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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.

2018 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 – 32”

Bob McCarthy – 31.5”

Mike Finch – 28”

Joe Hatfield – 32”

Brian Annis – 29”

Jeff Tennant – 28”

Matt Miller – 32.5”

Lily Gibney - 31"

Tim Van Auken -29"

Ray Beaumier - 27"

Tim Blasczyk - 29"

John Cannaday - 28"
Joe Looby - 34"

Al Bachman - 28"

Nick Culver - 30"


Kyle Gibney - 40"

Joe Hatfield - 39"

Mike Bloomfield – 35”

Chase Harvey -36”

Gabe Gonzalez - 35"

Bob McCarthy - 35.5"

John McCarthy - 35"

Roy Wade - 37"

Brooke Thomas - 35.5"
Charlotte Hatfield - 39.75"

Lance Hackworth - 37"

Kate Anthony - 40"


Don Grant - 15"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Scott Furst - 13"

Kevin Winters - 13"

Bob McCarthy - 14"

Brian Annis - 14"

Bob McCarthy - 19" SM
Don Grant - 20.5" LM

Craig Schorling - 21.5" SM

Jeff Tennant - 20" LM


Bob McCarthy - 22"


Brian Annis - 16"

Laura Biteman - 14"

Bob McCarthy - 14.5"

Tim Blasczyk - 16"


Bryan Chambers - 35"

Dave Funk - 60 lb.

Al Bachman - 26"

Bob McCarthy - 29.5"


Christopher  Melvin - 9" BG



2018 Contributing Reporters (CR)

John Adair

Ethan Simmons

Walt Alexander

Kenny Simpson

Brian Annis

Jeff Tennant

Dan Armitage

Jamie Thomas

Al Bachman

Tim Van Auken

Ray Beaumier

Huey White

John Biteman

John Windau

Tim Blasczyk

Lorraine Winters

Mike Bloomfield

John Cannaday

Bryan Chambers

Andy Elliott

Scott Furst

Kyle Gibney

Michael Gifford

Gabe Gonzalez

Joe Hatfield

Chad Karg

Joe Looby

Bob McCarthy

Matt Miller

Lewis Mould

Jim O'Connor

David Perry

Craig Schorling

Week ending 8/15/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 3.91 feet from full level.

Tim Blasczyk reported the surface temperature was 81 degrees in Middle section Saturday a.m.. 

CRAPPIE: Tim Blasczyk tells us, “I was out on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:30 and caught 22 fish, 10 which were 10-12” in  M-E section  in 21’ of water, 12’ down trolling Flicker Shad.”   Tim was also, “out Monday and caught 10 fish, all 9-10”, trolling Flicker Shad in 12’ of water in M-E section.”

WHITE BASS: Monday night, Tim Blasczyk C&R 21 fish from 12” to FO (16”) trolling Flicker Shad in in M-E section..

SAUGEYE: Tuesday evening Ray Beaumier reports that he, “trolled a Bottom Bouncer/Night Crawler Harness with a #4 Colorado Blade Pearl/Chartreuse w/Orange spots at 1.2 MPH in 15’ of water and C&R 4 fish in the 12-13" size range. Several of the fish hit when dropping the rod back while trolling suggesting they were following the bait and then hit it as it slowed when I dropped the rod it back.”

: No reports.

BASS: John Adair reported he, “fished Wednesday with Troy Bucher and caught 5 fish that would’ve been keepers, 4 LM and 1 SM and four smaller fish. The SM was the biggest of our fish at around 3-lbs. All fish were caught on Deep Crankbaits, Shakey Heads and Carolina Rigs on main lake points and channel swings in 10-14’ depths. Fished again Saturday morning with Troy and we caught 15 LM.  Saturday we caught fish on a variety of baits and water depths .Water as shallow as 4’ out to 14’ and depths in between.  We caught fish on Crankbaits, Carolina Rigs, Shakey Heads and Texas Rigs.”  Jeff Tennant fished the S-W section and reports, “fished Friday evening from 9:00 p.m-2 a.m. and caught 6, all on Rubber Worm from shore - all between 10-14".  I also fished Sunday evening from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and caught 2 again on Rubber Worm from shore - one was about 12" the other was 19".”  Ted Mosure caught 2 LM (12", 13") on Sexy Shad crankbait at 10:30 p.m. in 3-5' of water in M-E.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Sunday Ted Mosure reported, “Linda and I got out and we caught 4 fish up to 24" on raw Shrimp drifting in M-E section at dusk/dark.”

