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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.

2019 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"









SUCKER - 20"

Mike Bloomfield - 30"

Joe Hatfield - 31"

Bobby Parker - 31"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 27"

Kyle Gibney - 31"

Matt Miller - 30"

Gary Romano - 30"

Brian Annis - 29"

Jeff Murdock - 28"

Cathy Alexander - 27"

Roy Stein - 26"

Scott Furst - 26"


Joe Hatfield - 40"

Jamie Thomas - 37"

Matt Miller - 37"

Steven Lowe - 37"

Kevin Winters - 38"

Mike Bloomfield - 37"



Tim Myers, Sr. - 14"

Walt Alexander - 13.25"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Walt Alexander - 13"

Brian Annis - 13"

Jack Hollerich - 13"

Gayle Nourse - 13"

Michael Gifford – 13 1/8”

Tim Myers, Sr. - 21" LM

Mike Kunkler - 20" LM

Don Grant - 20" LM

Josh Crandall – 20”


Ted Mosure - 26"

Mike Kunkler - 22"


Bryan Chambers - 14"

Scott Furst - 16"


Joe Hatfield – 41”





2019 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Danny Adams

Tim Myers, Sr.

Tom Albany

Gayle Nourse

Walt Alexander

Lac Pham

Brian Annis

Gary Romano

Al Bachman

Jonathen Romonovich

Ray Beaumier

Roy Stein

Mike Bloomfield

Jamie Thomas

Dave Bumgarner

Lorraine Winters

Jeanna Burrell

Jay Wuersig

Bill Canfield

Ryan Young

Mark Carnes

Rich Zweifel

David Carter

Bryan Chambers

Tom Critser

Scott Furst

Michael Gifford

Don Grant

Peter Greenberg

Joe Hatfield

Jack Hollerich

Mike Kunkler

Steven Lowe

Matt Miller

Ted Mosure

Jeff Murdock

Week ending 9/11/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 5.69 feet from full level. Joe Hatfield reported “The current water temp has been in the 73 degree range”. We are coming into a Full moon on Friday, 9/13.

CRAPPIE: No reports.

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Jay Wuersig fished Monday reporting, “spent 11a.m.-3:30 p.m. trolling M-E and S-W and caught 2-15”  fish trolling Green Spinner/ Bottom Bouncer in 12-15’ of water.” 

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: On Saturday Ted Mosure fished a cove in M-E section and reported, “got 4 fish within about 20 minutes, starting around 9:30 a.m.  Docked the boat and got 2 more around a dock.  2 nice ones in the group were 15" and 14", the rest 10-11".  All bit in 3-5' of water, in shady areas next to shore on a "Sexy Shad" Crank Bait.”  Jack Hollerich sent us the following: “Went fishing Sunday morning with my best buddy, Josh Crandall. I caught 4 fish (1-17” SM and 3 LM 11-14”) in 4 casts fishing Top Water first thing in the morning. 15 minutes later, Josh landed a FO (20”) SM on a Chatter bait in 5-10’ of water. I finished up with a 12” SM that I caught with a Minnow and Slip Bobber in 5-10’ of water. This was probably our best bass day on Hoover!”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Tom Albany reported, “Around 6 p.m. on Saturday, my wife Donna C&R a 22” fish.  She caught it around a dock using a Minnow.”  Matt Miller reported that he, “strolled cut Bait on Santee rigs Sunday morning in 10-20’ of water in the North section of the lake. He C&R 5 fish including a FO (26.5").  Friday night Joe Hatfield told, “I anchored up in the Middle pool for Flathead in 3’. I ended up catching a FO (31") fish for my efforts on a whole 10" Shad.”

