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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"



Joe Hatfield - 40"

Jamie Thomas - 37"

Matt Miller - 37"

Steven Lowe - 37"



Tim Myers, Sr. - 14"

Walt Alexander - 13.25"

Mike Bloomfield - 13"

Walt Alexander - 13"

Brian Annis - 13"

Tim Myers, Sr. - 21" LM

Mike Kunkler - 20" LM


Ted Mosure - 26"

Mike Kunkler - 22"







2019 Contributing Reporters (CR)

Danny Adams

Lorraine Winters

Walt Alexander

Rich Zweifel

Brian Annis

Al Bachman

Ray Beaumier

Mike Bloomfield

Dave Bumgarner

Jeanna Burrell

Bill Canfield

David Carter

Tom Critser

Michael Gifford

Don Grant

Peter Greenberg

Joe Hatfield

Mike Kunkler

Steven Lowe

Matt Miller

Ted Mosure

Jeff Murdock

Tim Myers, Sr.

Gayle Nourse

Gary Romano

Jonathen Romonovich

Jamie Thomas

                                         NEXT REPORT 7/17/19

Week ending 7/3/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is +0.09 feet from full level and rising.  Brian Annis reported surface temps were “never below 79 and as high as 82.5 degrees this past week”. We’re into a New Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Michael Gifford and friend Bill fished and “C&R 12 fish, all barely over 9", except one.  It was 12".  Trolled East and West shore lines. I used an Erie Dearie with a Night Crawler, and Bill used drop weight, Hook and Minnows.  On Monday Walt & Cathy Alexander fished the M-E section and reported, “C&R 74, using Minnow/Slip 3-12' deep, shallow to deeper waters around lay downs. Walter C&R 2nd FO (13”) of the year."  On Monday Walt was joined by John Biteman and Ed Lavelle and “C&R 72 from 4”-12", using Minnow under Slip, 5-12' deep, deeper waters around lay down.”  Brian Annis reported, “Last week I fished Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from just before dawn till noon.  Trolling various Crank Baits, usually over 12-18’ of water in the M-E, M-W and N-E sections I C&R 12 fish on Wednesday, 18 on Friday, 29 Saturday and 23 Sunday.  Best fish was a FO (13") caught Wednesday over 22-25’ on a Salmo #6 Hornet, most fish were 10" to 11.5" with a few as small as 7".”

: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Friday, Don Grant “caught 12 fish up to FO (21.5”). Trolled Flicker Shads and Wiggle Warts. Most were small with 4 being keeper size over 15”, in 8-12’ deep water mostly in the afternoon.”  Ted Mosure used a Crank Bait with a Twister Tail Thursday night in M-E section and caught 2 fish of 12”. Michael Gifford C&R 6 fish on Friday, all under 15” and used an Erie Dearie with a Night Crawler.”   Brian Annis reported, “Trolling various Crank Baits, usually over 10-15’ of water in the M-E, M-W and N-E sections I C&R 3 fish on Wednesday, 3 on Friday, 3 Saturday and 5 Sunday.  All fish were 11" to 14".”

BLUE GILL: Ted & Linda Mosure fished the M-E section Thursday evening and Ted reports, “Linda and I went after them last evening with Wax Worms.  We stopped at 30.  About half were 7 - 7.5”.  It seems as though the larger ones were on the nests in about 3' of water and the immature ones were hanging back in deeper water waiting for their turn to raid the nests.” 

BASS: Al Bachman and Don Grant fished Friday a.m. in M-W side and Al C&R a 19”, 3.40 lb. LM while trolling Flicker Shad near rip rap.  Peter Greenberg sent us this report, “Donny Faulkner and I fished the points in M-E and produced 7 fish up to 17”, mostly SM.  From there we headed south and caught another 6 fish, mostly SM in the 14-18” range all on Tube Jigs.”.  From Brian Annis, “Trolling various Crank Baits, Friday morning in the N-E section, C&R 1 13" LM on a Salmo #6 Hornet over 15’ and Saturday in the M-E section C&R a 14.5" LM over 12-15’ on a Bomber 7a.”

CHANNEL CATFISH: Jeff Murdock fished the M-E and reported, “Fished Wednesday afternoon and had 1 bite around noon.  I C&R a FO (28”) using a Minnow in 20’ of water.  The minnow was down 10’.”  Jonathen Romanovich and his cousin fished from kayaks on Friday-Sunday in North section using Shrimp/Bobber and then cut Shad/Bobber and caught fish up to 24”.

BLUE CATFISH: Jonathen Romanovich and his cousin fished from kayaks on Friday-Sunday in North section using Shrimp/Bobber and then cut Shad/Bobber and caught fish up to 25”, with bigger fish caught on cut Shad.  Brian Annis sent us: “Trolling Salmo Hornets and Bomber 7a's C&R 3 fish 24.5", 19" and 22" Wednesday morning in the M-E section over 12-16’ of water.”


