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“Pennsylvania is a hunting powerhouse.” 

Those were the words of Game Commission Hunter Outreach Coordinator, Derek Stoner, while recently describing hunting in the Keystone State to members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association during the organization’s annual conference in West Chester. 

He had the stats to back it up, too: highest overall turkey harvest; highest number of turkey hunters; highest number of bear hunters; highest number of bowhunters; top five for total antlered buck harvest; number two for antlerless harvest; second highest total number of hunters overall; and the list goes on. 

Despite the commission graduating 40,000-plus hunter education students per year, hunter ranks continue to dwindle to a shadow of what they once were, not only here, but nationwide. So the Game Commission is getting creative with how it plans to engage lapsed hunters, as well as bring new hunters to the fold.

The agency adopted the national R3 model of recruitment, retention, and reactivation and is trying some new approaches to garner the attention of former and potential hunters in an effort to boost license sales. 

It recently hired well-known TV personality, turkey-calling champion, and Pennsylvania native Matt Morrett as marketing director, and is launching a video campaign to highlight the work of the agency both to hunters and non-hunters alike. 

“We’re really putting an intentional focus on mentoring new, first-generation adult hunters,” Stoner said. “The millennial generation (22 to 37 years-old) comprises more than 95 million individuals, making it the largest generation in U.S. history. Great interest in the “Locavore Movement” means that wild game meat is highly desired by a large audience of potential new hunters, and we want to tap into that interest pool.” 

He mentioned that while the Commission puts a lot of effort into recruiting youth hunters, especially through its popular mentor program, less than 15% of youth hunter education class graduates are still purchasing a license five years later. 

“Kids have a lot of obstacles to get into hunting, especially if they don’t have a hunting parent. Sports and other extra-curriculars, time, money and transportation all can hold them back from getting afield,” Stoner said. 

“But those obstacles aren’t as restrictive to 22 year-old college grads with newly discovered time and money on their hands. They can drive, they are interested, and they might want to give hunting a try. We’re keying in on this population.” 

He also explained that 12% of Pennsylvania hunters are women, and this number continues to grow. 

“There are a lot of different ways to bring new hunters into the fold rather than the traditional family approach. There are instances where female hunters are mentoring other female friends. One of our turkey photo contest participants from last year made mention that she recruited her husband as a new hunter, so it’s not always a father or grandfather teaching their children or grandchildren how to hunt,” Stoner explained. 

In partnership with Quality Deer Management Association, the commission plans to offer a new Mentor Training Program modeled after the national QDMA Field to Fork program, in which existing hunters can be trained and certified to bring other hunters to the field. 

It also is exploring a digital mentoring program with the Powderhook app, where hunters can sign up to be mentored or become a mentor, offering suggestions, answering questions and serving as an online sounding board for those just breaking into the sport. 

“It’s really a matter of engagement,” Stoner said. “Hunters really are blessed here in the state of Pennsylvania with some really exceptional opportunities, and we just need more people to continue to take advantage of those offerings by joining or returning to our hunting ranks.”

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Tiny sturgeon like this one were released into the Maumee River last year, but a much larger specimen was recently caught above the former Ballville dam in Fremont.

Story detailed in the May 24 print edition of Ohio Outdoor News

If you tear it down they will come, to put a twist on a saying made popular by the Kevin Costner classic baseball film, “Field of Dreams.”

What was torn down, in this case, was the infamous Ballville Dam on the scenic Sandusky River at Fremont. The demolition and restoration work was finished last year and runoff now has cut a graceful channel through the former two-mile-long, silt-filled backwater pool.

What came well up into the scenic stream was a three- to-four-foot-long Great Lakes sturgeon.

The big fish, up from Lake Erie via Sandusky Bay, was incidentally snagged by an angler recently at Wolf Creek Park – four miles above the site of the dam that had blocked the stream since 1913. The structure, at 407 feet long and nearly 35 feet high, had been the largest dam left on the Great Lakes.

Fisheries biologists long had blamed the historic placement of dams on Great Lakes streams as one of the major causes of long-term sturgeon decline, for the dams cut off the big fish from critical spawning beds. Now, in just one season, a big sturgeon shows up in the upper Sandusky where none had been seen in perhaps 150 years (other, smaller dams preceded the Ballville structure). You can safely bet it was not the only one.

A full account of the catch (and release) appears in the current issue of Ohio Outdoor News, written by friend and colleague James Proffitt. The news is exciting because it justifies the arguments of the coalition of persistent individuals who battled for more than a decade for dam removal, after it had been declared a “most dangerous” and neglected safety hazard in 2007 by state dam inspectors.

The presence of the sturgeon so far upstream so soon also is exciting because it opens yet another important Lake Erie tributary to sturgeon spawning. The lower 32 miles of the Maumee River to the west, the largest stream on the Great Lakes, also is known sturgeon habitat. A white bass angler caught a five-foot sturgeon in 2000 just below the Grand Rapids Dam, the first modern record and a demonstration that the river could support the fish.