BLUE CATFISH: Stu Wilms trolled a Bottom Bouncer/Worm harness in 10-13’ depth in M-E section Thursday and C&R a 26” fish.  Matt Miller, “C&R 4 fish with the 2 largest measuring 30" and 31".” (Note the big Blues and Channel were in 18’ of water.”)  Joe Hatfield was out Friday and reported, “I pulled an all-nighter and fished solo in the Upper pool hitting 10-24” using cut Shad and live Blue Gill. I ended up catching around 20 fish with the largest going 22 –lb., FO (36"). Most of the other fish were in the 23" to 30" range. The big fish came off a live Blue Gill suspended 3’ below a Bobber in 14’. When the fish hit it came fully out of the water like a Muskie.”  He added, “The blues are hitting higher in the water column and I have been running a 4’ Santee rig or suspending baits 5-6’ from the bottom. Once it gets dark the fish are feeding way higher up in the water column and I tend to suspend baits 3-6’ below the surface. Joe also sent us, “Kyle Gibney and I fished the Upper pool and the Middle pool in 6-30’ depths using cut Shad and cut Blue Gill on Sunday. We ended up catching 4 small fish.”  (Joe added, “Shad and Blue Gill have been holding tight to sandy/rocky banks in 2-5’.)  Jay Wuersig fished Monday trolling a Green Spinner/ Bottom Bouncer in 12-15’ of water and caught a 21” fish.” 

FLATHEAD CATFISH: While fishing Sunday, Joe Hatfield told of, “a rare appearance from "Bubba" a FO (41") 36-lb. It hit cut Blue Gill in the N-W section in 14.5’.” 

Week ending 9/4/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 4.93 feet from full level.  Scott Furst reported surface temperatures of 71 degrees on Monday a.m. in Middle section.

CRAPPIE: On Wednesday Michael Gifford trolled an Erie Dearie with a Night Crawler in M-E section and caught 6 fish.  On Thursday he reported, “Went out today with my buddy Bill Yuhas.  A little slower today than yesterday, but we caught about 12 fish up to 10” in 12’-14’.”  Scott Furst fished Saturday using Crank Baits and reported, “So many fish that I quit counting. Largest being 12 1/2". They were coming 2 at a time.”  Tom Critser reported, “I was fishing Saturday night with Gregg Maguire and Jim Anton, we fished the N-E section between 5:00 & 9:00 p.m. We C&R about 20 fish in about 10' of water using Minnows under a Bobber.”  Walt Alexander reported he fished with Wife Cathy, “on Tuesday 7:00-10:30 a.m. using a Minnow under Slip 6-12' deep around lay downs and drop offs, C & R 70, up to 11.5”.”

: Scott Furst sent us, “I fished early Sat. morning. Water was 74 F. I started out casting main lake points and caught fish.”  On Monday using a Jugging Spoon Scott C&R a FO (16”) in Middle section.  Several anglers reported getting fish while trolling Crank Baits.

SAUGEYE: Scott Furst reported on Saturday, “I caught fish quickly on Reef Runner 200 Rip Shads. Purple was hot color perhaps because it was cloudy and I find dark colors work well in dark skies. Trolling over 2 mph seemed better than slower speeds. I C&R 7 fish with 4 being 14" or larger. Bouncing bottom with the Cranks in 14 to 16’ produced.”  He also sent us, “Monday early, I started trolling the flats of the Middle pool in 9’-14’ of water. Using Flicker Shads. I caught an 18" fish on my first pass and two slightly smaller on the next.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: Tom Critser sent us, “Fished Monday afternoon with my wife, Juli. She C&R a 15" LM bass using a Jig with a Shad tail. We fish N-E section in about 10" of water.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Saturday Scott Furst reported fish were active and, “The largest was a C&R of a FO (26"). They did prefer lighter colors as the sun came out. Chrome with Black back and Chrome with a Blue back were best. The best locations were edges of flats near deep water.”  On Friday Matt Miller, “only C&R 1 fish, a FO (27"). On Sunday he C&R 2 fish up to 23".  

BLUE CATFISH: - Scott Furst tells us, “I caught 16 with a mix of Cats. The big fish of the day was a 35” which destroyed the small hooks on my little Crank. I switched back to 2" Rip shads and they jumped all over them.”  Mike Bloomfield went out Sunday and reported he, “C&R a FO (37”) in 10’ depth drifting Shrimp in North end.”  He also reported that he and his Wife caught 27 fish and 6 were FO’s.  From Matt Miller, “I drifted a Santee rig in 8-20’ depths on Friday and Sunday morning in the North section of the lake. Friday was much more productive than Sunday. On Friday I C&R 10 fish up to 24". Most were caught in 18-20’ of water. On Sunday I only caught 1 fish (27") in 12’ of water.”