Week ending 6/26/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is +0.28 feet from full level.  We’re coming into a New Moon phase.

CRAPPIE: Brian Annis fished from his kayak and reported, “Sunday mid-morning in the M-E section, C&R 8 fish, the best 6 all around 11 to 11-1/2", 1 on a Flicker Shad the rest on Salmo Hornets over 8-18’ of water.”  Ray Beaumier told us, “Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier and John Bumpus caught 30 fish trolling 7 cm Shad colored Flicker Shads and Night Crawler Harnesses on the M-E and M-W flats in 15'.  Sixteen of the fish were in the 10-12" size range.”

WHITE BASS: No reports.

SAUGEYE: Ray Beaumier reported, “Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier and John Bumpus C&R 8 fish 11-14" long trolling Night Crawler Harnesses with #4 Colorado Chartreuse & White blades on the M-E and M-W flats in 15'.”

BLUE GILL: Ted Mosure fished in 3’ of water with a Twister and caught a bunch of fish and said, “They are on the beds.”  On Tuesday Ted brought his grandkids and reported, “We C&R 20 very nice fish up to 7 ½””.  

BASS: Brian Annis shared, “Sunday mid-morning in the M-E section, C&R 1-13" LM on a Salmo Hornet over 20-25’ of water. “  Sunday evening Ted & Linda Mosure fished the M-E section as Ted caught 2 fish up to 13” on a Crank Bait.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Brian Annis reported, “Sunday morning kayak trolling Crank Baits over 10-12’ of water I C&R 2 fish on 6cm Salmo Hornets. The first fish, a FO (29") hit at 7:00 a.m. in the M-E section.  I got the 2nd smaller, maybe 19", fish returning to the ramp on the West side around 11:45 a.m.”

BLUE CATFISH: On Friday Steven Lowe fished N-W section with cut Blue Gill from his kayak and C&R a FO (37”).  Ray Beaumier sent us: “Tuesday morning Ray Beaumier C&R a 20" and 26" fish trolling Night Crawler Harnesses with #4 Colorado Chartreuse & White blades on the M-W flats in 15'.”  



Week ending 6/12/19

The “real time” water level for Hoover as of this date is  -0.22 feet from full level.  Bill Canfield reported surface temperature were 76 degrees in Middle section on Thursday.  We observed water clarity was excellent Tuesday evening in Middle section. 

CRAPPIE: Mike Gifford and his friend Bill trolled the M-E section Thursday with drop weight and Crappie Minnows, and caught a dozen or so fish between 8"- 12 1/4".  Bill & Paula Canfield fished  Thursday afternoon in M-E and caught about 30 fish, 17 of them between 9”-11.25” on a 1/16- oz. Jig with Twister Tails and Wax Worms in 6-10’ of water.  All fish still had eggs, but are apparently on the last week or so of active spawning.  The best color was a tricolored Tail in Pink, Yellow and White.  Scott Furst reported he fished M-E section “Sat. morning until late afternoon. I caught 8 fish jigging in 18-21’ depths on main lake points and on the edge of flats near deep water breaks. I started trolling Crank Baits, 1/4oz. Hot n Tots. at those same depths. Speed was 1.5 mph to 2.2 mph. and caught 30+ fish.  Fish seemed to be everywhere.”  Pete & Stu Wilms fished a cove in M-E section in brush near shore with Minnows in 3-5’ depth and caught 19 fish from 8”-10”.

: Several angler reported getting small fish while trolling with various baits.

SAUGEYE: While trolling with drop weight and Crappie Minnows in the M-E section Thursday, Mike Gifford caught 2 fish < 15”.  Mike Kunkler on Friday in M-E section fishing a Tube in 8-10 depth C&R 3 fish including a FO (22”).  Gayle Nourse trolled M-W side on Saturday with a Crank Bait and caught 3 fish up to 15”.  On Saturday Scott Furst trolled the M-E section with Hot n Tots in 18-21” and caught 7 fish up to 17”.  He told, “Fish were generally close to faster breaks into deep water.”  Sunday evening Ted Mosure caught 3 fish up to 14” using a White Twister Tail in M-E section in 6-10’ depths.

BLUE GILL: Pete & Stu Wilms caught 3 fish while fishing with Minnows for Crappie in cove in M-E.

BASS: Mike Kunkler fished Friday in M-E section in 8-10’ depth with a Tube and C&R 5 fish including a FO (20”) LM. Ted Mosure fished M-E Saturday morning and got a 13” LM on a Crank Bait near the bushes.

CHANNEL CATFISH: Several angler reported getting small fish while trolling with various baits.

BLUE CATFISH: While trolling with drop weight and Crappie Minnows in the M-E section Thursday, Mike Gifford caught a 21” fish.  On Saturday Scott Furst trolled the M-E section with Hot n Tots in 18-21” and caught 5 fish.





           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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