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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.

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.


CARP - 28”





 MUSKY - 40"









SUCKER - 20"


Mike Bloomfield -32"

Tony Vannelle - 29"

Bob McCarthy - 27"

Matt Bonnell - 28"

Stu Wilms - 27"

Emily Abrams - 27"

Jeff Murdock - 26"

Matt Miller - 28"

Kevin Kern - 30"


Mike Bloomfield - 35"

Joe Hatfield - 38"

Bob McCarthy – 39.25”

Kevin Harper – 40.75”

Scott Furst - 35"

Brian Annis - 36"

Rork Mattews - 13"

Ted Mosure - 13"

Scott Furst - 14"

Mike Bloomfield - 13.5"

Michael Gifford – 13.5”

Tom Critser – 13”

Bobbie Kinker – 13”

Rick Stelzer 13.5”

Walt Alexander – 13.5”


Bob McCarthy - 16.5"

Brian Annis - 14"

Bob McCarthy - 21.25 LM

David Carter - 20" SM

Al Bachman - 21.5" LM

Don Grant - 21.75" LM


Roy Stein - 22.5"

Ted Mosure - 21"

Scott Furst - 24.5"


Bob McCarthy - 16"




Brian Annis - 38.5"


2021 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Don Abrams

Rork Matthews

Walt Alexander

Bob McCarthy

Brian Annis

Mike Meyer

Al Bachman

Jim Miller

Tim Blasczyk

Matt Miller

Ray Beaumier

Ted Mosure

Mike Bloomfield

Jeff Murdock

Matt Bonnell

Nick Radabaugh

Geary Bradley

Greg Silbaugh

Darrell Brown

Jim Silvania

Bill Canfield

Roy Stein

Mark Carnes

Rick Stelzer

David Carter

Jeff Tennant

Bryan Chambers

Pete Wilms

Michael Cole

Lorraine Winters

Tom Critser

Rich Zweifel

Warren Enders

Mark Fallert

Scott Furst

Michael Gifford

Kevin Harper

Joe Hatfield

Chad Karg

Kevin Kern

John Logan



Week ending 8/25/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 2.63 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: Roy Stein told us he, “Trolled along the N-E basin in 12-16’ on Wednesday with Salmo Hornet 5 (Green over Yellow) and Flicker Minnow 7 (slick Fire Tiger) baits at 10-12’ and C&R about 20 fish, with only six 10-11”.”  Pete & Stu Wilms fished Friday in M-E section and caught 7 fish, 9-12”, in 10-15' depths using Jointed Shad Raps   On Sunday morning Pete & Stu Wilms and Neal Gorsuch fished the M-E section and caught 11 fish in 10-15' of water using Jointed Shad Raps and Bottom Bouncers.  Al Bachman reported, “Went out with my Son-in-law and Grandson Sunday and we caught 26 fish as we fished the Middle and S-E areas with Gold and Silver Flicker Shads in 9-15’ of water.” Al also reported he fished with Don Grant on Monday and they caught 20 fish with 3 keeper fish in the 11” range.   Michael Gifford reported that he, “C&R 10 fish 9"-11", while he trolled a drop weight and Minnow in the Middle section on Sunday.”  On Tuesday he reported, “Trolled Middle section again, with a variety of rigs - Erie Dearie with Night Crawler, Flicker Shad, Lindy Rig with Minnows and Night Crawlers and drop weight with Minnows.  Was really slow today and only caught couple of fish”. 

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Stu Wilms fished Wednesday in M-E section in 12-15’ depths and caught an 18" fish using a Worm Harness with Bottom Bouncer.  Al Bachman caught a 14” fish Monday in S-E section using Flicker Shad.  

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Monday, while fishing in S-E section using Flicker Shads, Al Bachman C&R a FO (21.5”) LM.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Several anglers reported getting 1 or 2 fish while trolling in various parts of the lake in various depths.

BLUE CATFISH: On Friday morning while fishing the M-E section, Stu Wilms caught 3 fish up to 25” trolling Jointed Shad Raps in 10-15' depths.  Al Bachman & Don Grant caught 2 fish in S-E on Monday while trolling Flicker Shads in 9-15’ depths.

: No reports.

Week ending 8/18/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –2.04 feet from full level.  We’ll have a Full Moon Sunday.

CRAPPIE: Tom Critser sent us, “Fishing with Gregg Maguire Wednesday morning, trolled Flicker Shad lures in about 10' of water in the N-E section. We C&R about 10 fish all 10"-11".”  Scott Furst fished Sunday in South & Middle section and reported that, “Trolling spinners turned out to be a terrific way to catch a bunch of fish in 15’ of water”.  Warren Enders reported that he and  Dan Enders, “fished Middle pool on Saturday morning. Trolled at 1.8 mph and C&R 14 fish 6-10” using Flicker Shads & Hot n Tots.” Pete Wilms reported that he and Stu Wilms fished in M-E section Saturday a.m. and caught 12 fish using a Jointed Shad in 10-15’ depths.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Scott Furst fished Sunday and sent us that he C&R, “7 fish and 4 were 20-24”. I trolled Crank Baits for the fish I marked on my electronics around 20’ of water and caught a few Crappies. I noticed as the day went on that larger marks were rising up to around 15 FOW so I switched to Crank Baits that would run about 13’deep and it was a quick flurry of feeding around 10:30 during which I caught the 4 larger fish. They all hit when the baits were in water around 20-24’ deep. They were all near shallow water that dropped into deeper water but they were not in the shallows. So they were suspended or they came up and hit. I don't really know which is correct. I caught most of them on Flicker Shads in Chrome Silver and a Chrome Purple. Two came on a Rapala TT15.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Sunday Scott Furst trolled Crank Baits and C&R 2 LM in South & Middle pool.

