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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.

2018 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 – 32”

Bob McCarthy – 31.5”

Mike Finch – 28”

Joe Hatfield – 31”

Brian Annis – 29”

Jeff Tennant – 28”

Matt Miller – 28”

Lily Gibney - 31"

Tim Van Auken -29"

Ray Beaumier - 27"

Tim Blasczyk - 29"


Kyle Gibney - 40"

Joe Hatfield - 38"

Mike Bloomfield – 35”

Chase Harvey 36”

Gabe Gonzalez - 35"

Bob McCarthy - 35.5"

John McCarthy - 35"

Roy Wade - 37"



Don Grant - 15"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Scott Furst - 13"

Kevin Winters - 13"

Bob McCarthy - 14"

Brian Annis - 14"

Bob McCarthy - 18.5" SM



Brian Annis - 16"

Laura Biteman - 14"


Bryan Chambers - 35"

Dave Funk - 60 lb.

Al Bachman - 26"

Bob McCarthy - 29.5"


Christopher  Melvin - 9" BG



2018 Contributing Reporters (CR)

John Adair

Walt Alexander

Brian Annis

Dan Armitage

Al Bachman

Ray Beaumier

John Biteman

Tim Blasczyk

Mike Bloomfield

Bryan Chambers

Scott Furst

Kyle Gibney

Michael Gifford

Gabe Gonzalez

Joe Hatfield

Chad Karg

Bob McCarthy

Jim O'Connor

David Perry

Ethan Simmons

Jeff Tennant

Tim Van Auken

Huey White

John Windau

Lorraine Winters

Week ending 6/20/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 1.29 feet from full level.  

Extreme heat and storms kept many anglers off the water during the weekend. Bob McCarthy found surface temperatures Friday 72 degrees and ended up at 78 degrees.

CRAPPIE: Friday morning Bob McCarthy trolled the Middle section with Crankbaits in 13-20’ depths and C&R 31 fish up to 12”.  John Adair reported, “I fished a few hours Father’s Day with Dawn. We caught a fair number of fish but no size at all and doubt we even had a keeper. We found the fish around 18’ of water and counted Jigs down to a 15 count to catch them.”  Etan Simmons reports, “John McCarthy and I fished Friday night in North section.  We caught a lot of fish in the center of the reservoir in 14-20’ of water with the biggest being 12” with many keepers.  We caught them on small Crappie Jigs and Twisters.”  Brian Annis reports, “I fished the N-E section 6:30-7:30 a.m. Friday trolling Crankbaits over 10-12’ of water and C&R 3 fish; the first two both hit a Flicker Shad and were about 11", the 3rd fish was a FO (14") that hit a 4" Strike King square bill.” 

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Several anglers reported getting small fish while trolling Crankbaits in Middle section.

BLUE GILL: Jim O’Connor reported he fished the M-W section from, “7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, caught a dozen fish fishing on bottom with Gulp Pink Maggots and Waxworms....all returned to Hoover! Estimate I was about 15-18 feet deep. Most were small.”

BASS: Bob McCarthy C&R a 17.5” fish trolling Friday with Crankbaits in Middle section in 13-20” depths.  John Adair reports, “Troy and I fished Wednesday evening and caught around 20 LM but most were small on Deep Diving Crank Baits and Shakey Head Worms on main lake, wind-blown points. Troy did manage one that went 4.85-lbs. on a digital scale.”  Jeffrey Tennant reported, “My Brother-in-law and I fished Saturday night from 9:30-2:30 a.m. and caught about a dozen using Rubber Worms in about 6’ of water or less. The largest was 18” most were in the 10-12” range.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: While trolling the Middle section on Friday with Crankbaits Bob McCarthy C&R 4 fish up to 23”.  Joe Hatfield reported, “Kyle Gibney and I fished the Northern pool trolling cut Shad from 7 p.m. –midnight Thursday. We only landed 4 fish with one FO (29") male that came out of 12’ of water.”   On Saturday evening Joe Hatfield C&R a FO (31") weighing 14.l – lbs. trolling cut Shad in North section in 10-13’ depths.  Tim Blasczyk fished a cove in M-E section on Sunday with Waxworms and C&R a FO (29”). Brian Annis C&R a 17" fish trolling  a 4" Strike King square bill over 12’ of water in M-E section Sunday.

BLUE CATFISH: Gabe Gonzalez fished Thursday and sent us a picture with the report. “JUST got my FO (35”)! Drifting M-W in 40’ of water. Arm is sore and hands are scraped up but adrenaline is pumping.”  He was in his kayak.  Bob McCarthy was trolling in 13-20’ of water Friday morning using Jointed Shad Rap and C&R a FO (38.5”) of approximately 28-lbs.  Joe Hatfield reported, “Kyle Gibney and I stuck through the multiple mini hurricanes that hit yesterday, Saturday, (0% chance of rain according to the weatherman). It was very slow in the daylight hours and we only managed a handful of small fish. At around 10pm the big fish came out and I landed a pair of FO (37") weighing 22 and 23lbs lbs. We were again using cut Shad trolling in the North section in 10-13’. Most of the big fish came off rigs set out on Planer Boards about 30 feet off the side of the boat.”  Etan Simmons told us, “John McCarthy also caught his first FO in 23’ of water on a Crappie Slider Grub.  It was 20-lbs on the dot.  Heck of a fight on light tackle!  We also caught several small fish in the same area on Crappie Jigs.”   Joe Hatfield fished with Roy Wade Tuesday evening in North section drifting cut Shad in 10-13’ depths.  Roy C&R a FO (37”) 24-lb.



