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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.

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. (New URL)

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


CARP - 28”





 MUSKY - 40"









SUCKER - 20"


Connie Sauter – 28”

Trudy McClaskey – 27”

Mike Bloomfield – 37”

Jim Horan - 30"

Kevin Winters - 32"

Mike Powers - 28"

Rhyan Messmer – 29”

Jorden Messmer – 28”
Tony Vannelle - 28"

Don Grant - 30.5"

Tim Myers, Sr. – 30”

Tom Critser - 27"

Chad Karg - 34"

Brian Annis – 27.5”

Gayle Nourse – 28”

George Winters - 26.5"

Cathy Alexander - 28"

Matt Miller - 30"

Jeff Mudock - 28"

Zander Young - 37"

Mike Bloomfield - 40"

John Kuenzli – 37.5”

Matt Miller - 36"

Steve Dole – 36”

Kyle Gibney - 35"

Joe Hatfield - 37"

Tony Vannelle - 35-1/8"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 38"

Jamie Thomas - 38"

Jim Silvania -13"

Dan Brooks - 14.5"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 14.75"

Tom Critser - 14.5"

Ted Mosure - 13"

Bob McCarthy - 13.5"

Kevin Winters - 13"

Adam Stein - 13.5"

Tim Tobin – 13”


Scott Furst - 13.5"

Walt Alexander - 13.5"
Ryan Young -13"

Zander Young - 13"

Matt Miller – 13”

Scott Furst - 23" LM

Tim Meyers, Sr. - 20" LM

Brian Annis – 21.5” LM


Kevin Winters - 21"


Ted Mosure - 14.5"

Adam Ward - 14"

Zander Young - 15"

Jay Wuersig - 14"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 16"


Patrick McCarthy - 37"

Joe Hatfield - 40"

Brian Wamsley - 29"

Bob McCarthy - 35"


Zander Young - 40"

Bob McCarthy - 34"

Kevin Winters - 34.25"

Jamie Thomas - 38"


2020 Contributing Reporters (CR)

John Adair

Scott Hale

Adam Ward

Walt Alexander

Joe Hatfield

Pete Wilms

Brian Annis

Daniel Kent

Lorraine Winters

Al Bachman

Chad Karg

Jay Wuersig

Ray Beaumier

Roger Lovsey

Ryan Young

Tim Blasczyk

Marty Lundquist

Mike Bloomfield

Bob McCarthy

Darrin Bright

Patrick McCarthy

Dan Brooks

Trudy McClaskey

Jeanna Burrell

Rhyan Messmer

Fred Bury

Matt Miller

Bill Canfield

Ted Mosure

Mark Carnes

Jeff Murdock

David Carter

Tim Myers, Sr.

Bryan Chambers

Lac Pham

Joseph Conroy

Mike Powers

Michael Cole

Jeff Rigg

Tom Critser

Melanie Rine

Steve Dole

Ken Roslan

Warren Enders

Connie Sauter

Scott Furst

Jim Silvania

Michael Gifford

Roy Stein

Paul Goodman

Jamie Thomas

Don Grant

Tony Vannelle

Peter Greenberg

Jeff Wamsley

Week ending 10/14/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 9.02 feet from full.  Scott Furst reported surface temperatures of 62 degrees on Saturday.  He also added, “The lake has turned over. There were fish on the electronics from surface to 40’. The larger fish seemed to be in a zone from 15-30’ deep.” We are coming into a New Moon on Friday.

CRAPPIE:  Paul Goodman reported he fished Friday evening for 2 hours and caught 10 fish 9-12” in 3’ deep in 15’ of water using Minnows in a cove in M-E section.”  Scott Furst fished Saturday in M-W section and reported he caught, “12 fish vertical jigging a ½- oz. Sonar in 20-30’ depths.”  He added, “I did see some large concentrations of fish but most fish are still scattered in deep water. It makes fishing tough, but it's still a nice time on the lake.”  Ted Mosure reported that Mike Bloomfield was “catching fish with Minnows on M-E section near the bottom in 15' of water on Saturday.”  Ray Beaumier reported, “Thursday afternoon I slow trolled a triple 3-way rig in 12-18’ depths over deep water points and humps in the M-E & M-W sections and caught 23 fish.  Eight of the fish were in the 10-12” size range.  For bait I used Floating Jig Heads tipped with Crappie Minnows.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: Trolling a Flicker Shad in M-W section on Saturday, Scott Furst caught 3 fish from 12 -15”.

BLUEGILL: No reports.

: On Wednesday Jeff Murdock fished the M-E section told us, “ I C&R a 15” LM using Minnows under a Slip Bobber fishing 5’ down in 10’ of water.” Ted Mosure reported he fished Friday evening in M-E section and hooked 2 LM ~13” one on a Crank Bait and one on a Plastic Worm.  Ted Mosure reported that Mike Bloomfield, while fishing for Crappie, caught an 18.5” LM Saturday afternoon.

