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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.

2022 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.


CARP - 28”





 MUSKY - 40"









SUCKER - 20"


Mike Bloomfield - 32”

Mike Finch 34.5”

Jeremy Baker - 34"

Michael Cole - 29"



Eric Ratliff - 39"

Mike Bloomfield - 37"

Matt Miller - 36"

Jeremy Baker - 41"

Rick Stelzer - 13"

Michael Cole 13.5"

Tom Critser - 14.5"


Don Driscoll - 20.75" LM


Mike Meyer - 23"

Scott Furst - 24"



Cole Steele - 35.5"



Michael Cole - 41.5"

Zander Young - 40"


2022 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Walt Alexander

Brian Annis

Jeremy Baker

Mike Bloomfield

Bill Canfield

Michael Cole

Don Driscoll

Michael Gifford

Colin Gleek

Richard Knisley

Mike Meyer

Matt Miller

Ted Mosure

Eric Ratliff

Cole Steele

Rick Stelzer

Paul Wagner

Pete Wilms

Lorraine Winters

Rich Zweifel


Week ending 7/6/22

The lake is -1.33 feet from full pool.  Scott Furst found surface temperature to be 87 Sunday afternoon.

CRAPPIE:  Pete and Stu Wilms fished Monday a.m. in M-E section using Jointed Shad crank bait in 10-12’ depths and C&R 11 fish up to 10”.  Walt & Cathy Alexander fished the M-E section on Sunday morning, “using Minnow/Slip Bobber around lay-downs in 8’ of water, C&R 101 from 4 – 11.5", about 1/2 were legal size.” Scott Furst fished the Middle section Saturday a.m. and, “I trolled #7 Flicker Shads in 12-18’ of water. C&R 19 fish, 7 of which were over 12”.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Scott Furst fished Saturday a.m. Middle pool and told us, “I trolled #7 Flicker Shads in 12-18’ of water and C&R 3 fish over 15", the largest being 18".  He returned Sat. evening and used a #11 Rapala Floating Minnows or Jerk baits to catch 4 more.  On Sunday evening Scott fished shallow running Rogues in Chrome with a Black back to get 5 fish, the largest being 19". He went on to say, “Pretty sure the fish were coming up to hit those shallow running baits as I was trolling in 12-18’ of water.”


: No report.

: Scott Furst trolled Flicker Shads Saturday a.m. in 12-18’ depths and C&R 3 fish.

BLUE CATFISH:  While fishing the Middle section on Saturday morning, Scott Furst used Flicker Shads in 12-18’ depths and C&R 2 fish up to 31”.  Sunday evening Scott got 4 more.


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR:  No reports.

Week ending 6/29/22

The lake is - 0.88 feet from full pool.  We had a New Moon Tuesday night.

CRAPPIE:  Tom Critser reported, “Saturday evening, while trolling a Flicker Shad in the N-E end, I C&R a FO (14.5”) in about 20’ of water.”  He also reported that he caught 6 others but the bite was slow.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: On Friday Stu Wilms caught an 18" fish in M-E section by trolling a Jointed Crank bait in 12-15” of water.

BLUEGILL/ PERCH: On Sunday morning Michael Cole fished the M-E section using pieces of Night Crawler and C&R 60 fish up to 8.25”.

: Mike Meyer reported that he fished Monday a.m. in N-E using a Green Senko and “skill”, “C&R a 16" LM from shallows off of wood”.  He also commented the wind made boat and lure control difficult.

: Michael Cole fished Friday and Saturday morning from 4:30-7”30 and C&R 6 fish including 2 FO (26.75”, 29”) using cut Shad in M-E in 13’-18’ depths.

BLUE CATFISH:  Pete Wilms trolled a Jointed Crank bait on Friday morning in M-E section and caught a 31” fish in 12-15’ of water.   Michael Cole used cut Shad on Friday a.m. in M-E section and C&R a 24” fish.


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR:  No reports.

Week ending 6/22/22

The lake is - 0.20 feet from full pool.  

CRAPPIE:  While fishing Crank Baits close to bottom in 12’-18’ in Middle section on Saturday, Richard Knisley & Scott Furst caught 12 fish up to 12”.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE/WALLEYE: Richard Knisley fished with Scott Furst Saturday in the Middle section and reported, “Couldn’t keep the boat slower than 2 mph so we took the Crawler Harnesses off and went all Crank Baits. All were Flicker Shad. Tried Fire Tiger at first and I wanted a single Purple one out there for good luck. Eventually after the Purple caught the only few fish, we switched to all dark colors (Blue and Purple) for more success. Caught 1-16” fish on the M-W side on Purple at about 14’ of water with the lure being pretty close to the bottom. Caught another 17” Walleye on the M-E side to end the day.”

BLUEGILL/ PERCH: No reports.

:. Paul Wagner reported that Bill Hamilton age 91, fishing the M-W section is ~6’ depth, C&R a 2-lb. LM  using a Sexy Shad bait on Sunday.

: While fishing for Blue Cats, Michael Cole C&R a 20” fish on cut Shad in N-E section early Monday morning.

BLUE CATFISH:  Michael Cole fished M-E section on Thursday & Friday early a.m. and C&R 2 fish of 29” & 34” (19 lb.) using cut Shad in 8’ depths.  On Monday & Tuesday he fished the N-E section early a.m. using cut Shad and C&R 3 fish up to 30” in 6’ depths.

FLATHEAD CATFISH: Cole Steele fished the S-W section Saturday evening after sunset and C&R a FO (35.5”) using cut Shad.

CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR:  No reports.

Week ending 6/15/22

Brian Annis found surface temp to be 75 degrees in Middle pool on Sunday. The lake is +1.34 feet over full pool.  Tuesday night was the night of a Full Moon.