BLUE CATFISH: Thursday night Joe Hatfield went out and reports, “All year I have had a pack of neighborhood kids hanging around asking if I will take them fishing. With school on the horizon I decided to get them on the water and make some Catfisherman and Catfisherwomen out of them.  Tonight I took Jason Hackworth, his son Landon Hackworth (8), and Kate Anthony (10) out for a night on Hoover. We drifted up North in 11-20’ using Shad. We managed 4 fish. Landon Hackworth reeled in a 29" and a 37" fish weighing around 25-lbs. Kate Anthony was a little more lucky. She reeled in a 37" fish weighing around 25-lbs. and a whopper 40" fish that was well in the 30-lb. range.”  While fishing Saturday a.m. in M-E section Tim Blasczyk caught 2 fish 18” & 22” trolling the Flicker Shad.


Week ending 8/8/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 3.31 feet from full level.  

Bob McCarthy found surface temperatures to be 80-82 degrees on Monday morning in M-E section.  On Saturday we will have a New Moon.

CRAPPIE: No reports.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: On Sunday Craig Schorling fished the M-E section around 9 a. m, and caught a FO (25.25”) in about 12‘on a small Jig tipped with a Minnow. Bob McCarthy was fishing in 20-25’ of water in M-E section early Monday a.m. and C&R 3 fish including 2 FO (22”) using Crank Baits.  

: No reports.

BASS: John Adair reports he, “had the chance to fish last Wednesday with Troy Bucher. We managed 4 keeper LM with our best fish being 2.75-lbs . We caught a couple of short fish as well. We caught them on kind of a hodge podge of baits including Carolina rigs, Shakey Heads and deep diving Crank Baits . All fish were caught on main lake points and channel swings.”  Bob McCarthy fished Thursday a.m. in M-E section and C&R a F) (19”) SM using a Buzz Bait in shallows.  On Monday in early a.m. he used Crank Bait in 20-25’ of water to C&R 14” fish.  Jeff Tennant reported, “Fished Tuesday evening for about an hour and a half. Only caught one but it was a nice one. Went FO (20") and was approximately 5 lbs. Caught on Black Rubber Worm on  bottom from shore in S-W section.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Matt Miller reported that he, “Had better luck this week. I got out on Saturday morning. I drifted and strolled cut Bait in the North pool in 11-17’ of water. I C&R 4 fish including a FO (32.5").”

BLUE CATFISH: Matt Miller reported, “I also C&R 5 fish with the largest 34". Five of the fish (4 Blues and 1 Channel) were caught by suspending the bait down about 7’ below the surface. It was nice to finally have some wind blowing.”  On Tuesday Brian Chambers fished the M-E section and reported, “trolling in 15’ C&R 2 fish on Strike King XD. One 29” & one 24”.”  Joe Hatfield sent us this, “I finally got back on the water for a brief outing with my daughter Charlotte Rose Hatfield this evening. It was a pretty slow night. We drifted cut Shad in 16-22” up North. We ended up catching one fish, but it was a biggun. My daughter reeled in a fish measuring a hair under 40". I didn't have a scale on me, but this was the largest blue that has been caught on my boat this year. If I made an educated guess based off some of the 25-lb fish I caught this year, I would guess it was a high 20 or low 30- lbs.” 


Week ending 8/1/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 2.68 feet from full level.  

CRAPPIE: Al Bachman & Don Grant fished the North section Thursday morning and caught 6 fish casting, jigging and trolling various baits.  On Sunday Walt & Cathy Alexander, “fished the M-E section  from 6:30-10:30 a.m., C&R 91 up to 11" using Minnow under Slip Bobber 11-15' deep around lay downs.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: No reports.

: No reports.

