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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 – 32”

Bob McCarthy – 31.5”

Mike Finch – 28”

Joe Hatfield – 32”

Brian Annis – 29”

Jeff Tennant – 28”

Matt Miller – 32.5”

Lily Gibney - 31"

Tim Van Auken -29"

Ray Beaumier - 27"

Tim Blasczyk - 29"

John Cannaday - 28"
Joe Looby - 34"

Al Bachman - 28"

Nick Culver - 30"

Joey Hatfield, Jr. - 28.5"

Stu Wilms - 28"

Don Driscoll - 31"

Mark Blevault - 29"


Kyle Gibney - 40"

Joe Hatfield - 40"

Mike Bloomfield – 35”

Chase Harvey -36”

Gabe Gonzalez - 35"

Bob McCarthy - 38.5"

John McCarthy - 35"

Roy Wade - 37"

Brooke Thomas - 35.5"
Charlotte Hatfield - 39.75"

Lance Hackworth - 37"

Kate Anthony - 40"

Dan Brooks - 36"

Amanda Johnson - 39"

Brian Annis – 35.5”

Mark Blevault - 35"


Don Grant - 15"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Scott Furst - 13"

Kevin Winters - 14.5"

Bob McCarthy - 15.5"

Brian Annis - 14"
Tim Blasczyk – 13”

Bob McCarthy - 19" SM
Don Grant - 20.5" LM

Craig Schorling - 21.5" SM

Jeff Tennant - 20" LM


Bob McCarthy - 22"


Brian Annis - 16"

Laura Biteman - 14"

Bob McCarthy - 14.5"

Tim Blasczyk - 16"

Pete Wilms - 14"


Bryan Chambers - 35"

Dave Funk - 60 lb.

Joe Hatfield - 38"

Craig Shirey – 47 lb.

Al Bachman - 26"

Bob McCarthy - 29.5"


Christopher  Melvin - 9" BG



2018 Contributing Reporters (CR)

John Adair

Lac Pham

Walt Alexander

Mike Powers

Brian Annis

Craig Schorling

Dan Armitage

Ethan Simmons

Al Bachman

Kenny Simpson

Ray Beaumier

Jeff Tennant

John Biteman

Jamie Thomas

Tim Blasczyk

Tim Van Auken

Mike Bloomfield

Huey White

John Cannaday

John Windau

Bryan Chambers

Lorraine Winters

Don Driscoll

Andy Elliott

Scott Furst

Kyle Gibney

Michael Gifford

Gabe Gonzalez

Joe Hatfield

Chad Karg

Joe Looby

Bob McCarthy

Matt Miller

Lewis Mould

Jim O'Connor

David Perry

              The next Hoover Fishing Report (HFR) will be in April 2019

Week ending 10/10/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.69 feet from full level.

CRAPPIE: On Friday, Lac Pham fished S-E section and reported he, “caught well over 40 fish Drop-Shotting Minnows in 12’-20’ of water on the side of humps.  Most were 10”-12”.  Also caught a couple on a Gold ¼- oz. Vib-e on cast/retrieve.”  Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier told us that he, “trolled the M-E & M-W sections in 12’-17’ depths with a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness and a #3 Silver Mepps Spinner with a single hook/Chartreuse Twister tail behind a 1/4 oz rubber core sinker and C&R 10 fish. Six of the fish were in the 10-12" size range.”

: Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier reports that he, “trolled the M-E & M-W sections in 12’-17’ of water with a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness and a #3 Silver Mepps Spinner with a single hook/Chartreuse Twister tail behind a ¼- oz. rubber core sinker and C&R 8 fish up to 12" long.”

SAUGEYE: Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier reported that he, “trolled the Middle East and West Sections  in 12’-17’ of water with a  Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness and C&R four 13" fish.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Kyle Gibney C&R a FO (29”) while drifting cut Shad in North section on Sunday.

