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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 – 30”
Mike Bloomfield – 31”

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

Don Abrams - 31"

Tim Myer, Sr. - 30"

Jim Horan - 28.5"
Joe Hatfield - 33"
Brian Batchler - 32"
Jeff Murdock - 33"

Bryan Chambers - 27"

Lew Fogle - 30"

Matt Miller - 31"

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"

Mike Bloomfield

Joe Hatfield - 37" True FO
Kyle Gibney   

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

Brian Annis - 20.5" 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”


Dave Funk - 69.8-lb.

Brian Annis - 14.25"

Bob McCarthy - 14"

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

Cathy Alexander - 13"


Jim Horan - 38"
Kevin Winters – 39”

Bob McCarthy - 36"

Matt Miller - 39"

2017 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Don Abrams

Betty Hall

Pete Wilms

John Adair

Zak Hancock

Lorraine Winters

Walt Alexander

Kevin Harper

Bob Yontz

Brian Annis

Joe Hatfield

Ryan Young

Dan Armitage

Amanda Johnson

Rich Zweifel

Ron Ayers

Bob McCarthy

Al Bachman

Matt Miller

Brian Batchler

Tina Mohn

Charlie Bateman

Linda Mosure

Ray Beaumier

Ted Mosure

Mike Bloomfield

Lewis Mould

Darrell Brown

Jeff Murdock

Gene Buehler

Michele Murdock

Skip Campbell

Tim Myers, Sr.

Bill Canfield

John Obert

Bryan Chambers

Jim O'Connor

Tom Critser

Jesse Oddi

Old Dutchman

Justin Parlin

Marc Elwell

Gary Romano

Lew Fogle

Ethan Simmons

Scott Furst

Denny Stone

Matthew Gaiownik

Jamie Thomas

Michael Gifford

Jake Twynham

Neal Gorsuch

Tony Vannelle

Jim Graham

Rich Waters

Week ending 8/16/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 1.70 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: Michael Gifford slowly trolled the South pool in 20-26’ of water using Minnows on Wednesday and C&R 36 fish. Only 7 of the fish were 10". The rest were 8 3/4"-9 3/4".  Walt & Cathy Alexander fished the M-E section from 7a.m.-9:30 a.m. using a Minnow under Slip Bobber in 14' depth. They C&R 42 up to 12” and caught most of the big ones before the drop offs into coves.   Dan & Marie Armitage fished the M-W Sunday, “in the heat of the day as we Spider-rigged depths from 22-34’ and caught 12 fish up to FO (13”)  feeding near the bottom, using Minnows on tandem rigs slow-trolled at .5 mph.”  Dan adds, “I’m really enjoying the forward-trolling Spider-rigging tactic, if not the rigging and handling of 14’ long poles….I’ve never caught fish so consistently so late in the season.”

 WHITE BASS: While fishing for Crappie Sunday afternoon Dan Armitage caught “several large fish feeding near the bottom, using Crappie Minnows”.  Several anglers reported getting an occasional small fish while fishing for Crappie.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Jim O’Connor fished Thursday early evening in S-W section and “C&R a 17” LM on a Swimbait Minnow and it weighed 2.5 pounds--close to shore.”   John Adair reports he, “Fished Wednesday evening with Troy Buchman and managed one 13” LM in the Middle pool from a bush in about 5 feet of water on a homemade Jig. Still been really tough for us. I’ll be glad to see the water come down some.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I drifted cut Bait in 10-14’ of water in the N-W end of the lake and C&R 4 fish with the largest measuring 25”.”  Joe Hatfield C&R 2 fish while drifting for Blue Cats on Saturday evening in North pool using cut Shad..