BASS: John Adair sent us this, “Fished the tournament on Wednesday with my friend Bryan Mularcick since Troy was out of town. We had 4 fish that totaled 8.72-lbs and Bryan caught our best fish which was 3.57-lbs. All fish were caught on main lake on wind-blown points on Deep Diving Crank Baits. About 7 ish the wind died and so did the bite never had another bite once the wind laid down. Fished Sat evening with the wife and had one bite on a Deep Diving Crank Bait and it was a 15” LM.”  On Sunday Craig Schorling fished the M-E section and C&R a FO (21.5”) SM on a Jig tipped with a Live Minnow in 12’ depth.  Al Bachman sent us, “Went out last Thursday.  A beautiful day to fish.  From 9:00-2:00 p.m., went out of Oxbow and fished the North pool.  Don Grant ultimately caught 2 nice LM on a Carolina rig.  We cast, jigged , trolled, you name it.”  Kenny Simpson, “Fished the S-E Sunday at 6:00 a.m. and finished until 2:00 p.m. and caught a total of 14 fish with 4 being under 12" and the others ranging from 12" to 14".  Had one over 3.5-lbs. using a Purple and Black Jig fishing the windy banks.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Saturday Joe Hatfield fished the North pool with KC Culver and his son Nick who C&R 2 FO (28” & 30”) using cut Shad in 15-16’ of water and .Joe C&R a FO (32”).  Matt Miller reveals what others are finding, “If you would have told me I would only catch 1 FO fish in July, I would have told you were crazy. Not sure what is going on but the catfish are smarter than me this year.”

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield sent us: “I took my neighbor and his two young boys out for some cats on Wednesday. We fished up north drifting cut Shad in 20’. Only managed a tagged fish weighing about 5-lbs.  (that growth variance blows my mind).  Once the kids got bored I dropped them off and went out to do a little experimenting. I drifted in 20-27’, but suspending baits down around 14’ just above the thermocline. I managed a couple little fish with the biggest going 29".”  On Saturday Joe went out again and reported, “I think the big fish packed up and went on vacation or from the looks of my fish finder, decided to park their big butts in deep water and don't feed. I took my buddy KC and his son Nick Culver fishing. We drifted the North pool hitting 10-22’ using cut Shad. We ended up with two small fish.”  Matt Miller reported, “On Sunday morning, I strolled cut Bait in the North section of the lake in 8-22’ of water.  I only C&R 3 fish with the largest about 25".”


Week ending 7/25/18

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is – 2.06 feet from full level.  

Bob McCarthy reports surface temperatures of 79 degrees in Middle section on Wednesday morning.  We will have a Full Moon on Friday.

CRAPPIE: Bob McCarthy C&R 6 fish Wednesday morning in Middle section using Crank Baits in 20’of water.

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: John Adair said that, “While fishing for Bass Wednesday night in the North pool Troy Bucher managed to catch one of the elusive Hoover Saugeye also on a football jig.”

BLUE GILL: No reports.

BASS: John Adair sent us this: “Fished Wednesday evening with Troy Bucher and things picked up just a little. We managed to catch 12 LM only 6 of which were “keepers”.  All fish were caught on Football Jigs in 10-14’ of water on main lake points in North pool”.

CHANNEL CATFISH: On Wednesday morning Bob McCarthy C&R 2 FO (27” & 28”) using Crank Baits in Middle section in 20 depth.  While fishing the Catfish Tournament Saturday Joe Hatfield C&R a FO (29") drifting cut Shad in ~20’ depth in North end.  On Sunday morning Andy Elliott fished the N-E section in 12’ depth using Shrimp and C&R a 21” fish.  

BLUE CATFISH: Joe Hatfield reports from the Saturday night Catfish Tournament when they won 1st Place, “What a difference a couple days and some rain makes. Kyle Gibney and I fished the Hoover tourney and C&R some pretty good fish. In all we had 4 fish between FO (36" & 39"). We caught around 15 fish total all coming from the 20’ range drifting cut Shad in the North pool.”  John Cannaday reported, “Went out on Monday evening with my buddy between the storms and we each managed to land a 22' and 26" fish on Shrimp 12' down in 30' of water in M-E section.”



 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.”

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.”

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