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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.  

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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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.

2020 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"




Zander Young - 37"

Mike Bloomfield - 35"



Jim Silvania -13"

Dan Brooks - 14.5"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 14.75"

Tom Critser - 14.5"

Scott Furst - 23" LM



Ted Mosure - 14.5"


Patrick McCarthy - 37"





2020 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Al Bachman

Mike Bloomfield

Dan Brooks

Jeanna Burrell

Bill Canfield

Tom Critser

Scott Furst

Patrick McCarthy

Ted Mosure

Tim Myers, Sr.

Melanie Rine

Jim Silvania

Roy Stein

Lorraine Winters

Ryan Young

Week ending 5/20/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is + 3.84 feet from full level (Extreme flood stage).  Bill Canfield reported surface temperatures of 65 degrees Saturday.  We are coming into a New Moon.

CRAPPIE: Ted Mosure fished the M-E section Thursday evening and reported that he, “caught 5 nice fish 8 1/2”- 10” on a White Twister Tail Jig in 5-6’ of water just outside the bushes”.  On Friday evening he caught 2 with biggest 12” in 4-5’ depth.   Melanie Rine reported that her husband Rob “has been catching a mess of fish, several 12", and one 12" 3/4" in N-W section, Thursday during day and Friday at night, 3’ down on Bass Minnows”.  Bill & Paula Canfield fished Saturday and caught 4 fish and he reported, “Most of the fish we saw on sonar were in the bottom half of the water column, and in very deep water.  Over half of the fish were within a few feet of the bottom, and apparently not active.  We found very few fish in shallow water.  It seems as though the unsettled weather and rain have delayed the majority of spawning activity”.  Dan Brooks fished the N-W section Saturday afternoon and reports, “I tossed a Minnow under a Bobber around a fresh lay-down and landed 2 but slow going. I explored and found a little area that had gravel, roots, a channel, deep water near. I side scanned a huge school in 6’ of water staged off the structure. It was on like Donkey Kong, every fish was over 12” with 17 over FO (13.5”), 3 over 14” and C&R a FO (14.5”) female dropping eggs. I landed 38 fish and invited 16 home for dinner.”  Roy Stein sent us: “On Friday, I fished alone in N-W section, Minnow-over-Bobber (light Jigs, White Tube baits seemed most productive), taking home 8 fish >10" during the mid-day.  Adam joined me on Saturday, fished most of the day and took 18 fish > 10" home, catching fish shallow (3-5') and deep (10-20'), handling very few smaller fish and not many deep in the brush.”

WHITE BASS: On Friday evening Ted Mosure fished the M-E section using a “Sexy Shad Crankbait on the surface over deep water”, he C&R a FO (14.5”).

SAUGEYE: Ted Mosure caught a 15.5” on a Crankbait in 4-5’ of water in M-E section Friday evening.  

BLUEGILL: No report.

BASS: Ted Mosure caught an 11” SM Friday evening in M-E section on White Twister Tail in 3-4’ depth. .


BLUE CATFISH: Ryan Young reported that his 11 year old son, Zander, fished Sunday in the North section in 8’ of water using cut up Bluegill, soaked in Chicken Liver Blood and C&R a FO (37”) 25 lbs. Ryan reported it was, “Fifteen minutes of patience and playing this behemoth in on a ZEBCO 606.”


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.

Week ending 5/27/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is + 0.05 feet from full level.  Mike Bloomfield reported surface temperatures of 78 degrees Sunday.  

CRAPPIE: Tom Critser reported, “I was fishing with my wife Juli Saturday afternoon, M-E section. We were fishing Minnows under a Bobber in brush 4’ deep. Quantity wasn't there but quality was, we had 1 10", 2 -11" and the best of the day my FO (14 1/2").  All fish were C&R for other anglers to catch.”  He later added, “Fishing Monday with my family M-E section in about 5' of water. We were fishing Minnows under a Bobber and C&R 17 fish ranging from 10" to 12 1/2".”  On Tuesday while trolling Perch colored Crankbaits, Al Bachman and Don Grant caught 9 fish up to 12” in M-E section.  Tuesday evening Ted Mosure fished the M-E section and reported he, “C&R 3 fish 9-10” on White Twister Tail 1/8-oz.  in 5-6’ of water at and after nightfall”.  

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Al Bachman & Don Grant trolled M-E section Tuesday and caught 3 fish up to 16” using Perch colored Crankbaits.

BLUEGILL: No report.

BASS: No report.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Monday, while fishing for Crappie with Minnow/Bobber in M-E section in 5” of water, Tom Critser told us: “My daughter Amy C&R 2 fish, 18" and 20-1/2"”.

BLUE CATFISH: Mike Bloomfield fished Sunday in M-E section using Shrimp in 8’ depth and C&R 2 fish including a FO (35”).  Al Bachman reported that he and Don Grant were fishing the M-E section Tuesday and Don C&R 3 fish up to 30” using Perch colored Crankbait.


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.




 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.