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HOOVER FISHING REPORT

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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NEWS & EVENTS AT HOOVER

Hoover Fishing Report    Copyright © 2020  All Rights Reserved.

CODES:

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.

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF CHANGES IN QUALIFYING SIZES FOR FISH OHIO AS OF 2018

CARP - 28”

LARGEMOUTH BASS - 20"

SMALLMOUTH BASS - 18"

CHANNEL CATFISH - 26"


WALLEYE - 25"

 MUSKY - 40"

CRAPPIE - 13"

ROCK BASS, SUNFISH - 9"

WHITE BASS - 14"

FLATHEAD CATFISH - 35"

SAUGEYE - 21"

YELLOW PERCH - 12"

BLUE CATFISH - 35"

LONG NOSE GAR - 34"

SUCKER - 20"

CHANNEL CATFISH

Connie Sauter – 28”

Trudy McClaskey – 27”

Mike Bloomfield – 37”

Jim Horan - 29"

Kevin Winters - 32"

Mike Powers - 28"

Rhyan Messmer – 29”

Jorden Messmer – 28”
Tony Vannelle - 28"



CHANNEL CATFISH
Don Grant - 30.5"

Tim Myers, Sr. – 30”

Tom Critser - 27"

CHANNEL CATFISH

BLUE CATFISH
Zander Young - 37"

Mike Bloomfield - 40"

John Kuenzli – 37.5”

Matt Miller - 36"

Steve Dole – 36”



BLUE CATFISH

CRAPPIE

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"

Scott Furst - 13.5"

Walt Alexander - 13.5"

BASS
Scott Furst - 23" LM

Tim Meyers, Sr. - 20" LM

SAUGEYE

Kevin Winters - 21"

WHITE BASS

Ted Mosure - 14.5"

Adam Ward - 14"

Zander Young - 15"

Jay Wuersig - 14"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 16"


FLATHEAD CATFISH

Patrick McCarthy - 37"

CARP
Brian Wamsley - 29"

Bob McCarthy - 35"

BLUEGILL, ROCK BASS, SUNFISH


LONG NOSE GAR
Zander Young - 40"

Bob McCarthy - 34"

Kevin Winters - 34.25"


YELLOW PERCH

2020 Contributing Reporters (CR)

John Adair

Patrick McCarthy


Walt Alexander

Trudy McClaskey


Al Bachman

Rhyan Messmer


Ray Beaumier

Matt Miller


Tim Blasczyk

Ted Mosure


Mike Bloomfield

Jeff Murdock


Darrin Bright

Tim Myers, Sr.


Dan Brooks

Mike Powers


Jeanna Burrell

Jeff Rigg


Bill Canfield

Melanie Rine


David Carter

Ken Roslan


Bryan Chambers

Connie Sauter


Joseph Conroy

Jim Silvania


Michael Cole

Roy Stein


Tom Critser

Jamie Thomas


Steve Dole

Tony Vannelle


Warren Enders

Jeff Wamsley


Scott Furst

Adam Ward


Michael Gifford

Lorraine Winters


Don Grant

Jay Wuersig


Peter Greenberg

Ryan Young


Scott Hale



Daniel Kent



Marty Lundquist



Bob McCarthy




Week ending 8/5/20


The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is –  4.40 feet above full.  


CRAPPIE:  Walt & Cathy Alexander fished the M-E section around lay-downs in 8-12” depths and caught 72 fish up to 11.5” using Minnows under Slip Bobbers on Wednesday.  Ray Beaumier told us that he and Jim Vagner, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Wednesday morning in 12-15' depths using various Crank Baits.  The most productive Crank Bait was a #7 jointed Flicker Shad in Fire Tiger and Shad colors.  14 fish were caught with 9 of the fish in the 10-11” size range.”

