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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 – 29”
Mike Bloomfield – 27”

Ted Mosure - 30"
Amanda Johnson - 36"
Bob McCarthy - 28"

Don Abrams - 31"

Tim Myer, Sr. - 30"


Brian Annis - 14.25"

Bob McCarthy - 13.1"

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

Cathy Alexander - 13"

Mike Bloomfield

Joe Hatfield
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


Brian Annis - 20.5" LM



Brian Annis - 16.25"

Neal Gorsuch - 14"
Tom Critser - 16"

Bob McCarthy - 16.5"





2017 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Don Abrams

Tina Mohn

John Adair

Ted Mosure

Walt Alexander

Tim Myer, Sr.

Brian Annis

John Obert

Ron Ayers

Jim O'Connor

Brian Batchler

Jesse Oddi

Charlie Bateman

Gary Romano

Ray Beaumier

Ethan Simmons

Mike Bloomfield

Jake Twynham

Darrell Brown

Rich Waters

Skip Campbell

Pete Wilms

Bill Canfield

Lorraine Winters

Tom Critser

Ryan Young

Old Dutchman

Rich Zweifel

Marc Elwell

Scott Furst

Matthew Gaiownik

Neal Gorsuch

Betty Hall

Zak Hancock

Kevin Harper

Joe Hatfield

Amanda Johnson

Bob McCarthy

Week ending 6/21/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 1.35 feet from full level.  

Possible tropical storms threaten Central Ohio for the weekend.  Bob McCarthy reported seeing surface temperatures of 79.6 degrees on Friday morning in Middle section. We’re coming into a New Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Bob McCarthy fished Friday in M-E section and C&R 42 fish all on Crank Baits in 15-22’of water.  Tom Critser reported, “Fishing with my wife Juli Saturday morning from 9:30-11:30, we were fishing in about 21' of water using Minnows under a Bobber set at about 12'. We caught 55 fish most between 10”-11” and kept 6 for dinner and let the rest go in M-E section.”


WHITE BASS: Bob McCarthy fished M-E section on Friday, using Crank Baits in 15-22’ of water he C&R 2 fish including a FO (16.5”).  Tom Critser said he, “was fishing Saturday morning in 22' of water in N-E section when I caught a FO (15”). I was using Minnows under a Bobber.”

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: Ron Ayers fished in M-W section on Wednesday and “caught around 80 fish all about 8” on Wax Worm and Jigs in 6’ depth and .released half to swim again, but took some home for a grease bath.”

BASS: Brian Annis reported he, “Fished the M-E and M-W sections Friday and Saturday mornings, from 5:30-11:30 trolling Flicker Shad over 9-12’ of water, and C&R 3 LM, 18”- 3.4 lb., 13.5” and FO (20.5”) 5.2 lb.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Friday in M-E section Bob McCarthy C&R 2 fish using Crank baits in 15-22’ of water.


BLUE CATFISH: Blake Hall C&R a FO (35”) fish using a Blue Gill in the M-W section.  Saturday a.m. Gary Romano trolled the N-W section and C&R a 27”, 6-1/2 lb. fish on a Crawler Harness behind Lindy sinker in 17' of water.  Brian Annis, “Fished the M-E section Friday morning and C&R a 29” 11-lb. trolling a Flicker Shad over 20-25’ of water.”


Week ending 6/14/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.78 feet from full level.  

Extreme heat has produced and should continue to make us aware of the possibly dangerous “pop-up” thunder storms in the coming week.

CRAPPIE: Tom Critser reports he fished, “Saturday evening from 7:30-9:30 and C&R 30 fish, most were between 10-12” in 22’of water using Minnows under a Bobber in M-E section”.  Pete Wilms fished Saturday in M-E, and C&R 10 fish from 9-11” in 5-8' using Minnows/Slip Bobber.  Pete and Stu Wilms fished Sunday in M-E and caught 30+ fish from 7-10” in 10-15' using Minnows/Slip Bobber10-20' off shore and deep. Cathy & Walt Alexander fished Saturday morning in M-E section using Minnow/Slip Bobber 12' deep and C&R 53 fish including Cathy’s FO (13”).  Brian Annis reports: “Friday, Saturday and Monday mornings C&R a couple dozen fish towing various Crankbaits over 12-18’ of water in the M-E, N-E and N-W sections.  Most were probably keepers with the largest a little over FO (13”).”