CHANNEL CATFISH:  Tom Critser reported, “While trolling Flicker Shad in the N-E section Wednesday morning, I C&R a 19" fish”.  On Sunday Scott Furst trolled Crank Baits and C&R 11 fish in South & Middle pool.  Brian Bauman fished Thursday evening in M-E in 10’ of water with cut Blue Gill and C&R a 20” fish.

BLUE CATFISH: Warren & Dan Enders used Flicker Shads & Hot n Tots to C&R 4 fish up to 24” in the Middle section on Saturday. Jeff Murdock reported that he and Brian Bauman, “fished Thursday evening in the M-E pool from 6-9 p.m. in 10' of water using cut Blue Gill on the bottom and C&R a 24” fish.”

: No reports.

Week ending 8/11/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 1.89 feet from full level.  Brian Annis found surface temperatures on Monday morning ~80 degrees.

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk fished Saturday morning in Middle section and caught 21 fish up to 11” by trolling Crank Baits in 17’ of water at 1.73 mph.    His baits of choice were Jointed Shad Rap # 5 and Arkie deep diver both Fire Tiger.  Pete & Stu Wilms fished Friday a.m. in M-E section and caught trolling in 12-15’ depths with Jointed Crank Bait.  On Sunday they took Neal Gorsuch and caught 16, with “only 8 over 9", one 12.5", in 12-15' of water using Jointed Shad lure.” Walt & Cathy Alexander fished Saturday a.m. in M-E section and “C&R 19 up to 10" using Minnow under Slip Bobber around lay-downs 8-15’ deep.”  Scott Furst reported, “A friend and I fished Sat. Early start. We fished the Middle pool. The active fish were around 13-17’ deep. We ran Crankbaits at those depths and we ran Single Spinner rigs with a half a Night Crawler or a small Crawler, behind a Bottom Bouncer. The fish showed a preference for Spinners. Large volumes of baitfish are found throughout the lake and I guess we have to compete with that bait. My guess is that the food is young of the year and small in size. That may explain why the fish we caught wanted a small Spinner. We caught fish at a steady pace all morning. The largest was 11 1/2". All C&R.”


BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Monday a.m. Brian Annis was, “Trolling a Bomber 7a in the M-W section over 12-14’ of water C&R 1-14.25" LM.”    

CHANNEL CATFISH:  From Jeff Murdock: “Mick McEvoy & I fished Wednesday afternoon in the North pool drifting in 20' of water using cut Bluegill on the bottom.  Mick C&R 2- 20” fish.”  On Saturday Jeff fished in M-E and C&R 3 fish including a FO (26”).  Brian Annis told us he was, “Trolling a Bomber 7a in the M-E and N-W sections on Saturday a.m. and C&R 2 fish 20" & 24.25" over 12-14’ of water.” Matt Miller drifted in North pool on Saturday morning using Cut Bait and C&R 2 fish including a FO (28").

BLUE CATFISH: While drifting in North pool on Wednesday, Jeff Murdock C&R a 25” fish.  Fishing on Saturday, Jeff sent:” My wife Michele & I fished off a dock in the M-E pool. Fished from 7-9 a.m. in 8' of water using cut Bluegill on the bottom.  I C&R a 31” fish.” Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I drifted Cut Bait in 12-20’ of water in the North pool and C&R 5 fish with the four biggest ranging in size from 27"-31".”

:. On Saturday morning, Brian Annis, “Trolled a Flicker Shad in the N-E section and C&R 1 fish 24.5" over 6-8’ of water.”

Week ending 8/4/21

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 1.23 feet from full level. Brian Annis found surface temperatures Saturday morning ~78 degrees.   There’ll be a New Moon Sunday night.

CRAPPIE: Brian Annis fished Saturday a.m. and sent us, “Trolling a 7cm Flicker Shad, over 10-14’ of water, I C&R 5 fish, 4 in the N-E section and 1 in the M-W section, including a FO (14”) and 3 about 9.5".”

WHITE BASS: No reports.


BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH:  Don Abrams reported, “Took my daughters, Emily and Allison, out today 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to chase some cats. We started out drifting cut Shad on the N-E pool, in 10-15’ of water and Emily hooked into a nice FO (27”) on the first drift which she released.”  Michael Cole fished the N-E section Monday a.m. and caught 3 , 15-21.5” in  20’-40’ using frozen Shrimp.  Brian Annis reported, “Trolling a Flicker Shad and a Bomber 7a in the N-E section, I C&R 2 small fish about 14" and 20" over  12- 14’ of water.”

BLUE CATFISH: Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I drifted cut bait in 12-24’ of water in the N-E section of the lake. I C&R 5 fish with the largest being 33" and weighing 14-lbs”.  Don Abrams told us his daughter “Allison had the hot seat in the boat and ended the day C&R 5 fish, ranging from 18” to 25” ”.  They were fishing in N-E section using cut Shad.


LONG NOSE GAR: Brain Annis reported, “Trolling a Bomber 7a in the N-E section I C&R a FO (38.5")  in 12-14” of water.”






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


 6/9/21- from Rich Zweifel - Div. Of Wildlife on 2021 Hoover stocking of Saugeye & Walleye:

Species Stage Location Rate              (#/acre)      Number     Date(s)

Saugeye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR   100.2                288,877         5/6,  5/10

Walleye Fingerlings HOOVER RESERVOIR     100.0                288,454         5/17

 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%

 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.