CRAPPIE:  On Saturday, “Bill and Paula Canfield fished from 2-6 p.m. in the M-W section. We found fish in brush with at least 7 ½’ of water, and used 1/16 oz. Jigs with Twister Tails and Berkeley Power Bait Maggots to entice about 40 fish, most of which were small. If the number of 8 ½ inchers this year are any indication, next year will be a good one! Most fish had very few eggs remaining in them. Sonar images indicated fish were scattered in what appears to be a post-spawn pattern.” Brian Annis sent us, “Trolling the M-E section over 10-12’ depths on Sunday with a Flicker Shad and over 4-6’ of water with a 3-1/4" Twitch Stick, C&R 3 fish 7" to 10".”  Rick Stelzer informed us, “Tuesday fishing in the heat between 1-2:30 p.m. C&R well over 15 fish of various size but plenty of 10-12” fish in 8-10’ depth on a rocky point loaded down with young of the year baitfish on Jig and various Plastics. Very aggressive bite. Heat bothered fisherman more than the fish!”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Michael Cole fished the M-E on Monday evening with White 3” Twister Tail on 1/8 oz. Jig and C&R 3 fish about 12”.

BLUEGILL/ PERCH: Brian Annis, on Sunday a.m., ”Trolling In the M-E section over 10-12’ of water with a Flicker Shad C&R 1 Yellow Perch 9".”

:. Don Driscoll fished on the bank in M-E section with Night Crawler on the bottom and C&R a FO (20.75”) LM.  He also reported “Using a 1/4 oz. Perch color Swim Bait caught C&R a 12” SM”.  Brian Annis fished M-E on Sunday and reported, “Trolling a 4" X-Rap and a 3-1/4" Twitch Stick in the M-E section over 5-7’ depth  C&R 3 LM 15",17" and 10".”    

CHANNEL CATFISH: Brian Annis fishing from his Kayak Sunday a.m. told us, “Trolling a 3-1/4" Twitch Stick in the M-E section C&R 3 fish 18"-24" over 4-6’ of water.”

BLUE CATFISH: Michael Cole told us he fished the S-W section on Friday evening and using cut Shad under Bobber in 8-12’ of water C&R 2 fish up to 31”.  On Sunday evening he C&R 2 more up to 28”. On Sunday a.m. while fishing the M-E section Brian Annis, “Trolled a 3-1/4" Twitch Stick, and slow trolled Shrimp and C&R 3 fish 20"-24" over 4-6’ of water.”


CARP: No report.

LONG NOSE GAR:  No reports.






          4/27/22 - From Rich Zweifel,Div. Of Wildlife: Walleye stocking

During 2019-2021, walleye and saugeye fingerlings (1-2”) were both stocked into Hoover every spring , each at a rate of 100 fingerlings / acre.  The idea being that adding walleye to the already successful saugeye fishery would diversify the opportunities for anglers at Hoover.  However, the fall surveys we use to assess survival of these stockings revealed that very few walleye survived to fall in any of those years.  Saugeye survival was at least 5-times higher than walleye survival in every year.  Therefore, we will be discontinuing walleye stocking at Hoover and instead will be stocking saugeye at 200 fingerlings per acre starting this spring.  This equates to a total stocking target at 575,000 saugeye fingerlings. We believe putting the walleye in a reservoir where they will be successful and doubling down on the saugeye fishery at Hoover is a better use of these important hatchery resources.       

               CATFISH  NEWS - HOOVER 2022

             5/18/22 - From Rich Zweifel, Div. Of Wildlife: Blue Cat sampling information

The Division of Wildlife wants to know how big the Hoover Reservoir Blue Catfish population has gotten and how many Blue Catfish anglers catch and harvest.  In order to answer this question, we will be tagging a lot of Blue Catfish from now until the end of July.  We will capture fish with electrofishing, using two boats on two days (most likely Tuesday and Wednesday) each week.  We will sample both close to shore and in the middle of the reservoir. Boats may be operating quickly, trying to capture all the fish stunned by the electrofishing.

In order to better understand what anglers are catching, we really need anglers to help us by reporting their Blue Catfish catches. We need reports from anglers on all of their Blue Catfish catches, both tagged and untagged.  Anglers can report fish that they catch using the Blue Catfish reporting tool which can be found at this website:

 4/27/22 - From Rich Zweifel, Div. Of Wildlife: Removing Special Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfishes


We’ve been monitoring the blue catfish population at Hoover very closely over the last several years.  Since the special catfish regulations went into effect at Hoover, the density of blue catfish has increased, as anticipated, but unexpectedly, growth of blue catfish has slowed.  For example, a five year old blue catfish  was nearly 1.5” smaller in 2021 (L5 = 17.3”) than in 2016 (L5 = 18.8”).  We’ve seen a generally declining trend in growth rates of other ages as well.  We haven’t surveyed the Hoover channel catfish population since 2016 but we suspect that with more catfish in the system overall, channel catfish growth may also be suffering.   

The goal of the blue catfish stocking program is to create opportunities for trophy-size (>35”) individuals.  In order for this stocking program to meet the goal of producing trophy-sized individuals, fast growth rates must be maintained for all ages.  We want to do all we can to maintain fast growth of blue catfish and ensure that Hoover is able to consistently provide opportunities for trophy-sized fish.  Allowing more harvest of both channel catfish and blue catfish would be expected to decrease the overall density of catfish and increase growth rates of both fishes.  Therefore we are proposing to remove these special harvest regulations at Hoover starting in 2023 and allowing harvest of catfishes to return to following the statewide regulations for both species.   

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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.