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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"

Brian Annis - 29"

Jeff Murdock - 28"

Cathy Alexander - 27"

Roy Stein - 26"

Scott Furst - 26"

Brian Baumann - 30"


Joe Hatfield - 40"

Jamie Thomas - 37"

Matt Miller - 37"

Steven Lowe - 37"

Kevin Winters - 38"

Mike Bloomfield - 37"

Brian Annis - 38"



Tim Myers, Sr. - 14"

Walt Alexander - 13.25"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Walt Alexander - 13"

Brian Annis - 13"

Jack Hollerich - 13"

Gayle Nourse - 13"

Michael Gifford – 13 1/8”

Tim Myers, Sr. - 21" LM

Mike Kunkler - 20" LM

Don Grant - 20" LM

Josh Crandall – 20” LM

Kevin Winters - 23" LM


Ted Mosure - 26"

Mike Kunkler - 22"


Bryan Chambers - 14"

Scott Furst - 16"

Brian Annis - 14"


Joe Hatfield – 41”

Scott Furst - 36"





2019 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Danny Adams

Tim Myers, Sr.

Tom Albany

Gayle Nourse

Walt Alexander

Lac Pham

Brian Annis

Gary Romano

Al Bachman

Jonathen Romonovich

Ray Beaumier

Roy Stein

Mike Bloomfield

Jamie Thomas

Dave Bumgarner

Lorraine Winters

Jeanna Burrell

Jay Wuersig

Bill Canfield

Ryan Young

Mark Carnes

Rich Zweifel

David Carter

Bryan Chambers

Tom Critser

Scott Furst

Michael Gifford

Don Grant

Peter Greenberg

Joe Hatfield

Jack Hollerich

Mike Kunkler

Steven Lowe

Matt Miller

Ted Mosure

Jeff Murdock


Week ending 10/9/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 8.52 feet from full level.   Brian Annis found surface temps to be 69-71 degrees in the Middle section on Tuesday  morning.  Brian also submitted the sole report received as follows:

CRAPPIE:  On Tuesday, trolling a Salmo Hornet and a Flicker Shad, usually over 12- 20 feet of water in the M-E, and M-W sections I C&R 7 Crappie.  Best fish was a 12" over about 12 feet on a Flicker Shad, most fish were 10" to 11.5" with a couple as small as 9".

SAUGEYE   On Thursday, trolling a Salmo Hornet over 15-20 feet of water in the M-W section I C&R 1 18.5" Saugeye.

BASS:   On Tuesday, trolling a Flicker Shad in the M-W section, C&R 1 19" LM.

WHITE BASS:   On Tuesday, trolling a Flicker Shad in the M-E section over 12-25 FOW C&R 3 white bass.  The largest was a 14" (FO) caught over about 25 feet.

Week ending 10/2/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 7.78 feet from full level.   Brian Annis found surface temps to be 73 degrees in the North section on Sunday morning.


CRAPPIE: On Thursday, while fishing the S-W section Lac Pham reported, “Caught about 30 fish in 12’- 18’ of water drop-shotting Minnows off the bottom.  Most were 10”-12”.”  Scott Furst reported, “C&R 23 fish, almost all were 11" or larger. They were really nice sized and healthy looking. Must be all those Shad. The best pattern was trolling #7 Shad Raps in 11-13’ of water. The best spots were near deep water, drop offs and the ends of points. Speed was 2 mph. Fish were really concentrated around 20’-15’ but they were not hitting my baits.”  On Tuesday morning Walt Alexander reported that he, John Biteman and Tom Chamness fished the M-E section and, “used Minnow under Slip in 6-12' deep around lay-downs and drop- offs.  We C & R 32, fish 6"-11.5”.”

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Lac Pham trolled the S-E section on Thursday and caught 2 fish using Jointed Shad Raps in 12’-18” of water.  Scott Furst told us, “I never really figured out the Saugeye. I caught 3 but all in different spots with different Cranks. I fished Sat. morning until about 2:30 pm.”  An angler reported fishing the M-E section of the lake on Tuesday a.m. using several Crank Baits he C&R 2 fish including a FO (25”). He was fishing in 15’-20’ depths.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Jeff Murdock reported, “Brian Baumann and I fished the M-E section Saturday from 8 am until 2 pm.  We (mostly Brian) C&R 20+ fish using Shad and Shrimp anchored in around 16’ of water.  Most were in the 18”- 22” range but Brian did catch 2 FO (27”, 30”) (10 lb.).”\ Brian Annis fished N-W section, “Slow trolling with cut Shad and modified Santee rigs over 6-8’ of water and C&R 1 fish 20" long.”

BLUE CATFISH: Stu Wilms C&R 27", 6 lb., fish in 12-15' depth on Monday morning trolling Worm Harness on Bottom Bouncer.  On Sunday morning Brian Annis reported, “Slow trolling with cut Shad and modified Santee rigs in the N-W section over 6-8’ of water C&R a FO (38") 31-lb.”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Scott Furst fished the M-E section on Saturday morning and reported, “The highlight of my day was a FO (36") that hit my Silver Heddon Sonar as I was vertical jigging in 27’of water.”