Then just last fall, a project by the Toledo Zoo and state and federal fisheries partners released some 3,000 sturgeon fingerlings into the lower Maumee. It will be years before these latest representatives of this slow-growing, slow-maturing ancient species are able to reproduce. But the ball is rolling.

Perhaps, one day soon, a similar project will be conducted to jump-start a population of sturgeon in the Sandusky River, now that it is open for 22 miles to Tiffin.

Of course, sport anglers are hoping such good fortunes also befall walleye and white bass, the spring spawning runs of which also were blocked by the dam. But for now, for sure, the old sturgeon are leading that way.


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San Antonio, Texas — Grunt Style, an online lifestyle retailer, provides more than just apparel, they instill pride in self, military, and country. True to its commitment to infuse a deep respect for members of the military, on Monday, May 27 the company will shut down all website sales at Gruntstyle.com to honor America’s fallen military veterans.

In addition to an on-site Memorial Day Remembrance Service held at its headquarters in downtown San Antonio, GruntStyle.com will serve as home base for an eight-hour online event paying tribute to fallen military heroes and featuring opportunities to donate to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization offering care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the armed forces or as a result of his or her service.

“No Memorial Day sale can take the place of the lives lost while defending our country,” said Daniel Alarik, founder and CEO of Grunt Style. “For our entire team, every day is an opportunity to honor and remember those who sacrificed everything for our freedom.”

Alarik and President Tim Jensen are both veterans – along with the nearly 400 U.S. veterans who work at the company. This year, Grunt Style employees have volunteered to read each of the more than 4,000 names of fallen members of the military, post 9/11, throughout the day. The day-long remembrance will be streamed live on GruntStyle.com and the company’s Facebook page @gruntstyle, and will culminate with an on-site service highlighting two bright spotlights to signify the Twin Towers while a Color Guard display honors our fallen heroes.

Event details:

Monday May 27

• 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. – Online Memorial Day Remembrance at Gruntstyle.com – no online sales

• 1 p.m. – Grunt Style employees begin reading names of fallen heroes, post 9/11 (streamed online and on Facebook @gruntstyle)

• 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Memorial Day Remembrance Service – Grunt Style Headquarters, 900 Broadway Street, San Antonio, Texas

Learn more about Grunt Style, its products and its mission to instill the fighting spirit of America in everything it does at gruntstyle.com and join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram at @GruntStyle.

Categories: Press Releases

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Walleye fishing in some of the smaller lakes where fish are stocked should be real good, real soon. Here’s how to catch ’em.

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June 22: Cleveland Hailers DU Fish Fry/Game Dinner Picnic, 1 p.m. Dave & April Blaylock’s. For more info call April Blaylock, 216-749-7758.

Aug. 10: Southwest Ohio WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet Center, Loveland. For more info call Brandon Showen, 937-725-9349.

Sept. 7: Central Ohio WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., Aladdin Shrine Center, Grove City. For more info call Brandon Showen, 937-725-9349.

Nov. 22: East Central Ohio WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Lake Park Pavilion, Coshocton. For more info call Angie, 614-374-0292.


June 16, July 21: Leipsic Fishing & Hunting, 3D Bowshoot, 9 a.m. reg. For more info call Josh Palte, 419-969-4805.

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Lake Milton Fish & Game, 4374 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, 44401. For more info call Dennis, 330-414-5795.

May 25-26, June 22-23, July 27-28, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 21-22: McKenzie 3D Targets, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Now-May 30: Buckeye Outdoor Youth Education & Shooting Center, Mon. & Thurs. 5-8:30 p.m., Copley Trap Range, Copley. For more info call Harvey Betchel, 330-620-6909.

June 29-30: Disabled Veterans 3D Shoot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Apache Bowhunters Schedule. For more info www.apachebowhunters.com or call Jerry, 614-878-3507.

June 1: ODNR.

June 2: IBO Warm Up.

July 21: OPA Money Class.

Aug. 3-4: OSTA.

Aug. 25: Bonus Target.

Sept. 14-15: Two Day.

Season Dates

May 26: Spring wild turkey season closes northeast zone.

June 1: Crow season opens (Friday, Saturday and Sundays only).


Aug. 2-3: Deerassic Classic Giveaway & Outdoor Expo, Cambridge. www.DeerassicClassic.com for more info.

Sept. 28-29: Lehigh Valley Knife Shows, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.


July 20: Eastern Hills Rod, Gun & Conservation Club Education, 8 a.m., Batavia. For more info call Jay Batterson, 513-752-5869.


Hubbard Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of every month. For more info call Mike 330-534-4895.

Gallia County Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of each month, 6:30 p.m., Gallia County Gun Club. For more info call Eric Clary, 740-208-1498.