WHITE BASS: No reports and no more suicides,


SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: Ray Beaumier reported that he and Jim Vagner, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Wednesday morning in 12-15' depths and caught 3 fish.  Fish were caught on Bottom Bouncers/Night Crawler Harnesses.  2 fish were 13" with the remaining fish 19”.”

BLUEGILL: No reports.

BASS
: No reports.


 CHANNEL CATFISH: On Wednesday, Michel Cole fished in N-E section in 10-20’ depth and caught 5 fish up to 21” using Shrimp.  Ray Beaumier and Jim Vagner, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Wednesday morning in 12-15' depths and caught 3 fish 19-25” long.  Fish were caught on Bottom Bouncers/Night Crawler Harnesses.”  Tom Critser sent us, “I was fishing with my Wife Juli Tuesday afternoon in M-E side using live Bait under a Bobber in about 10’ of water and C&R, a FO (27”) 16-lbs.”  Ted Mosure used a Crankbait in a cove in shallow water in M-W section to catch a 20” fish.

BLUE CATFISH: Tom Critser told us his Wife Juli, “Trolled a Flicker Shad in the M-E side, in about 20’ of water and C&R an 18” fish on Tuesday.”


FLATHEAD CATFISH: No report.


CARP: No report.


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.



Week ending 7/29/20


The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 3.76 feet above full.  We found surface temperatures in North and Middle section on Sunday to be 88 degrees.  There will be a Full Moon on Monday.


CRAPPIE:  Walt Alexander, John Biteman & Tom Chamness trolled M-E section on Sunday morning and C&R 73 fish including Walt’s FO (13.5”) using Minnow/Slip Bobber around laydowns in 10-12’ depths.  Ray Beaumier reported to us, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Friday evening in 12-15' depths and caught 17 fish on various Crankbaits that ran 5-9’ deep.  6 of the fish were in the 10-12.5” size range.” 

WHITE BASS: Left no suicide notes.


SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: Ray Beaumier reports that he, “trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Friday evening in 12-15' depths and caught 3 fish.  Fish were caught on a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness.  2 fish were 13" with the remaining fish 17”.”

BLUEGILL: No reports.

BASS
:Ted Mosure fished Saturday evening in M-E section and caught a 12" LM on a Crankbait. On Monday he caught another 12" LM on a Crankbait and told us, “I must have hit him the head in less than a foot of water.”

 CHANNEL CATFISH: Ray Beaumier told us, “Trolled the M-E & M-W flats and points on Friday evening in 12-15' depths and caught a 17” and 19” fish.  Both fish were caught on a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness at the drop-off on the edge of different flats.”  On Saturday morning, Matt Miller strolled cut bait in 10-20 FOW in the north section of the lake. He C&R five blue catfish with the largest measuring 27".   Matt Miller reported he, “Fished the North section of the lake on Sunday a.m. and C&R 3 fish with the largest measuring 24". All the fish were caught near the edge of a drop-off in 11-13’ of water.” Steve Dole C&R, “a 10 lb. fish  in about 20’ of water with Night Crawler under Bobber about 3-4’ depth in M-E section Thursday”. 

BLUE CATFISH: Steve Dole reported, “On Thursday C&R a FO (36”+) fish in the Middle section in 30-35” trolling a Worm Harness about 5-6’ deep.”   Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I strolled cut Bait in 10-20’ of water in the North section of the lake and C&R 5 fish with the largest measuring 27 On Saturday morning, Matt Miller reported that he, “Strolled cut Bait in 10-20’ of water in the North section of the lake and C&R 5 fish with the largest measuring 27". All the fish were caught near the edge of a drop-off in 11-13’ of water.”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: No report.


CARP: No report.


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.




Week ending 7/22/20


The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 3.06 feet above full.  


CRAPPIE:  Sunday morning Tim Blasczyk fished the M-E section M-E trolling Crankbaits in 15-20' and caught 30 fish up to 12".   Scott Furst fished Middle pool Sunday trolling #7 Flicker Shads in 9-12’ of water on flats and points.  He C&R 11 fish including a FO (13.5”).