Week ending 9/25/19

The Next HFR will be October 2nd

Week ending 9/18/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 6.50 feet from full level.  Between the Full Moon and a cold front coming in over weekend, fishing was slow.  Surface temperatures were reported at 73 degrees in Middle section on Monday.

CRAPPIE: On Sunday Roy Stein reported that he, “and, son, Adam, and grand stepson Bennson, fished early to late in the North basin, and caught 3 fish up to 11.5” trolling, mostly at 1.5 mph in 4’-12’ (fish scattered throughout the water column).”  They used a variety of Crank Baits.  An angler reported they caught, “22 fish, the largest 12” in depths 12’-18’using jointed Shad Raps & Bill Norman crank baits.”  They were fishing the M-W section.

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Monday while fishing with Crank Bait in Middle section Kevin Winters C&R 3 fish including a FO (23”) 7 lb. 3 oz. LM in 12’ depth.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Matt Miller reported that he, “strolled and drifted cut Bait in 10-20’ of water on Friday morning in the North section of the lake and C&R 4 fish including 3 FO’s (26.5", 28" & 30"). All the fish were caught in about 12’ of water on the flats next to a channel.”

BLUE CATFISH: Roy Stein, on Sunday while trolling North section with Crank Baits C&R a 20” fish.

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Roy Stein, on Sunday while trolling North section with Crank Baits C&R a 20” fish.

Week ending 9/11/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 5.69 feet from full level. Joe Hatfield reported “The current water temp has been in the 73 degree range”. We are coming into a Full moon on Friday, 9/13.

CRAPPIE: No reports.

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Jay Wuersig fished Monday reporting, “spent 11a.m.-3:30 p.m. trolling M-E and S-W and caught 2-15”  fish trolling Green Spinner/ Bottom Bouncer in 12-15’ of water.” 

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Saturday Ted Mosure fished a cove in M-E section and reported, “got 4 fish within about 20 minutes, starting around 9:30 a.m.  Docked the boat and got 2 more around a dock.  2 nice ones in the group were 15" and 14", the rest 10-11".  All bit in 3-5' of water, in shady areas next to shore on a "Sexy Shad" Crank Bait.”  Jack Hollerich sent us the following: “Went fishing Sunday morning with my best buddy, Josh Crandall. I caught 4 fish (1-17” SM and 3 LM 11-14”) in 4 casts fishing Top Water first thing in the morning. 15 minutes later, Josh landed a FO (20”) SM on a Chatter bait in 5-10’ of water. I finished up with a 12” SM that I caught with a Minnow and Slip Bobber in 5-10’ of water. This was probably our best bass day on Hoover!”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Tom Albany reported, “Around 6 p.m. on Saturday, my wife Donna C&R a 22” fish.  She caught it around a dock using a Minnow.”  Matt Miller reported that he, “strolled cut Bait on Santee rigs Sunday morning in 10-20’ of water in the North section of the lake. He C&R 5 fish including a FO (26.5").  Friday night Joe Hatfield told, “I anchored up in the Middle pool for Flathead in 3’. I ended up catching a FO (31") fish for my efforts on a whole 10" Shad.”

BLUE CATFISH: Stu Wilms trolled a Bottom Bouncer/Worm harness in 10-13’ depth in M-E section Thursday and C&R a 26” fish.  Matt Miller, “C&R 4 fish with the 2 largest measuring 30" and 31".” (Note the big Blues and Channel were in 18’ of water.”)  Joe Hatfield was out Friday and reported, “I pulled an all-nighter and fished solo in the Upper pool hitting 10-24” using cut Shad and live Blue Gill. I ended up catching around 20 fish with the largest going 22 –lb., FO (36"). Most of the other fish were in the 23" to 30" range. The big fish came off a live Blue Gill suspended 3’ below a Bobber in 14’. When the fish hit it came fully out of the water like a Muskie.”  He added, “The blues are hitting higher in the water column and I have been running a 4’ Santee rig or suspending baits 5-6’ from the bottom. Once it gets dark the fish are feeding way higher up in the water column and I tend to suspend baits 3-6’ below the surface. Joe also sent us, “Kyle Gibney and I fished the Upper pool and the Middle pool in 6-30’ depths using cut Shad and cut Blue Gill on Sunday. We ended up catching 4 small fish.”  (Joe added, “Shad and Blue Gill have been holding tight to sandy/rocky banks in 2-5’.)  Jay Wuersig fished Monday trolling a Green Spinner/ Bottom Bouncer in 12-15’ of water and caught a 21” fish.” 

FLATHEAD CATFISH: While fishing Sunday, Joe Hatfield told of, “a rare appearance from "Bubba" a FO (41") 36-lb. It hit cut Blue Gill in the N-W section in 14.5’.” 




 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."

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.”



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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.