Week ending 6/13/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is -0.91 feet from full level.  

Bob McCarthy reported surface temperatures were 74 degrees in M-E section Tuesday morning. We are in a New Moon phase as lake levels continue to recede slightly in spite of recent rains.

CRAPPIE: Thursday, Walt Alexander reported he and Joe Pa were fishing the M-E section using, “Minnow under Slip Bobber in 10-12' deep.  We caught 201 fish from 5"-12.5", took home 17 that were ~ 11-12".”  Ray Beaumier fished M-E section Thursday evening, “from just before sunset to dark and caught 19 fish and kept seven 10-11" eaters while slow trolling a Double 3-Way Rig with Floating Jig Heads tipped with Minnows 1-2' off the bottom in 11-14' along the shore just outside a cove.”  While fishing for Saugeye Saturday morning in M-E section Scott Furst C&R 14 fish. (See Saugeye report).  Bob McCarthy & Kevin Winters, trolling various Crank Baits in 13-20’ depths in M-E section on Tuesday morning C&R 40 fish up to 12”.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Thursday evening in M-E section Ray Beaumier reports he, “gently handled and released 8 fish in the 8-12" size. 5 were caught on Bottom Bouncers/Night Crawler Harnesses and 3 on various Crank Baits trolled in 11-14' along the flats and points.”  Scott Furst fished early Saturday morning in M-E. He reports that his electronics showed scattered fish and lots of bait on the M-E. Very few fish on the West. I tried Spinners and Slow Death Rigs with little success. Started trolling Crank Baits since large schools of bait had larger fish near them.  I C&R 5 fish 10-12” immediately. The best crank was Rapala Trolls To 15 Shad. I caught fish on other cranks that imitated Shad also but the TT15 caught the best and the most.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: John Adair fished Wednesday evening with Toy Bucher.  He reported, “We caught a handful of LM but most were small.  We found fish on some of their summertime patterns in 10-12 feet of water on Deep Diving Crank Baits.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Tim Van Auken reported, “I went out for about an hour and a half between 9-10:30 p.m. in the M-E side of the lake drifting with cut Bait. I ended up with 2 FO with both going 29”.   They were caught between 10-12’ deep.”  Thursday evening Ray Beaumier reports he, “C&R a FO (27") trolling a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness in 11' on a flat in M-E section.”  Tuesday morning Bob McCarthy & Kevin Winters trolled various Crank Baits in 13-20’ of water in M-E section and C&R 8 fish up to 20”.

BLUE CATFISH: Gabe Gonzalez drifted cut Shad Wednesday night in N-E section down 10’ in 20’ of water and C&R a 24” fish.  On Thursday night Gabe returned to same area and C&R 2 fish up to 12-lb.  On Thursday, Michael Gifford fished the M-E section and C&R a 25” fish as he reports, “We were trolling in about 20’ of water in a cove.  We stopped and I put my Perch/Crappie rod with 4-lb. test into the water.  It had a Jig with a Black/Yellow Plastic, tipped with a Minnow.  I actually set it down on the floor of the boat, and was fumbling with something else, when I saw my rod jerk down really hard.  I grabbed it so it wouldn't go into the lake - and the fight was on.  I can't believe I landed that cat.  Thought for sure my line was going to break, or my rod.”


Week ending 6/6/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is -0.59 feet from full level.  

Lake surface temperatures have risen to 79-81 according to reports from Kyle Gibney.

CRAPPIE: Pete Wilms reported that he and his Brother Stu, fished, “Sunday 10 a. m. caught 15 fish, most 10-12", in 5' of water near shore near brush in M-W section.”  Walt Alexander reported that he and John Biteman and an attendee from Fishing Has No Boundaries, fished “Saturday morning in M-E section with Minnow under Slip Bobber 5-12' deep, and C&R 49 fish up to 10.5".”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: Christopher Melvin C&R a FO (9”) in M-E section Saturday during the Fishing Has No Boundaries event.  Probably over 100 fish were caught in the Middle section of the lake Saturday during the Fishing Has No Boundaries event using Minnows, Wax Worms and Night Crawlers in shallow water.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Saturday morning Matt Miller drifted cut Bait in 12-16’ of water.  He C&R 4 fish including 2 FO (28" & 28") in N-E section.  Pete & Stu Wilms fished, “Sunday morning in M-W section and C&R, a 20" fish in 5" of water near shore on Minnow under Slip Bobber.”  Kyle Gibney fished with his Daughter Lily on Saturday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and he reported, “She got 5 FO with the largest being a 13-lb. (31”).  We were fishing with cut Shad in the North end of the lake in 7-17’ of water.“

BLUE CATFISH:  While drifting cut Bait for Channels on Saturday morning, Matt Miller C&R 6 fish. The biggest two were 33" and 34". The largest fish was just under 19 pounds.  Kyle Gibney’s Daughter Lily C&R 6 fish up to in North section with cut Shad.”  Monday evening in the M-E section in 15’ of water,  Bryan Chambers used cut Shad to C&R a 27” fish.


