Minnows/Bobber and C&R 25 fish including a FO (13.5”).  Tom Critser reported, “Fished Saturday a.m. in M-E section with my wife Juli and her friend Bobbie Kinker. We used Minnows/Bobber in 5’ of water and C&R 50 fish including my FO (13") and Bobbie's first ever FO (13").”  Pete & Stu Wilms fished Sat. & Sunday in M-E in 8-12" depth, 3’ deep with Minnows/Bobber and caught 58 fish.  Rick Stelzer fished Sunday and reported using, “Jig and Twister Tail in the North end in 6’ in front of bushes and C&R a FO (13.5”) and many more in same, most with eggs 9-11".”  Ray Beaumier fished the M-W and reported, “Caught 32 fish on Friday a.m. in or near cover in 1-4’ of water  All fish were caught  on a 1/32 oz. Minnow head Jig with a Chartreuse/White Crappie Tube flavored with 1/2 a Gulp Maggot.  A lot of small fish, several in the 9.5-10" range and four 12" long.”  Scott Furst fished Saturday a.m. and sent us, “Fished coves in the South and Middle pools with a Jig and Plastic. 1/16 oz. head. Swimbait or Beaver Tail style body. White Jigs, Black Jigs and Pink, all worked. Fish were around the brush but I did not catch anything up in the really shallow flooded brush. They wanted a couple of feet of water over their heads. Biggest fish was a C&R of a FO (14").” On Sunday a.m. Scott reported similar results.  He also offered the following tip to deal with the Cotton Wood trash.  “Tree trash was hideous. Cotton Wood seeds and other tree seeds slowed down the fishing to clean lines. A way to help with that is to tie a short leader on your lines and put a bead in front of the swivel or knot. It will catch most of that trash and keep your lure working.”  Bill & Paula Canfield fished several times over the weekend in the N-W and reported, “We experienced better fishing than ever before at Hoover.  Quantity, size and fast action were all the best we have ever had.  Most of the fish were in 6’ of water or less, actively spawning in the brush.  We used 1/16 oz Jigs and Twister Tails exclusively--sometimes tipped with Wax Worms and sometimes not--real or fake didn't seem to matter.  White and Green were the best colors.”  Kevin Harper fished Saturday & Sunday in North and caught 64 fish on Minnows/Bobber 3-5’ just out from shore cover.  On Saturday Walt & Cathy Alexander fished M-E and Walt reported, “C&R 58 up to 12.5”, on Minnow/ Slip around lay downs 3-12’ deep.”  On Sunday, Walt, John Biteman & Tom Chambis fished M-E using Minnow/Slip 3-8’ deep around lay downs, C&R 117 including Walt’s FO (13.5”).  Michael Gifford fished M-E Tuesday with Minnow/Slip Bobber and caught 18 fish.  Mark Fallert and his daughter Taylor, “Fished Sunday in M-E and C&R 30 on Minnows and Baby Shad Blue Thunder.  Most all were keepers, a couple just short of FO.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Thursday evening Ted Mosure fished the M-E with Jig/White Twister and caught 2 fish up to 14”.  Bryan Chambers told us, “On Saturday evening fishing in M-E, I C&R 2 fish 17” & 20” casting into shallows with Crank Baits. Probably 5 feet deep or less.”  Pete Wilms caught a fish on Sunday a.m. in M-E on Minnow 3’ under bobber, 8’ off shore.  Scott Furst fished Saturday evening and reported, “Caught 3 before dark over 15” trolling Crank Baits on shallow 5-7’ flats and points. I could see fish scattered on the flats on my side scan. Ran out of day but the flats were full of bait.” Scott fished again Sunday a.m. and reported that he, “caught 3 trolling a Smithwick Rogue Jerkbait in Chrome and Black. And a couple more snapping a Jig and a Kalins Jerk Shad plastic tail.”  

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Michaele Gifford fished from a cove in S-W using Minnows/Bobber and caught 5 fish up to 16”.  Sunday a.m., while fishing for Saugeye, Scott Furst reported getting some fish and that, “The Channels had huge bellies. Could have been full of eggs or Shad.”

BLUE CATFISH: Bob McCarthy trolled the M-W on Wednesday using Crank Baits in 12-18’ of water and C&R a FO (39.25”).  Kevin Harper fished Sunday a.m. in S-W and “trolling 12-20' depth using a Black/Silver Hot-n-Tot, C&R 3 fish including a FO (40.75”).”   Michael Gifford fished Sunday in a cove in S-W using Minnows/Bobber and caught 2 large fish.


Week ending 5/19/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.19  feet from full level.   Mike Meyer reported surface temperature in North section on Tuesday was 64.5 degrees.