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield fished Saturday evening and reports, “drifted 18’-20’ with cut Shad in the Northern section. I ended up with 8 fish. I picked a fight with the fish and I got one. I ended up landing a FO (37") 29.83 lb. fish and his little brother a 33" 17.5-lb. while I was measuring the big one. I also managed a 34" 19-lb., 32" 15-lb., and a 31" 12-lb.”  Joe added, “Just an observation I have had; it seems like some of the bigger fish are starting to follow typical Blue patterns and locations. Up to now they would follow the same patterns as the Channels. I tend to catch small and medium-sized Blues where I fish for Channels. To catch the bigger fish I have had to start targeting different areas and depths.”  Al Bachman fished the M-E section and C&R, “a 25" fish Wednesday and a 28" fish Friday on a Perch colored Hot-n-Tot while trolling in 30' of water when the 25" hit.  The 28" hit in the far N-E pool in about 15' of water. Was just letting my line back out when it hit.”  Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I drifted cut Bait in 10-14’ of water in the N-W end of the lake and C&R 8 fish with the largest measuring 26”.”


LONG NOSE GAR: Matt Miller reported, “On Saturday morning, I drifted cut Bait in 12’ of water in the N-W end of the lake and C&R a FO (39”).”

Week ending 8/9/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.99 feet from full level.  

Cooler weather and calmer day times prevailed this week.  Bob McCarthy reported getting surface temperature reading of 74-75 degrees Tuesday a.m. in Middle section.  We are in a Full Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Walt Alexander, Cathy Alexander and John Biteman went out Saturday morning in M-E and Walt reports, “7-10:30 a.m., we used Minnow under Slip Bobber in 12' depth and we  C&R 62 up to 10.5”. John & Walt caught 39 with 3 poles and Cathy caught 23 with one.” Sunday a.m. Brian Annis, “trolling a Flicker Shad over 12-17’ of water in the M-E & N-E sections C&R 6 fish 10-12”.”

 WHITE BASS: Sunday a.m. Brian Annis reports, “trolling a Flicker Shad over 20-23’ of water in the N-E section C&R 2 fish under 11”.”  Bob McCarthy C&R 4 fish using a Crank Bait Tuesday a.m. in M-W section in 20-30’ depths.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: John Adair reported that he, “fished Wednesday night with Troy Bucher and we managed 2 LM and 2 SM. All were caught in the Middle pool out of bushes on the main lake in water 6’ or less on homemade Jigs.”  Sunday a.m. Brian Annis reported, “trolling a Bomber 7A over 12’ of water in the M-E & N-E sections C&R 2 fish 12” & 16”.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Matt Miller report that he, “strolled and drifted cut Bait in 10-17’ of water Sunday morning in the N-W end of the lake and C&R 9 fish including 4 FO (26”, 28.5”, 31” & 31”)”.  Joe Hatfield reports, “Hit the lake Sunday with Kyle Gibney and my youngest daughter, Abbie. In all we managed about 16 fish with a mix of Channels and Blues. We drifted cut Shad in 13-23’ in the North end.  Kyle managed a FO (30") and my daughter reeled in 2 FO (28" and 29").  All before sunset. Most fish came in 16 to 21’.”  Brian Annie reports on Saturday a.m. he, “strolled cut Shad over 10-14' of water in the N-E section and C&R 4 fish including a FO (31”).  Sunday a.m. trolling a Bomber 7A over 13’ of water in the N-E section C&R 1 fish 19”.”  Bob McCarthy, using a Crank Bait in 20-30’ depth in M-W section on Tuesday, C&R a 20” fish.

BLUE CATFISH: On Sunday, Matt Miller reported that he, “strolled and drifted cut Bait in 10-17’ of water in the N-W end of the lake and C&R 4 fish with the largest being 21””.  Saturday a.m. Brian Annis, “strolled cut Shad over 10-14' of water in the N-E section and C&R 4 fish, the largest 2 were 26 and 28”.  Sunday a.m. trolling a Bomber 7A over 16’ of water in the M-E section C&R 1 fish 20”.”  Bob McCarthy C&R a FO (36”) on Tuesday a.m. in M-W section on a Crank Bait over 20-30’ depth.