WHITE BASS: Tom Critser “fished M-E Saturday evening and while fishing for Crappie he C&R a FO (16”) on a Minnow under a Bobber in 22’ of water”.  On Monday Neal Gorsuch fished M-W in 15’ depth using a Crank Bait and C&R a FO (14”).

SAUGEYE: Bob McCarthy C&R a 12” fish on Crank Bait in 15-20’ of water in M-E section.  On Monday morning while fishing the M-W section Neal Gorsuch C&R a 15” fish using a Crank Bait in 15’ depth.  Brian Annis reports: “Friday a.m. C&R a 17.5” fish trolling a Flicker Shad over 14’ of water on a flat in the M-E section.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Wednesday morning Bob McCarthy C&R 4 LM in the 1-2 lb. range, caught under Bobber/Minnows 2’ of water in M-E section.  Brian Annis reports: “Friday a.m. C&R a 13.5” LM trolling a Flicker Shad over 12’ of water in the M-W section.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Brian Batchler fished Thursday night and C&R 2 fish around using live bait in 6’ depth in N-W section.   Zak Hancock fished Sunday afternoon and used Berkley Gulp Dough bait in about 5’ of water (cast to about 20’ of the shore) and C&R 5 fish all about 4-5 lb. in N-W section.  Saturday morning while fishing for Crappie in M-E section Cathy Alexander C&R a 20” fish using Minnows/Slip Bobber in 12’ of water. Jim O’Connor fished from shore on Tuesday afternoon in S-W section.  Using a Jig/Worm in 7-10’ of water he C&R a 2-lb. fish.  Joe Hatfield reports that he and Kyle Gibney fished the North pool Saturday.  “We drifted Shad from 12-18’ and ended up with 10 fish, a mixed bag of Blues and Channels. Not a lot of size to the fish as it seems the spawn is still in full effect.”


BLUE CATFISH: Brian Batchler fished Thursday night and C&R 5 fish around using live bait in 6’ depth in N-W section.  Gary Romano reported he, “C&R a 20” fish trolling in 20' of water along rip rap in N-W using a Chartreuse Flicker Shad/White belly”.  On Saturday evening he C&R 1- 25” fish weighing 6 lb.  Brian Annis reports: “Mid-morning Monday I stopped paddling over 20’ of water to change lures on the shallow side of the kayak and left a 7cm Flicker Shad alone on the deep side.  After sitting pretty still for what must have been a couple minutes to put away some lures the Flicker Shad takes off screaming across the surface attached to the mouth of a 30” 11.2-lb fish.  Fish was C&R in the N-E section.   Also C&R another 22.5” fish on a 9 cm Flicker Shad in the N-W section.”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Brian Batchler fished Thursday night and C&R 1 fish around 8-lbs. using live bait in 6’ depth in N-W section.  Brian Annis reports: “Friday a.m. C&R a 24” fish trolling a Flicker Shad over 12’ of water along a drop-off into deep water.  Saturday a.m. C&R another 24” fish trolling a Flicker Shad over 10’ of water along riprap.  Both fish were caught in the M-E section.”

PERCH:  Cathy Alexander C&R a 10” fish while fishing for Crappie in M-E using Minnows in 12’ of water.

Week ending 6/7/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 0.15 feet from full level.  

Much warmer weather lies ahead for this coming weekend as we enter into a Full Moon period.

CRAPPIE: Ron Ayers reports, “from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Thursday, myself and a friend fished the coves and found very few fish in M-E section.  We went out into 15’ in main lake and caught 20 keeper fish up to  FO (13”) and released 6 using Bass Minnows.”  Ethan Simmons reported that he and John McCarthy

“caught a lot of fish in 6-18’ of water while drifting for Cats using small Jigs cast or vertically jigged.  Most fish were 9-9.5”, but ranged from 7”- 11”.”  Walt Alexander and John Biteman and a guest from Fishing Has No Boundaries fished the M-E section Saturday in ~15’ depths using Minnows and C&R 85 fish.  Several other anglers told us that the fish have now moved out into deeper water of 15’-20’.


WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: Ethan Simmons reported that “John McCarthy and I fished last Friday evening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the upper Middle and North basin.  We targeted and caught around 10 fish in about 1.5’ of water near brush.”  They were using small Slider Grubs and Gulp Minnows.  Shore anglers at Saturday’s Fishing Has No Boundary event used Wax Worms to C&R many fish in shallow water.

BASS:  Ron Ayers C&R a 14” fish using Bass Minnows while fishing for Crappie in M-E section.  Many anglers from Fishing Has No Boundaries fished Saturday in shallow water in M-E section and using Wax Worms C&R many fish.



BLUE CATFISH: Right around dusk on Friday evening Ray Beaumier C& R a 25” and 26” fish.  One fish hit a Crawler Harness in 8’ of water while Ray was trolling from deeper water onto a flat.  The other fish was caught on a Scatter Rap Shad trolling along riprap in 10’ of water in M-W section.  Ethan Simmons reported that he and, “John McCarthy drifted cut Shad in upper North section and caught 2 in 18’ of water, 21.5” that was tagged and a 17”.” 


Week ending 5/31/17

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is + 0.19 feet from full level.  

Fronts constantly moving through with gusty winds have been unkind to anglers this past week. Bob McCarthy reported surface temperatures on Friday were down to 66.5 degrees.

CRAPPIE: Tim Myer, Sr. C&R a FO (15”) on a Minnow in 2’ feet in S-E section on Saturday morning.  We heard many verbal reports of fish still being in or near brush in N and M sections using Minnows and small Jig/Plastic baits.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE:  Bob McCarthy fished M-W section on Friday using Crankbaits in 15’-20’ of water and C&R 1 fish.  Kevin Harper fished the M-E section on Friday and reported, “Appears the Saugeye have finally awakened!!!  3 of us C&R a total of 7...all 15”+ trolling both Jointed Shad Raps & Strike King 5 series plugs in 8'-20' depth.  We lost a “PIG” over 23”.  It snapped the line at the net (should anyone catch one w/ a Silver /Blue Jointed Shad Rap in the lower left jaw...I'd like the lure back.”)  Ray Beaumier reported that Friday afternoon he fished M-W section with “John Bumpus and trolled Shad Cranks and Bottom Bouncers/Crawler Harnesses in 10’ of water and caught 4 fish in the 17 -21” range and one 12” fish.  Fish were hitting both Cranks that ran 8-10' deep and the Crawler Harnesses.  The fish were keying on the drop-offs at the edges of flats especially where the wind kicked waves around the flat edge.”

BLUE GILL: On Sunday, Bill & Paula Canfield fished the M-W section and Bill reports, “We found fish in 5’ of water around weeds and brush, where they were obviously spawning.  Action was fast and furious when we were in the right locations.  Most were caught on 1/32-oz. Jigs with Brown Plastics tipped with a Wax Worm.  Fish definitely had a color preference that day--Brown out-fished everything else by a wide margin.”  Bill added, “My wife and I have been fishing in Hoover for over 30 years, and we have never had as much good panfishing as we have had this year.  While we have caught bigger fish in the past, the average size is better, and the fish are as abundant as they have ever been.  The colors on the spawning fish are especially brilliant this year.” 

BASS:  No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Friday Bob McCarthy fished in M-W section and C&R a FO (28”) in 40’ of water on a Rapala DT Shad Rap.  Tim Myer, Sr. fished in S-E pool Saturday morning and “C&R a FO           (30”) trolling 2 mph using a 3” Shad Rap.”  Ray Beaumier reports that he and “John Bumpus trolled Shad Cranks and Bottom Bouncers/Crawler Harnesses Friday afternoon in 10’ of water in M-W pool and caught 6 fish with the biggest being 24”.  Fish were hitting both Cranks that ran 8-10' deep and the Crawler Harnesses.”


BLUE CATFISH: Ray Beaumier reported that, “John Bumpus trolled a Scatter Rap Shad Friday afternoon in 10’ of water and C&R a 23”fish.”

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Bob McCarthy fished Friday in M-W section and C&R a FO (35.5”) in 18’ of water on a Rapala DT Crankbait.


 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.