Week ending 8/21/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 3.64 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: On Wednesday Michael Gifford and Bill Yuhaus trolled the M-E section with a “drop weight and Minnow, and an Erie Dearie and Night Crawler.  All C&R due to size, but we kept a handful of fish in the 10.5"-12" range.”  On Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. Ray Beaumier, “caught 19 fish in 12-16' on the M-E & M-W flats using various tactics which included trolling a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness, trolling various Crank Baits and slow trolling a triple 3-way rig with two small floating Jigheads/Crappie Minnows and one small White/Red Fly tipped with 1/3 Berkley Gulp Chartreuse Maggot.  Nine of the fish were in the 10-11" size range. Fish were scattered or lightly concentrated at a few spots.”

: Several anglers that were trolling reported getting a few fish.

SAUGEYE: On Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. Ray Beaumier, “C&R 4 fish in the 11-14" size range.  All were caught trolling the M-E flats with a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness w/#4 Chartreuse & White blade in 14-16' at 1-1.5 mph.”   Sunday evening Bryan Chambers fished the M-E section in the evening trolling in 20’ depth and C&R a 17” fish on an artificial.  

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. Ray Beaumier, “C&R 6 fish with several in the 20-22" size range on the M-E flats.  Fish were caught either trolling a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness in 14-16' or slow trolling a triple 3-way rig with small Floating Jigheads and Crappie Minnows in 12-16'.”

BLUE CATFISH: No reports.


Week ending 8/14/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 2.86 feet from full level.  We are entering a Full Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: While trolling a Crank Bait Sunday in M-E section, Bryan Chambers caught 2- 10” fish.  Roy Stein slow trolled Crank Baits in N-W section on Monday afternoon and C&R 6 - 9”-12” fish.  Tim Blasczyk and family caught 10 fish up to 10 ½” in M-W section using Minnows in 10-12’ depth over lay-downs.

: Sunday afternoon while trolling a Crank Bait in M-E section, Bryan Chambers C&R 5 fish including a FO (14”).

SAUGEYE: No reports.

BLUE GILL: Tim Blasczyk reports that he, “and Sam's two kids ages 7 and 4 caught 25 fish under a Slip Bobber and Minnow and Wax Worm. Gills were 6”-8”.”  They fished the M-E, 10’-12’ deep over lay-downs Saturday morning.

BASS: No reports.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Bryan Chambers trolled a Crank Bait in 18-20’ depths Sunday evening and C&R 2 fish up to 25” in M-E section. While drifting for Blue Cats Sunday night in North section Joe Hatfield reported, “I also picked up a decent FO (31"). Quite a few of the fish were in the 15-18-lb range.”  While drifting for Blue Cats on Saturday morning using cut Bait, Matt Miller C&R 2 fish of 20” each in North section.  Roy Sein C&R 3 fish including a FO (26”) while slow trolling Crank Baits in 8’ depth Monday afternoon in N-W section.

BLUE CATFISH: Matt Miller fished on Saturday morning and reported he, “drifted cut Bait on a Santee rig in 12’-22’ of water in the North section of the lake and C&R 5 fish up to 30".”  Joe Hatfield reported, “I hit the North pool on Sunday night and drifted using live Gills and cut Shad in 17’-22’.  I managed 20 fish throughout the night with the largest going 22-lb and FO (36"). A great technique for night fishing this time of year is to float a live Blue Gill about 3’ under a Bobber while drifting. The males hit those Gills with violent intent. You will find yourself in a pretty good fight with one angry fish. It looks like the bite is starting to heat up and the fish are in their normal depth range for this time of year. The bigger fish were holding tight to ledges in deeper water. The shad are scattered in different depths and it takes some work to get them. I was picking up Gills drifting a Bobber with a small piece of Night Crawler 4’ down in 6’-8’”. Roy Stein C&R a 29" fish, ”while slow trolling Crank Baits in about 8’ of water in N-W section on Monday afternoon.”





 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."

SAUGEYE  - 5/22/18 - The Senecaville Hatchery stocked 180,000 fingerling of approximately 1.5” in Hoover.  It was reported that the week before approximately the same number were stocked.  

From Rich Zweifel -Hoover was stocked with just over 418,000 fingerling saugeye this spring, which works out to roughly 145 fish per acre.  Saugeye production at our hatcheries was down a little bit this spring compared to last year, but those numbers are about average for what we’ve stocked into Hoover over the last 5 years.  Fish were stocked into Hoover on 2 dates, 5/18/18 and 5/22/18. 

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.”



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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.   

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.