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Saturday a.m. Brian Annis, “strolled with a whole Blue Gill over 13-14' of water in the N-E section and C&R a 30” fish.  Sunday a.m. trolling a Bomber 7A over 12’ of water in the M-E section along riprap C&R a fish 26”.”

LONG NOSE GAR: Sunday a.m. Brian Annis, “trolling a Flicker Shad over 12’ of water in the N-E section C&R 1 fish 33”.”

Week ending 8/2/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.56 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: Wednesday morning Bob McCarthy trolled the M-E section with Crank Baits in 15’-23’ of water and C&R 8 fish including a FO (14”).  Ray Beaumier reported that he and John Bumpus, “caught 52 fish with about half in the 10-11” size range by slow trolling a 3-way rig with a Chartreuse/White Floating Jig head/Crappie Minnow half the day in 14’-17’ of water.  The fish were not concentrated and we tried many points and corners/edges of flats to pick up a few fish at each one.”  

 WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Ray Beaumier reported he fished the S-W section on Monday and,  “caught a 22.5” fish trolling a Bottom Bouncer/Crawler Harness/#4 Colorado Blade Chartreuse w/small Orange dots on the edge of a flat in 16’ of water.”   

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: John Adair reported, “Had a chance to fish Saturday morning with my friend Eric Woodrow. We caught 4 LM and 1 SM in the first 2-1/2 hours of the morning.  We fished Middle and North pools and all fish were caught on the main lake in shallow water 5’ or less from flooded bushes on Spinner Baits and Jigs. The wind really picked up and we left about 11.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Wednesday morning Bob McCarthy trolled the M-E section with Crank Baits in 15’-23” of water and C&R a FO (34”).  Tony Vannelle fished the Middle pool on Saturday night using Shrimp on the bottom and C&R a FO (27”).

BLUE CATFISH:Neal Gorsuch and his daughter Betty Hall trolled the M-W section on Tuesday morning in 34’ of water with baits down about 20’.  They were using Bologna and a Night Crawler and C&R 2 fish. Betty’s was 28", and Neal’s was 29” and was a tagged fish.


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.

Week ending 7/26/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is + 0.11 feet from full level.  

Frequent and strong pop-up storms throughout the weekend made I difficult for anglers.  We found surface temperatures throughout the night on Wednesday to be 85 degrees in North section.  Weekend storms pushed the lake back up over full.  A much more pleasant weekend is forecast.

CRAPPIE: Walt & Cathy Alexander fished Monday morning and Walt reports, “Minnow under Slip in 12-14’ depth and we C&R 64 up to 11.5”.  We caught most of the bigger fish in the flat bottom area ~100' before the drop off in M-E section.”  On Tuesday they returned and C&R 34 up to 12”.  Walt reported, “Not a lot of luck fishing around lay-downs back in the cove, moved around and caught a few at different spots.”

 WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Thursday morning we fished the M-E and C&R 1 fish using cut Shad in 12’ of water. Bryan Chambers fished the S-E section on Sunday afternoon and reports he C&R a 24” fish trolling with a Spoon tipped with Night Crawler in 25‘ depth.  Joe Hatfield reported, “I hit Hoover on Sunday with my buddy John Owen. We drifted the Northern end in 11’- 20’ using cut Shad from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.. There must have been something in the water because those fish were on fire. We ended up with 6 FO measuring between 28” and 33”.   Ted Mosure reports that he and his wife Linda, “fished Sunday afternoon, drifting generally Northward in 10-12’ of water in M-E, using Shrimp and Chicken Liver.  Both bites we had were on Shrimp, within 20 minutes of each other.” Ted’s fish was a FO (28”) and Linda C&R a FO (29”).

BLUE CATFISH:   Thursday morning we fished M-E section and C&R 3 fish in 12’ of water using cut Shad. While fishing the North section Sunday evening Joe Hatfield and John Owens, “ C&R a 33” - 18 lb. fish, a 30”- 12 lb. fish, and along with these fish we caught another 8 or so smaller fish.” 


LONG NOSE GAR: No reports.


 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.