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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-Wildlife Management, 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.

2017 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"







BLUE CATFISH - any size for HSA


SUCKER - 20"

Kyle Gibney – 33.5”
Mike Bloomfield – 31”

Ted Mosure - 30"
Amanda Johnson - 36"
Bob McCarthy - 34"

Don Abrams - 31"

Tim Myer, Sr. - 30"

Jim Horan - 30"
Joe Hatfield - 33"
Brian Batchler - 32"
Jeff Murdock - 33"

Bryan Chambers - 31"

Lew Fogle - 30"

Matt Miller - 32"

Hunter Felton - 31"
Shawn Dauphin – 31”

Jamie Thomas - 32"

Brian Annis - 31"

Flash Gibney - 28"

John Owens 32"

Linda Mosure - 29"

Tony Vannelle - 27"

Abbie Hatfield - 29"
Barbara Bloomfield – 32.5”

Karl Gebhardt – 27”

Joe Hatfield, Sr. – 28”

Brian Baumann – 30”
Rick Harrington - 32"

Tim Blasczyk -26"

John Owens - 31"

Tim Van Auken – 27.5”
Jeff Murdock – 33”
Ron Barton – 26”
Charlotte Hatfield – 27”

Mike Bloomfield

Joe Hatfield - 37" True FO
Kyle Gibney   - 35" True FO

Jake Twynham
Ryan Young
Amanda Johnson
Scott Pangborn

Matthew Gaiownik

Don Abrams

Brian Annis

John Bumpus
Etan Simmons
Ray Beaumier
Gary Romano

Zak Hancock
Blake Hall - 35" True FO
Jim Horan
Brian Batchler -  35.75" True FO
Pete Wilms

Lew Fogle

Matt Miller

Hunter Felton

John Owens

Jim Graham _ 35.5" True FO

Betty Hall

Flash Gibney

Gene Buehler

John Owens

Neal Gorsuch

Bob McCarthy - 36" True FO

Michael Gifford

Al Bachman

David Wood

Joe Hatfield, Sr. – 35” True FO

Brian Baumann

Juli Critser

Mike Meyer

Marc Elwell - 40" True FO

Brian Annis - 21.5" LM

Bob McCarthy – 18.5” SM

Justin Parlin – 21” LM


Lewis Mould - 22"

Bob Yontz - 23"


Brian Annis - 16.25"

Neal Gorsuch - 14"
Tom Critser - 16"

Bob McCarthy - 16.5"

Tim Myers, Sr. – 15.5”

Bryan Chambers - 14"
Kevin Winters - 16.25"
Tim Blascyzk – 16”


Bob McCarthy - 35.5"

Dave Funk - 69.8-lb.

Craig & Amber Shirey- 37”

Brian Annis - 14.25"

Bob McCarthy - 14"

Tim Myer, Sr. -15"
Mike Bloomfield - 13"
Ron Ayers - 13"

Cathy Alexander - 13"
Tim Blasczyk – 13”


Jim Horan - 38"
Kevin Winters – 39”

Bob McCarthy - 36"

Matt Miller - 39"

Adam Ward - 34"

Gene Murdock – 31”


2017 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Don Abrams

Matthew Gaiownik

Jim O'Connor

John Adair

Karl Gebhardt

Jesse Oddi

Walt Alexander

Kyle Gibney

Justin Parlin

Brian Annis

Michael Gifford

Gary Romano

Dan Armitage

Dave Golowenski

Ethan Simmons

Ron Ayers

Neal Gorsuch

Denny Stone

Al Bachman

Jim Graham

Jeff Tennant

Brian Batchler

Betty Hall

Jamie Thomas

Charlie Bateman

Zak Hancock

Jake Twynham

Ray Beaumier

Kevin Harper

Tim VanAuken

Tim Blasczyk

Rick Harrington

Tony Vannelle

Mike Bloomfield

Joe Hatfield

Adam Ward

Darrell Brown

Amanda Johnson

Rich Waters

Gene Buehler

Marty Lundquist

Pete Wilms

Fred Bury

Bob McCarthy

Stu Wilms

Skip Campbell

Mike Meyer

Lorraine Winters

Bill Canfield

Matt Miller

Bob Yontz

Mark Carnes

Tina Mohn

Ryan Young

Bryan Chambers

Linda Mosure

Rich Zweifel

Tom Critser

Ted Mosure

Old Dutchman

Lewis Mould

Marc Elwell

Jeff Murdock

Dave Erickson

Michele Murdock

Lew Fogle

Tim Myers, Sr.