BLUE CATFISH:.Kyle Gibney sent us this report, “Hoover has been pretty slow lately but I get a nice fish here and there.  I went out Wednesday and got a 25-lb. FO (37") in 24' in the north pool on cut Shad.”  On Friday Kyle C&R a 26-lb. FO (38") in 25' in the North pool using cut Bait.  Joe Hatfield reports, “Kyle Gibney and I fished the Flatheadblues tournament on Sunday. It was a grind for all teams involved as the fish were not too interested in feeding. We drifted the Northern pool using cut Shad and staying in the 18-28’ range. We caught 6 fish with the largest being my 34" fish.”  On Tuesday Joe tells us he, “I went out solo and drifted the North pool using cut Shad targeting 17-25’ depths.  I ended up with 2 fish going 30" and 33". Hopefully the cool fall weather coming this weekend will turn things around.”



Week ending 10/3/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.45 feet from full level.

CRAPPIE: Michael Gifford trolled the M-E section on Thursday and reported that he, “Caught a bunch of fish today up to 12” trolling with Bass Minnows in 10-12’ of water.”  Tom Critser reported, “Monday I took my wife (Juli) fishing for her birthday. We fished late morning into the afternoon in the M-E and S-E pools and C&R 43 fish. We were fishing in 25' of water about 10' down using Minnows under a Bobber. Most fish were 9"-10" with a few up to 12".”

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Michael Gifford fished the M-E section and reported, “I know a lot of people think Saugeye are gone at Hoover, but these pics prove otherwise.  Caught one yesterday, and one today.  Both around 12".  Caught them trolling the M-E side of lake with an Erie Dearie and a Night Crawler in 10-12’ depths.”. 

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Thursday night Joe Hatfield fished the North section using cut Shad in 20-25’ of water and C&R 3 fish including a FO (29”). Joe fished Saturday night with Mark Blevault in North section drifting cut Shad in 19-27’ depths.  Joe C&R a FO (29”) and Mark C&R a FO (29”).

BLUE CATFISH:. Joe Hatfield reported that he, “Hit the North section with Kyle Gibney Thursday night. We targeted 20-25’ drifting cut Shad. I ended up C&R 7 fish with the biggest being FO (37", 35").”  Michael Gifford trolled a Bass Minnow in M-E section Thursday in 10-12’ depth and caught a 20’ fish.  Stu Wilms , on Friday morning, C&R a 24", 4.5-lb. fish he caught trolling a Crank Bait in M-E section 12'-15' deep in 28' depth.  Joe Hatfield sent us, “I fished the FlatheadBlues tournament on Saturday with Mark Blevault, an accomplished Catfish angler on the national scene. We ended up catching around 16 fish.  We drifted up North using big cuts of Shad in 19-27’. I landed one FO (37") and Mark landed a FO (35").  With a cooler weather last week, the fish started heating up. I don't know how it's going to be with this warm weather moving through. We ended up winning the tournament.”



Week ending 9/26/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.69 feet from full level.

We are in a Full Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk informed us, “I caught 30 fish Saturday morning in 15’ of water 6-8’ down. Minnow under a Bobber in the M-E section. All fish were caught between 9 and 11a.m. and ranged from 9”-13”.”

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  Brian Annis sent us the following, “Fished the M-W section Sunday morning and C&R one 12.5" LM trolling a Bomber 6A Crank Bait over 12’ of water.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Tom Critser reported, “I was fishing with my wife Juli Saturday afternoon in the M-E section. We were fishing in 18'-24' of water using Shrimp suspended under a Bobber about 15' down. We caught 4 fish including Juli's FO (28") and my FO (27").”  Don Driscoll told us, “While fishing off the bank in M-E cove Saturday, around 10 a.m., I landed and released a FO (31").  I was fishing on the bottom with Raw Shrimp. I hooked one earlier but it straightened out the hook and got off.”   Matt Miller informed us, “Sunday morning I drifted Cut Bait in 12-18’ of water in the North section of the lake. I C&R five fish including two FO (26" & 27") on Santee rigs.”

BLUE CATFISH: Brian Annis reported, “I fished the N-W section Saturday morning slow trolling Shad over 20-22’ of water and at 7:10 a.m. C&R a FO (35.5") on an 8-1/2" whole Shad.  The bait was alive when it went back in the water; not so much when the fish gave it back.” Matt Miller fished Sunday a.m. in North section and C&R three fish with the largest being 23" using Cut Bait.