: Jeff Murdock reported, “I fished the M-E pool Wednesday afternoon with my Dad Gene Murdock.   We C&R 3 fish in the range of 18 – 23”.  Fished the bottom in 10’ of water using Shad.”  Jeff then told us, “My wife Michele and I fished Sunday from 1-4 p.m. from a docked boat on the M-E side.  We fished with Shad on the bottom in 3’ of water. Michele C&R a 16” and 2- 20” fish and I C&R a 22” and a FO (28”) 10-lb. fish.”

BLUE CATFISH: Scott Furst was fishing M-W section on Saturday and reported, “I caught one fish trolling a Flicker Shad.”


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR: No report.

Week ending 10/7/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –8.84 feet from full.  

CRAPPIE:  Walt Alexander reported that on Saturday he and James Alexander & Tim Tobin, “C&R 61 fish up to Tim’s FO (13”) on Minnow under Slip Bobber 6-10’ down around lay downs in M-E.  It was Tim’s 4th FO for the year of 4 different species.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: No reports.

BLUEGILL: No reports.

: No reports.

: Michael Gifford fished the Middle section Saturday and reported, “Trolled an Erie Dearie with a Nightcrawler around drop offs - starting at 20' all the way to 35'.  Finally got some action.  C&R 6 fish - ranging from just under 18", all the way up to 26".”  On Monday Steve Dole fished with Crank Baits in a cove in M-E section and caught fish up to 3-lbs.”

BLUE CATFISH: Tony Vannelle fished in the evenings and “Caught 3 fish up to 27” in Middle section from 14’-32’ on Shrimp and Shad, drifting from west side of lake to east.”  On Friday Steve Dole, “Trolled Crank Baits about 6’ deep in cove across on M-E and caught 4 fish up to 3 lbs.” 


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR: No report.

Week ending 9/30/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 8.63 feet from full.  We saw water temperatures on Saturday evening to be 69 degrees.  Thursday is a New Moon.

CRAPPIE:  On Wednesday, Pete & Stu Wilms trolled the M-E section with Jointed Shad Raps in 10-12” depths and caught 9 fish up to 12.5”.  Walt Alexander reports that he and John Biteman, “Fished the M-E in a cove on Saturday morning and  C&R 73 fish up to 12.5”, using a Minnow under Slip Bobber in 6-10’ around lay downs.” Ray Beaumier reported that he, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points at 1.5 – 2.0 mph on Friday evening in 12-17' depths using various Crankbaits and a Bottom Bouncer/Nightcrawler Harness and only caught 3 fish.   An additional 5 fish were caught on a White/Chartreuse Tube Jig or a 1/64 – oz. White Hair Jig both tipped with ½ Gulp Maggot, casting between branches in laydowns.“

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: Ray Beaumier reports he, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points at 1.5 – 2.0 mph on Friday evening in 12-17' depths and C&R a 13” & 18” fish on a Bottom Bouncer/Nightcrawler Harness.  Both fish were caught in close sequence right about dusk.”

BLUEGILL: No reports.

: On Thursday evening Ted Mosure used a Flicker Shad in ~ 5” of water  and C&R an 18” LM.

: No reports.

BLUE CATFISH: Steve Dole, in his kayak on Friday, reported, “On the way to the dam, I trolled Crankbaits in the deeper water and caught a 26”, 7 lb. fish.“   Tim Myers, Sr. reported he fished Friday morning, “trolling a KVD  Black Sexy Shad, running 12’ deep  and about 2 mph on S-E side, I C&R a FO (38”).”   It was Tim’s 5th FO specie caught this year at Hoover.  Fishing with Kyle Gibney on Saturday evening in South & Middle pools, using suspended cut Shad and moving at 0.5 mph, between us we C&R 4 fish including Kyle’s FO (36”).  


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR: No report.

Week ending 9/23/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 8.38 feet from full.  We saw water temperatures on Monday evening to be 70 degrees.

CRAPPIE:  Matt Lovsey reported, “been doing well trolling Flicker Shad in the South pool in 13’ of water. Catching nice size keeper fish and filling freezer up. They like the Purple #5 Jointed 3 to 1 over the other Flickers.”

WHITE BASS: While trolling Flicker Shads in South pool in ~13’ depths, Roger Lovsey reports that he’s been doing well in getting these.

SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: No reports.

BLUEGILL: No reports.

:No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Monday evening while fishing with Joe Hatfield we C&R 2 FO (28”, 20”) drifting cut Bait near bottom in ~20’ in North pool.  Matt Miller sent us, “On Friday morning I drifted cut Bait in the North end of the lake in 10-14’ of water and C&R a FO (27.5").”

BLUE CATFISH: Lac Pham reported, “My kids Vincent and Violette got around 6 fish Monday from 25”- 28” drifting Shad in Middle section, 20’ deep”.  Monday night we fished with Joe Hatfield in Middle section drifting suspended cut Bait 5-10’ deep in ~20’ of water.  We C&R 3 between us up to ~20”.  Matt Miller drifted with cut Bait on Friday morning in 10-14’ of water and C&R a 27” fish.   


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR: No report.




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


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.


 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.