Scott Furst

John Obert

The next HFR will be in April, 2018

Week ending 10/25/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 8.07 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk reports, “Good weekend.  Saturday morning I caught 33 fish with 17 being 10”+ on Minnow and Bobber in the M-E section. Sunday my father Bob and I fished the mid-afternoon and caught 27 fish.  12 were 10”+ with FO (13”) in M-E section under a Bobber and Minnow.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No report.

BASS: John Adair reported that he, “Fished Sunday a good part of the day with Troy Bucher. Caught the first fish in short order on a homemade Jig and then it kind of was hunt and peck after that.  We ended up with a little over 20 LM but a lot were 10-11” fish with a few in the 14” range thrown in.  We were  catching the majority on Deep Running Crankbaits along wind-blown banks.” Jeff Tennant reported that he, “Fished Saturday night in M-E section from 7:30-11:30 and caught 6 fish from 10”-16” with largest being 2-lbs. in 6’ of water using a Rubber Worm.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Joe Hatfield reports, “I took my daughters out yesterday and drifted up north for cats with Shad. We hit 13 to 23’ and had minimal success. In all we caught around 15 fish, mostly small Blues and Channels. Each girl did end up with a FO (27"). This was my daughter Charlotte's first ever FO Catfish.”  Kyle Gibney reports that he and Joe Hatfield each C&R a FO (28”) on cut Shad in 13’ of water in North section on cut Shad.

BLUE CATFISH: Kyle Gibney reported, “Joe Hatfield and I ended up getting 2nd place and winning Big Fish in the tourney last Sunday.  We had 39 lbs. with 3 fish.  The largest was the 22.9 lb. fish that I caught. It just snuck by being my first TRUE FO (35").  I caught it in the North section on cut Shad in 17’ of water.


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.

PERCH: Jim O’Connor fished the S-W section on Thursday afternoon from shore and C&R 2 fish under a Slip Bobber in 16' with Jig and Bass Minnow.

Week ending 10/18/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 7.32 feet from full level.  

Water temperatures continue to cool down as we saw surface temperatures of 66 degrees on Monday afternoon.  We are coming into a New Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: John Adair reported he, “fished Saturday a good part of the day.  I fished the Middle pool around the ends of fallen trees in water 14’-17’ deep with Jigs tipped with Plastics and managed 21 keeper fish.”  Tim Blasczyk reports that he, “and his Son Ian C&R 25 fish of mixed sizes.  6 that were 10”.”  They used Minnows/Bobber 7’ down in 12’ of water on Saturday. On Monday afternoon for an hour Tim went back out by himself and caught 22 that were 10”+ again on Minnows/Bobber, 7’ down in 12’ depth in M-E section.

WHITE BASS: John Adair caught fish while fishing for Crappie in Middle section on Saturday using a Jig/Plastic.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No report.

BASS: John Adair, while fishing for Crappie on Saturday in Middle pool with Jig/Plastics caught 1 SM and 4 LM.  Brian Annis sent us this report, “Friday a.m. trolling Crankbaits over 12’ of water I C&R 1 15” LM on a Bomber 7A.  Saturday a.m. trolling Crankbaits over 12’ of water I C&R 1 19.5” LM on a KVD Magnum 8.0 Squarebill. While fishing the M-E pool.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Jeff Murdock told us, “I went out Wednesday afternoon with Ron Barton & Mick McEvoy. We fished the M-W in 20’ of water using Shrimp on the bottom.  We C& R several fish under 20” but I did C&R 2 FO (33”, 30”) and Ron C&R a FO (26”).”  Thursday afternoon Joe Hartfield used cut Shad in N-W section and C&R 2 fish including a FO (29”).  We fished with Kyle Gibney in N-W section on Monday afternoon and “strolled” in 17-22’ using cut Shad and C&R 5 fish including our FO (30”).

BLUE CATFISH : On Thursday Joe Hartfield reported, “We drifted in N-W section and got about 11 fish. The biggest was a 33" fish. Most of the action came in 16’-20’.”  On Monday afternoon we fished with Kyle Gibney in N-W section and together we C&R 6 fish up to Kyle’s 26” fish using cut Shad.


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.

CARP: Jeff Murdock reported, “I went fishing Friday afternoon with my Dad, Gene Murdock and we didn’t have much luck but my Dad did C&R a FO (31”) 16-lb. fish.  He caught it on a Jig fishing in 15’ of water in the M-E section.”

Week ending 10/11/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 6.64 feet from full level.  

Above average temperatures prevail with a slight cool down this past weekend.  We heard reports that surface temperatures were 70 degrees in Middle section Monday.