 

WHITE BASS: Tim Myers, Sr. fished Sunday a.m. in S-E section and C&R 12 fish including 6 FO  (biggest 2 = 16”) “trolling 2 mph   Black Sexy Shad and Blue Shad  KVD  in 10-25’ of  water.”


SAUGEYE & WALLEYE: Scott Furst reported that he, “Fished Sunday early in Middle Pool. Started trolling #7 Flicker Shads in 9-12’ of water on flats and points. Speed 2 mph. Best colors early were Fire Tiger and more natural Silver Shad later in the day. I caught a 3 Walleye and 6 Saugeye up to 15”+.”

 
BLUEGILL
: No reports.

BASS: Monday evening Ted Mosure caught 2 LM up to 12” on Crankbait, 3’ deep in M-E.

 

CHANNEL CATFISH: Michael Cole fished Saturday in N-E section with Shrimp in 15’ of water and caught 2 fish up to 18”.   Sunday morning Mike Myers, Sr. trolled Black Sexy Shad and Blue Shad  KVD  in 10-25’ of  water in S-E section and C&R 3 fish up to 24”.  Tim Blasczyk trolled Crankbaits in M-E section on Sunday morning and caught 2 fish up to 24".   While trolling #7 Flicker Shads in 9-12’ of water Sunday a.m., Scott Furst C&R 4 fish.  Michael Cole on Tuesday used Shrimp in 20’ depth in N-E section and caught 2 fish up to 19”.


BLUE CATFISH: On Tuesday Michael Cole fished N-E section with Shrimp and caught a 19” fish in 20’ of water.


FLATHEAD CATFISH: No report.


CARP: No report.


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.



Week ending 7/15/20

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 2.32 feet above full.  Mike Bloomfield found surface temperatures to be 82 degrees Saturday morning.  We’ll be coming into a New Moon phase.


CRAPPIE:  Don Grant & Al Bachman trolled in M-E section Thursday using Flicker Shads in Gold/ Black and caught 4 fish up to 11:.

 

WHITE BASS: On Thursday Al Bachman and Don Grant trolled Crankbaits in M-E section and caught 3 fish up to 12”.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

 
BLUEGILL
: No reports.

BASS: David Carter used a Crankbait to C&R a 19-7/8” LM on Thursday evening in M-E section. Peter Greenberg fished Sunday in M-E & M-W points in 8’-16’ depths.  He caught “6 LMB 15” - 18” and 1 SMB 17” All on 3/8 oz. Tube Jigs.”

 

CHANNEL CATFISH: Don Grant reported that he & Al Bachman, ”fished Thursday in M-E section trolling Flicker Shads in Gold/ Black back.”  Don added. “I C&R a FO (30.5”) fishing in about 8’ of water also. Fished from 8:30 till about 2 p.m.”  Mike Bloomfield fished Saturday a.m. in N-W section and C&R a FO (29”) using Blue Gill in 18’ depth.


BLUE CATFISH: Ray Beaumier reported that he fished, “Friday morning and caught a 27" fish trolling on a N-E flat 15' deep using a 1-3/8" Chartreuse Salmo Hornet that runs 5-6' deep.  Most fish marks were at 5-8' as it appears the fish were in among the suspended schools of Shad.”  Mike Bloomfield used Blue Gill for bait Saturday a.m. in N-W section and C&R a FO (40”). Matt Miller reported, “The bite is still slow, but at least the big ones are biting. On Saturday morning, I drifted Cut Bait in 12-20’ of water and only C&R 3 fish, but they were all 30" or larger including a 30" (9-lbs), 33" (15.1-lbs) and a 34.5" (14.8-lbs.).”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: No report.


CARP: No report.


LONG NOSE GAR: No report.

































































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SAUGEYE - WALLEYE NEWS - HOOVER

      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

Saugeye

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.

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 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.