The next HFR will be September 26th

Week ending 9/5/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 4.32 feet from full level.

Joe Hatfield found surface temperatures to be 83 degrees on Monday. We will have a New Moon on Sunday.

CRAPPIE: Ray Beaumier reports that he, “caught 20 fish Friday evening trolling 1.0 - 1.5 mph in 12-20' bottom depths with various Hard Baits running 4 - 8' deep with the fish likely feeding on the suspended Shad schools.  Ten of the fish were in the 10-12" range.  Two top producing lures were a 2" Silver Shad Jointed Shad Rap and a Strike King Mini-King Spinner Bait w/Chartreuse Twister Tail and a 1/4 oz. rubber core sinker 2’ up the line to sink it to the 4-6' depth range.”  Ray was fishing M-E section.  John Biteman reports that he and, “Walt Alexander went out Labor Day 7-10 a.m. in M-E and caught 35 fish using Minnows under a Slip Bobber in 8’-20’ of water fishing at depths between 5’ & 12’.” 

: On Monday while trolling a Crank bait in M-E section in 12-14’ depths Pete Wilms C&R a FO (14”).

SAUGEYE: Ray Beaumier reports that he, “C&R 3 fish (12-14") Friday evening caught trolling a Bottom-Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness 15' deep on the flats.  Chartreuse/White continues to be the preferred blade color.”  On Monday Pete Wilms trolled a Crank Bait in 12-15’ depth ion M-E section and C&R a 13.5" fish.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS:  No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Joe Hatfield fished the North section on Monday and caught 3 fish drifting Shad in 13- 25’.  He used whole Shad in about 5-6" depth.  Joe Hatfield reports that he and Kyle Gibney, “fished the Flathead Blues tournament on Saturday. It was our worst showing of the year and we took 5th. Fortunately, we survived hurricane Hoover. A lot of folks struggled that night. We caught 6 fish with largest being FO (29”).  All but one came off Blue Gill cut filet style.” The channels came from deeper water.  Joe went out Monday and reported, “I fished the north section. In 15-28’ using Blue Gill. I ended up with 3 fish including 2 FO (28", 31”).”  Matt Miller fished the North end Sunday using cut Bait and C&R a FO (30.25").

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield reported, “I fished the North section on Monday drifting Shad in 13-25’.  I 2 fish. Largest was 34". All fish came off whole shad about 5-6".”   Joe Hatfield & Kyle Gibney fished Saturday night and caught 2 fish, the largest was 30”.  Only one 20-lb. + fish was weighed in the tournament.  On Monday Joe fished the North section and caught 2 fish including a FO (40”) that came from 14 ft. using Shad. Joe further stated, “It is still miserably slow compared to prior years. I can understand not catching big fish all the time, but the absence of little fish is puzzling. Typically a slow night would be 10 to 15 fish with a mixed bag of big and small fish. Since mid-June, a good night is 8-10. It really has me scratching my head.”  In a subsequent email Joe added, “The catch numbers are down, but my experience has been the quality of fish has been up. I have put a lot of big fish in the boat this year.   What I have noticed is they are very picky on how the bait is presented. One day they will prefer a certain rig, bait, or even how the bait is cut. Once you find the right combo you will catch fish. Then you go out two days later and they want a different presentation. What I notice, especially in tournament fishing, is too many folks get dialed in on one specific presentation and are hesitant to change things up.” Bryan Chambers fished Monday in M-E section and C&R a 34” fish in. 15” depth trolling Bottom Bouncers with Shad in M-E section. Matt Miller sent us this, “I was able to get on the lake on Friday and Sunday morning. On Friday morning I drifted cut Bait in the North section of the lake in 10-20” of water. I C&R 9 fish with the largest about 26". Most of the fish were caught in 10-12’ of water using a Santee rig. On Sunday morning I strolled cut Bait in the North section of the lake in 8-20’ of water. I C&R 4 fish with the two largest measuring 29" and 30".”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: During the Saturday night Flathead Blues tournament Joe Hatfield reported “The winner, Craig Shirey, caught a 47-lb. Flathead.”  Bryan Chambers C&R a 24” fish trolling Bottom Bouncers at 15’ using 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.  

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.”

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.         

          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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