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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.

2019 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.

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


CARP - 28”





 MUSKY - 40"









SUCKER - 20"

Mike Bloomfield - 30"

Joe Hatfield - 31"

Bobby Parker - 31"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 27"

Kyle Gibney - 31"

Matt Miller - 30"

Gary Romano - 30"



Joe Hatfield - 40"



Tim Myers, Sr. - 14"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 21" LM


Ted Mosure - 26"







2019 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Danny Adams

Walt Alexander

Al Bachman

Mike Bloomfield

Dave Bumgarner

Jeanna Burrell

Tom Critser

Michael Gifford

Peter Greenberg

Joe Hatfield

Matt Miller

Ted Mosure

Jeff Murdock

Tim Myers, Sr.

Gary Romano

Lorraine Winters

Week ending 5/22/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is -0.18 feet from full level.  Activity has really accelerated this past week and Joe Hatfield reported surface temperatures Saturday night was in low 70’s.

CRAPPIE: Pete & Stu Wilms fished Wednesday in M-E section and caught 9 fish between 9”-12" on Minnows fishing 10-12' deep in 15-18' of water. They fished again on Monday a.m. and caught 10 fish up to 12” in 3’-5’ of water using Minnows/Bobber. Pete added that it looked like fish were moving in from deeper water. Wednesday evening Danny Adams fished with Minnows in N-W section in shallows around shore and caught 4 fish up to FO (13”). Jeff Murdock report that he and his Dad Gene fished the M-E on Wednesday morning and caught 12 fish 9”-12” in 10 depth using Minnows and also small Crank Baits.  Ted Mosure caught 6 fish 10” on Thursday evening using White Twister tail in 3-6’ of water in M-E section.  Al Bachman & Don Grant fished the Middle section Wednesday and trolled Flicker Shads and Wiggle Warts and caught 12 fish in 11’-15’.  Tom Critser, “fished Saturday afternoon with my wife Juli and friend Allena. We C&R 35 fish using Minnows under a Bobber fishing about 3’ down in about 10' of water. Most the fish we caught were between 10"-12".”  Walt Alexander fished the M-E Saturday a.m. and reports he caught fish, “around brush, Minnow under Slip in 3'-12' depth.  C&R all but 8 of 67, most fish were over 9" and the 8 that went home were 11-12.5".”  Walt was out again Tuesday a.m. and tells us he fished: “in a shallow cove with Minnow under Slip 3'-10' deep and C&R 25 fish up to 12”.”

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Michael Gifford C&R 6 fish up to 16.5” trolling Bass Minnows in M-E section on Wednesday.  Ted Mosure caught 4 fish 11” on Thursday evening using White Twister tail in 3-6’ of water in M-E section.  Sunday, Ted caught 5 more up to 16”. Dave Bumgarner and his son fished Saturday in M-W section and caught 6 fish up to FO (21”) using White Jig with Green Twister Tail and also Twin Spinner Nugget with Crawler in 10’-15’ of water.  Al Bachman & Don Grant fished the Middle section Wednesday and trolled Flicker Shads and Wiggle Warts and caught 5 fish, 3 of which were “keepers”.  On Tuesday Walt Alexander fished in M-E section in a cove with Minnows/Bobber and caught 5 fish up to 15”.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Ted Mosure caught 2 SM on Thursday evening using White Twister tail in 3-6’ of water in M-E section.  On Sunday Ted caught a 14” fish in M-E section on Crank Bait in shallow. Al Bachman reports that Don Grant “caught 2 nice LM on Crank Baits”, while trolling Middle section Wednesday.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Saturday morning Matt Miller, while fishing for Blue Cats, C&R a FO (30”) strolling cut Bait in North section.  Gary Romano reported, “From a kayak. Saturday morning, 12’, cut Shad, Slip Bobber off bottom, drifting, C&R a FO (30”) in N-W section. 

BLUE CATFISH: Jeff Murdock report that he and his Dad Gene fished the M-E on Wednesday morning and caught a 29”fish on Minnows in 6’ of water.  On Saturday morning, Matt Miller reports that he, “fished the North section of the lake and strolled cut Bait on a Santee Rig in 12’-23’ of water and C&R 11 fish with the largest 2 measuring 28" and 29".”  Joe Hatfield fished Friday and reports, “I fished with Scott Pangborne. We drifted cut Shad in the North pool in 10’-27’. Most of the fish were caught in 12’-16’. We caught 8 fish with 3 ranging in the 23-30-lb size.”  Joe also fished with Daughter Charlotte and tells, “We stuck to 10-19’ using cut Shad. She reeled in 9 fish.” While fishing from his kayak Saturday morning, using cut Shad in 12’ Gary Romano C&R a 26” fish.