CRAPPIE: On Friday, Michael Gifford sent us, “Bill Yuhas and I got the boat out on Hoover today, after a long drawn out spell of bad weather.  Caught 6 fish - Bill kept two 12" ones using Bass Minnows.”  Pete & Stu Wilms fished Friday, Saturday & Sunday from shore in M-E section and caught 47 fish from 9”-11” fishing Minnows under Bobbers in 3.5’ depth.  Saturday Mike Bloomfield fished the M-E section with Minnows/Bobber in 14’ depth and C&R a FO (13.5”).  Jeff Tennant fished Sunday afternoon in N-E section and reported that he, “C&R 20, very tight to brush - only 2 males, the rest were all females in the 10-12” range, all still having eggs”.  He was using Crappie Tubes in 2’ of water.  Walt, Kathy & Jack Alexander fished Sunday morning in M-E section and Walt reported that they, “used Minnow under slip in 3-12' depth, and caught 24 fish between 9-12.5".   Greg Silbaugh reported that he, “caught a FO (13”) on a Minnow under bobber in 3' of water at cove entrance in M-E section on Thursday evening” Jim Silvania fished the M-W section on Sunday and he reported, “Kept 25 fish each day, Sat was all females with eggs, Sun all males or females who had dropped their eggs, 2’ of water.”  Mike Meyer fished in N-W on Tuesday and  reported, “Multiple 11 and 12 inchers right in the brush. Using light Jigs.”

: No reports.


BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Ted Mosure reported, “I got my first quality fish in shallow water on a Chartreuse Flicker Shad and made an inquiry to see if it’s a LM or Spotted Bass” on Thursday evening while fishing from shore in M-E.  He has also been  getting SM up to 14” on a White Twister Tail.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Saturday morning Mike Bloomfield drifted in North pool in 15’ of water and C&R 4 fish including a FO (32”).

BLUE CATFISH: Michael Gifford reported on Friday, “Bill Yuhas C&R a 23" fish using Bass Minnow.  I C&R a 28" fish using Night Crawler.”   Joe Hatfield reported, “Kyle Gibney and I fished Hoover on Sunday and caught fish in all three pools. Biggest was FO (38") weighing over 30lbs. Overall we caught good FO size fish all day. We used Shad and Bluegill and fished from 5-60’ deep.”  On Sunday, while fishing the S-W section, Jim Silvania reported, “I C&R a slough size fish on a Crappie Jig, great fight on an ultralight.” 





6/24/20- From - Joe Conroy, Div. Of Wildlife: From the boat electrofishing age-0 survey (10/21–23/2019)

Walleye age-0: 238 mm (9.4 inches)
Saugeye age-0: 251 mm (9.9 inches)
From the gill-net survey in November (11/04–06/2019); larger age-0 likely to be caught
Walleye age-0: 266 mm (10.5 inches) average total length


age-0: 265 mm (10.4 inches)

age-1: 386 mm (15.2 inches)

age-2: 457 mm (18.0 inches)

Obviously, they will be a little bigger by this time.

 Note differences in Saugeye vs. Walleye


 6/9/21- from Rich Zweifel - Div. Of Wildlife on 2021 Hoover stocking of Saugeye & Walleye:

Species Stage Location Rate              (#/acre)      Number     Date(s)

Saugeye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR   100.2                288,877         5/6,  5/10

Walleye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR     100.0                288,454         5/17

 6/17/20- From Scott Hale - Div. Of Wildlife -

Species Stage Location County District Priority Acres   Rate   NumReq'd  N Stocked  stock date       %req

Walleye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR Franklin 1 1   2884 100  288,400     288,576           5/28 100.        100.1%

Saugeye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR Franklin 1 1 2884 100  288,400     307,108           5/22-5/27        106.5%

 5/29/19 - From Rich Zweifel - Div. of Wildlife - The Hoover walleye / saugeye stocking is complete.  296,175 saugeye fingerlings were stocked on 5/14/2019 and 288,728 walleye fingerlings were stocked on 5/17/2019.  The saugeye fingerlings averaged 29.2mm (1.14 inches) and the walleye fingerlings averaged 24.4mm (0.96 inches).  

3/6/19 - From Rich Zweifel - Div. of Wildlife - "The walleye stocking at Hoover is experimental.  These stockings are an attempt to diversify the fishing opportunities there at Hoover.  While walleye and saugeye are related, they do behave differently.  Saugeye tend to stick closer to shore and walleye often occupy open water areas.  These differences in behavior provide different fishing opportunities for anglers.  Over the last several years, we have heard from a number of anglers that walleye did well at Hoover in the 1960s and 1970s.  We last stocked walleye at Hoover in 1987 and started stocking saugeye in 1988.  The saugeye fishery really took off in the early 90s and, until recently, we've never looked back.  

The plan is to stock both walleye and saugeye fingerlings over the next 3 years (2019-2021) and to track stocking success, growth, survival, and catch / harvest by anglers of both species over this period.  We will evaluate the success of the dual walleye-saugeye stockings after the 3rd year and make a decision about whether or not we should continue stocking both species beyond 2021."

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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.