Week ending 5/30/18  

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is -0.10 feet from full level.  

With summer-like weather, Joe Hatfield reported finding surface temperatures of 76 degrees.  More reduced temperatures are expected for the weekend though anglers will contend with the aftermath of Alberto.

CRAPPIE: Walt Alexander report that he and  John Biteman & Dallas Byram, “ fished M-E section on Wednesday from 7a.m.- noon, around lay-downs and drop-offs in M-E section using Minnow/Slip Bobber 4'-14' deep in 5'-25' of water. They C&R 100 of which 60% were 9”+, the biggest was 12.5".”  On Thursday a.m. they fished same pattern and caught, “105 of which 60% were 9”+, the biggest was 12"”.  On Friday Walt & Cathy Alexander and John & Laura Biteman fished same pattern and, “C &R 68 fish up to 12.5"”.  On Saturday Walt & Cathy fished a different location in M-E section and fished, “6-12' deep in 7-20' of water and C&R 56 fish up to 12.5" around lay-downs”.

WHITE BASS: Brian Annis reports, “I fished the M-W section early Friday from 7:00-8:30 a.m. trolling Flicker Shads over 25-35’ of water and C&R 2 including a FO (16”).  On Sunday from 6:20 till 11:00 a.m. I trolled  Flicker Shads over 15-35 feet of water and C&R 41 fish and the largest 14 fish were FO with 7 from 14-14.75" and 7 more 15-15.75".”  On Friday a.m. in M-E section Laura Biteman used a Minnow/Slip Bobber 12' deep in 25' of water and C&R a FO (14").

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Jeff Tennant reported he “fished from 9:30-12:30 Thursday night – C&R 3 LM from 9-14" - all on Rubber Worm in 3-6' of water in M-E section.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Joe Hatfield fished Thursday and reports, “I drifted the upper section of the lake in 14-16’ and C&R 5 fish using cut Shad including a FO (29").  Based on the coloration of the fish it is about time for them to start making some babies. It should be a productive weekend with the pre-spawn bite.” 

Joe Hatfield reports, “Marc Elwell and I fished the Hoover tourney Saturday and got on some decent fish. We drifted the North end in 9-12’ with cut Shad and caught one FO (28").  The spawn is definitely creeping up quickly and these fish seem to be moving up to their spawning holes.”  While fishing in a cove in M-E section Saturday morning Bryan Chambers C&R a 22’ fish using cut Shad in 15’ depth.  Brian Annis reports, “Friday about 11:00 a.m. got a nice kayak sleigh ride and C&R a FO (29”) trolling a Flicker Shad over 20’ of open water approaching an offshore hump.”  Thursday night while fishing for Bass with a Rubber Worm in M-E section Jeff Tennant C&T a FO (28”) in 3-6’ of water.”  Cathy Alexander, while fishing for Crappie Friday a.m. in M-E section used a Minnow/Slip Bobber 5' deep in 7' of water and C&R a 24" fish.

BLUE CATFISH:  While drifting in North end on Thursday, Joe Hatfield C&R a  FO (36”) using cut Shad in 14-16’ of water.   Mike Bloomfield C&R 7 fish from 18-31” on Saturday in North section using Shad in 10’ depth.     Joe Hatfield C&R 4 FO (between 36" to 38") on Saturday in North section while drifting cut Shad in 9-12’ depths. He reported, “I netted plenty of shad in about 11’.”  Saturday morning Bryan Chambers C&R 4 fish up to 28” using cut Shad in a cove in 15’ depth in M-E section.  Matt Miller reported, “On Monday morning I strolled cut Bait in the N-E section of the lake in 14-16’ of water and C&R 3 fish. The largest fish was 31" and weighed 13-lbs.”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Bryan Chambers fished a cove in M-E section Saturday in 15’ of water and C&R a FO (35”) using cut Shad.


        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.

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.         

 Lorraine Winters (WSM) passed along the news of the  finalization of new Hoover regulations that on October 18th the Ohio Wildlife Council approved for catfish at Hoover:  “Reducing the bag limit to four (4) in the aggregate for channel and blue catfish harvested from Hoover Reservoir.  Additionally, in an effort to develop and promote a trophy catfish fishery, anglers harvesting channel and blue catfish from Hoover Reservoir will be limited to taking only three (3) fish less than 18” and one (1) fish 28 inches or larger.”

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