Week ending 5/15/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is again +0.11 feet from full level.  Surface temperatures have fluctuated greatly as cold fronts moved in.  Peter Greenberg found them on Saturday a.m. in M-E section to be 59-62 degrees.  With warmer temperatures forecast for the coming weekend, fishing should be more active.

CRAPPIE: No reports.

: Jeanna Burrell and others have reported the “run” is on in Galena with fish being caught off the board walk and creek.  Small Spinners and Twister Tails seem to be successful.

SAUGEYE: Ted Mosure fished M-E section on Friday evening and reported: Using White Twister Tail Jig at dusk, I C&R 4 fish.  The largest was a FO (26") dandy.  The 3 short ones were 10'-11" long.  I would swim the Jig medium speed in shallow water and the short ones would chase it to water less than a foot deep.  The big one was caught, swimming the Jig in about 3' of water. 

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  Peter Greenberg fished the M-E section Saturday a.m.  He caught, “14 LMB 12-14” using dark color Tubes in 3-7’ depths”.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Ted Mosure sent us this report from Friday evening: “Fishing M-E section with a White Twister Tail Jig, I C&R a 25" fish.  It bit close to the brush in about 3' of water.”  On Monday night Kyle Gibney drifted cut Shad in N-E section and C&R a FO (31”).

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield reported: “I ventured out Saturday afternoon in search of some Blues. I drifted cut Shad from 13’-27’ in the North pool with mixed results. In all, I landed around 6 fish with one FO measuring 37" (27lbs). That fish came at night with heavy wind and rain.  Shad have been increasingly difficult to come by this spring. Most of what I caught Saturday came from shallow water in and around brush piles.”  Joe went out Monday night and reported: “Kyle Gibney and I ventured out last night. We drifted from Galena all the way down past the sail boat harbor (13’-27’) using cut Shad. We managed to land 10 fish, a mixed bag of Channels and Blues. The fishing was good until the cloud cover passed and it got very cold. Most of the fish came in bunches, one or two at a time. Shad were again hard to come by. We are not seeing them schooled up and we are not finding them in many of the locations in which they have frequented the last few years. On an interesting note, we threw the net on what looked like a school of Shad on the sonar in 19’, but they ended up being suspended Crappie. I caught a FO (39") that weighed just under 30-lbs.”  


Week ending 5/8/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is +0.11 feet from full level.  Joe Hatfield received a report of surface temperatures on Tuesday of 68.5 degrees.

CRAPPIE: Tim Myers, Sr. fished the S-W section Tuesday using Minnows and C&R 45 fish with 2 FO (14” each).  Ted Mosure fished Tuesday evening in a cove in M-E.  In shallow water he caught 4 fish up to 10” using a White Twister Tail Jig.

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Ted Mosure reported, “Tuesday evening, using White Twister Tail Jig in M-E cove I caught 5 fish, two were 13”, three were 11”.”  

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  Last week Tim Myers, Sr. fished the M-W section using Minnows and C&R a FO (21”) LM in 2’ of water.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Thursday Mike Bloomfield drifted the Middle section with Shrimp and C&R a FO (30”).  Joe Hatfield has been drifting cut Shad or Blue Gills in 6-28’ of water and has been getting many fish with largest C&R a FO (31”).  Tim Myers, Sr. reports, he C&R a FO (27”) using Minnow in 2-3’ of water in North end on Wednesday.

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield tells us the fish are very active with many 20-30 lb. fish C&R with largest FO 40”).  He adds, “If you had not noticed, the depth ranges vary drastically. I think a lot of it has to do with the movement of the shad. I have never experienced as much movement and scattering from the baitfish as what I have seen this year. On Saturday, I netted them in the shallows spawning in 2ft near brush and in the main lake in 20+ feet of water holding on ledges. That day fish were caught in anywhere from 6ft-28ft. Last Thursday the shad were all stacked up shallow and we were catching the cats in shallower water (10-14ft). I gave an overview to show that these fish move A LOT. Just because I caught them in 10-14 ft Thursday doesn't mean they will be there Saturday. If someone is planning a trip, spend some time finding the shad by marking them on your sonar or throwing the cast net. Find the shad and you will find the blues. The lake is producing better than I have ever experienced in the spring. The night bite is also back with a vengeance after a two year hiatus. Folks need to get out and take advantage.”  Tim Myers, Sr. fished the S-W area with Minnows and C&R a 24” fish on Friday. 






