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HOOVER FISHING REPORT

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.  

To help everyone receive maximum enjoyment when fishing Hoover Reservoir, we ask for your support. Please take a minute and share some of the information of your recent fishing experience in the form provided for below.  To be helpful to everyone, it would be appreciated if you would include some information about "patterns". (If you do NOT want your name published, please inform us in the “Comment” box and we’ll refer to you as “An angler” and we'll honor your wishes. However we do have to have your name submitted with the report.)  We will also appreciate your input on ways we can make this page more beneficial to you.  Please submit reports by Tuesday evening as we would like to report only current information.

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NEWS & EVENTS AT HOOVER

Hoover Fishing Report    Copyright © 2020  All Rights Reserved.

CODES:

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.

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF CHANGES IN QUALIFYING SIZES FOR FISH OHIO AS OF 2018

CARP - 28”

LARGEMOUTH BASS - 20"

SMALLMOUTH BASS - 18"

CHANNEL CATFISH - 26"


WALLEYE - 25"

 MUSKY - 40"

CRAPPIE - 13"

ROCK BASS, SUNFISH - 9"

WHITE BASS - 14"

FLATHEAD CATFISH - 35"

SAUGEYE - 21"

YELLOW PERCH - 12"

BLUE CATFISH - 35"

LONG NOSE GAR - 34"

SUCKER - 20"

CHANNEL CATFISH



CHANNEL CATFISH

CHANNEL CATFISH

BLUE CATFISH


CRAPPIE

CRAPPIE


BASS

SAUGEYE


WHITE BASS


FLATHEAD CATFISH


CARP

BLUEGILL, ROCK BASS, SUNFISH


LONG NOSE GAR


YELLOW PERCH

2021 Contributing Reporters (CR)

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SAUGEYE - WALLEYE NEWS - HOOVER

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

Saugeye

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















 6/17/20- 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%

                                                                                                                  Total =             595,684  

Hoover did great this year, receiving just over 100% of the requested walleye fingerlings (288,576 total) and a bit over 106% of the requested saugeye fingerlings (307,108 total). As you likely know, Marty and the staff from District One are in the process of evaluating saugeye vs. walleye during the next few years.

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 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.