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk  and his Sons, Ian & Josh, fished the M-E on Saturday morning.  They caught 32 fish 9”-11.5” using Minnows under a Bobber in 20’ of water 15’ down.  Brian Annis reported: “Friday a.m. trolling various Crank Baits over 12’-14’ of water in the M-E, M-W & N-E sections I C&R 7 fish most over 9” with one FO (14”).  All but one hit a Silver/Black Flicker Shad.”  Tuesday morning Tim fished the M-E section and caught 100+ fish with 35 of them between 9”-12” fishing a Minnow under Bobber 15’ down in 20’ depth.

WHITE BASS: Brian Annis fished, “Friday a.m. trolling a Flicker Shad over 12-14’ of water in the M-W & N-E sections, I C&R 3 fish 10-12”.”  On Tuesday a.m. Tim Blasczyk fished the M-E section and C&R 20 fish from FO (14”-16”) in 20’ depth using a Vib-E.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: While fishing for Crappie on Tuesday a.m. Tim Blasczyk caught 10 fish in M-E section using Minnow under Bobber.  Jim O’Conner fished the S-W section from shore Tuesday afternoon.   He reports he, “ C&R 5 fish using a tiny Ice Jig and Gulp 1” Minnows & Pink 12’ deep with Slip Bobber.”

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Joe Hatfield sent us this report from fishing the M & N sections on Saturday: “Kyle Gibney and I ended up with close to 20 fish. 5 of the fish were over FO (27") with the biggest being FO (33"). We drifted Shad to the best of our ability in that nasty wind. The best depth seemed to be 20’-25’. That barometer drop seemed to have pushed them deep.”  Sunday a.m., Brian Annis, “strolled cut Shad over 10-14' of water in the N-E section and C&R 2 fish 23” and maybe 15”.”

BLUE CATFISH : Brian Annis fished Sunday a.m. and “strolled cut Shad over 10-14' of water in the N-E section and C&R 2 fish 20” and 30”.”  Marc Elwell sent us the following, “Fished with Kyle Gibney on his new boat from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and C&R a true FO (40”) and it weighed 29-lbs. Shortly afterward, I hooked up to another big fish that weighed 25-lbs.”  Kyle reported that he C&R a 12-lb. fish. They were using cut Shad and strolling 17’ depth in N-W section.


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.

Week ending 10/4/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 6.69 feet from full level.  

The cooler weather has impacted Hoover with the result that fish have become more active. On Monday Mike Meyer reported surface temperatures of 70 degrees mid-day in Middle section.  We are entering a Full Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk fished Sunday morning in M-W section and C&R 30 fish between 8”-9” and 20 between 10”–11” using Wax Worms & Minnows under Bobber.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: John Adair reported he, “Fished Wednesday with Troy Bucher and we caught 12 but only 5 keeper size LM.  Caught them on a hodge podge of Crank Baits, homemade Jigs and Shaky Head Worms. Water varied from as shallow as 4’ to as deep as about 14’. Fished Saturday morning with Joe Irwin. Numbers wise not bad with 16, but not much on size other than Joe’s 3-1/4 lb. LM.  Water depths varied same as Wednesday and again a hodge podge of baits homemade Jigs, Buzz Baits, Crank Baits, Shaky Head Worms and Tube Jigs.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: While fishing for Crappie Sunday morning Tim Blasczyk C&R a FO (26”) in M-W section using a Minnow 15’ down in 20’ of water.  Kyle Gibney reports he fished the N-W section Monday night with John Owens and that “John C&R 4 FO’s with the largest being 31”. I caught 2 FO’s with the largest being 33-1/2”. They were all on Cut Shad in 13’-15’ of water.”

BLUE CATFISH : On Monday Mike Meyer fished the M-E section and C&R a 23” fish using a “throw back lure--1/4-oz Shyster in a depth of 7' “.  Kyle Gibney fished the N-W section with Cut Shad Monday morning and C&R 5 fish up to 11-lbs.  Monday night while fishing in N-W section, Kyle and John Owens C&R 4 fish up to 7-lbs. using Cut Shad.


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.


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.         

 Lorraine Winters (WSM) passed along the news of the  finalization of new Hoover regulations that on October 18th the Ohio Wildlife Council approved for catfish at Hoover:  “Reducing the bag limit to four (4) in the aggregate for channel and blue catfish harvested from Hoover Reservoir.  Additionally, in an effort to develop and promote a trophy catfish fishery, anglers harvesting channel and blue catfish from Hoover Reservoir will be limited to taking only three (3) fish less than 18” and one (1) fish 28 inches or larger.”