 SAUGEYE  - 5/22/18 - The Senecaville Hatchery stocked 180,000 fingerling of approximately 1.5” in Hoover.  It was reported that the week before approximately the same number were stocked.  

From Rich Zweifel -Hoover was stocked with just over 418,000 fingerling saugeye this spring, which works out to roughly 145 fish per acre.  Saugeye production at our hatcheries was down a little bit this spring compared to last year, but those numbers are about average for what we’ve stocked into Hoover over the last 5 years.  Fish were stocked into Hoover on 2 dates, 5/18/18 and 5/22/18. 

SAUGEYE  - 9/6/17 - From -  Ethan Simmons , Div. Of Wildlife - “We’ve had three years in a row of extremely poor saugeye stocking survival at Hoover.  The traditional fingerling stockings in 2014 and 2016 as well as the experimental fry stocking in 2015 all produced very few adult fish.   We can’t say for sure what has caused this, but predation from other fish and lack of an adequate food source soon after stocking are two factors that have been shown to influence stocking success.  One thing we’re pretty confident in is it’s not the blue cats eating the saugeye.  There are simply too many shad, sunfish, and crappie for blue cats to eat rather than honing in on the small population of stocked saugeye.

We’ve conducted 10 gill net surveys since 2003 for adult saugeye at Hoover and 97% of the fish we caught were 3 years and younger.  The average length of an age 3 fish is 21.5”.  Of the small amount of age 4 fish we’ve captured the average size is 24”.  Since we rarely see fish older than age 3 and we’ve had 3 bad year classes in a row, Hoover has very few saugeye left in the population.  This helps explain the lack of reports you’ve received in the Hoover fishing report.  We understand that Hoover is a central Ohio gem and no one is more disappointed with the lack of saugeye than us.  This year we requested double the amount of saugeye fingerlings to be stocked in the hopes of increasing the odds of a successful year class, and we’ll request double next year.  More stocked fish doesn’t necessarily mean more adult fish, but this is one lever we can pull quickly to try to influence the population.  In fact this spring we ended up with even more stocked for a total of 260 fingerlings/acre (compared to 100/acre).  Fingers crossed we see a huge year class this October when we sample.  Whatever the outcome of this year’s stocking, know that we are always working hard to understand and improve this important fishery at Hoover.

6/7/17 - From Rich Zweifel, Div. Of Wildlife - “We finished up the Hoover saugeye stocking for the year this morning.  In total for this spring we have stocked Hoover Reservoir with 679,460 saugeye fingerlings.  This works out to a stocking rate of about 236 fish per acre.    

The saugeye fingerling stocking events were:

May 16:                265,792

May 17:                26,008

May 30:                286,440  

June 1:                 101,220

It was a banner year for walleye and saugeye production at our hatcheries.  Fingerling sizes were above average too.”

5/10/16 - From Rich Zweifel, Div. Of Wildlife -Hoover will be stocked this week (likely Thursday) with saugeye  fingerlings.  Below is the notification that the hatchery guys sent me…


Species: Saugeye

Stage: Fingerlings

Approximate Number: 288,400

Approximate Date: 05/12/2016


4/21/15 - From Rich Zweifel , Div. Of Wildlife - Staff from our St. Marys hatchery stocked Hoover with 2,884,000 saugeye fry on Tuesday  4/21/15.  Fry are newly-hatched fish that are 4-6 days old or about ¼” long. 

The reason we’re stocking fry is because Hoover is part of a four year research study that’s building on Jahn Kallis’ graduate work at OSU.  Based on Jahn’s work, we believe that fry may do just as well as fingerlings at Hoover.  We are stocking fry and fingerling in alternate years at Hoover and seven other reservoirs around the state as part of this study.  Hoover was stocked with fry in 2013 and 2015 and was stocked with fingerlings in 2014 and will receive fingerlings again in 2016.  Since the fry are so much smaller than the fingerlings, and consequently will likely have lower survival, we stock them at a much higher rate (1,000 per acre) than we do with fingerlings (100 per acre).  This is the third year of our study and we will assess the potential of fry stockings at our study locations  at the end of 2016.  We will make a decision to stock fry or fingerlings at these locations based on the results of this study.         

          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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