Little Miami NWTF, meets the 2nd Wed. of every month. For more info call 513-276-5162.

Tiffin-Seneca Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7:30 p.m., Tiffin. For more info call Rob Weaver, 419-618-6489.

Wadsworth Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., Wadsworth. For more info call Matthew Porter, 330-331-8406.

Cincinnati Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7 p.m., Loveland. For more info call Mary Joyce Thomas, 513-617-7079.

Delta Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Delta. For more info call Cassandra Mehlow, 419-250-4301.

Lawrence County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Sat. 5 p.m., Pedro. For more info call Stacie Burton, 740-646-6208.

Seven Mile Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Thurs. 8 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Jeff Burton, 513-726-4362.

Lorain County Ely Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Mon. 7 p.m., Penfield Township. For more info call Angel Burt, 440-310-1283.

Central Ohio Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Columbus. For more info call Tony DiNovo, 740-747-0933.

Fairport Harbor Rod & Reel Assoc, meets the 3rd Thurs. every month, 6-30 Club Grounds. For more info call Dale Mullen, 440-413-9689.

Monroeville-Huron County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 4th Wed. 8 p.m., Monroeville. For more info call Richard Pheiffer, 419-668-4116.

Anthony Wayne Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Mon. 7 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Kristen Allen Withrow, 513-659-5989.

Dry Fork Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Okeana. For more info call Fred Boehner, 513-899-4592.

Fairfield Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fairfield. For more info call Robert Kraft, 513-868-3430.

Fremont Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fremont. For more info call Dan Summersett, 419-202-3618.

Hamilton Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wed. 6:30 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Frederick Quick, 513-894-2414.

Headwaters Chapter Izaak Walton League Meets monthly Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Township. For more info call Ivan Hack, 440-897-3855.

Hocking County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Logan. For more info call William Cox, 740-385-6632.

Martin L. Davey Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Ravenna. For more info call John Nelson, 330-677-5260.

Medina Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Sat. 6:20 p.m., Medina. For more info call Faye Jessie, 330-722-6853.

Mount Healthy Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 8 p.m., Cincinnati. For more info call Mary Burdett, 513-418-2382.

Wayne County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., West Salem. For more info call Linda Peterson, 330-603-5617.

Western Reserve Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Willoughby. For more info call Jim Storer, 440-946-8757.

Tallawanda Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Oxford. For more info call Ronald Cox, 513-461-3838.

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Central Region

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) – Fishermen employing minnows under a float have been rewarded with a mixed bag of fish recently. Crappies, largemouth bass, and catfish are all in the mix. The crappies are running from nine to 12 inches. Bass up to 2 pounds. A bunch of bluegills are also being caught on these same baits.

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Saugeyes are the main quarry at this large central Ohio lake right now. Anglers are successfully trolling small crankbaits to get saugeyes from 16 to 18 inches. Some crappies are also being caught by anglers fishing wood.

Knox Lake (Knox County) – This lake is known for its population of largemouth bass, and anglers are catching a few of them this spring. Anglers are fishing crankbaits near the dam to get largemouth bass up to 3 pounds. Most bass anglers release all of the fish they catch.

Hoover Reservoir (Delaware, Franklin counties) – Anglers fishing here recently have been able to find the crappies. The successful setup has been a small swimbait or crankbait, either trolled or cast. Anglers are reporting good size on these papermouths, up to 12 inches.

Indian Lake (Logan County) – Anglers are doing quite well on crappies here now that the water temperature has warmed a bit. The popular setup has been a crappie rig tipped with a minnow and a nightcrawler. Some nice size channel catfish are also being caught on these same outfits. Some anglers are also catching saugeyes by trolling small crankbaits.

Northwest Region

Sandusky River (Sandusky County) – Now that the walleye run has ended, anglers are shifting their focus to white bass with some success. One angler recently reported catching more than 20 white bass in one day. The popular bait has been a jig with a chartreuse twister tail.

Maumee River (Lucas County) – White bass by the hundreds are being caught on the Maumee right now, according to Maumee Bait and Tackle. The majority of the white bass are being caught outside of the current and near shore. Also, channel catfish are being caught all up and down the river. A particularly large catfish was caught on Mother’s Day at Orleans Park.

Maumee Bait and Tackle, www.maumeetackle.net

Upper Sandusky Reservoir No. 2 (Wyandot County) – Crappies and bass are being caught on plastics of different varieties. Anglers are searching out cover and then casting to it to find fish, according to local reports. Bass have ranged from 12 to 16 inches, while crappies have been up to 11 inches.

Northeast Region 

West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) – Water clarity has improved in recent days, and anglers are going after muskies here with some success. Fishing large spinnerbaits and crankbaits, fishermen are catching some muskies. The best bite is coming in shallow water near wood.

LaDue Reservoir (Geauga County) – Fishermen are after largemouth bass here and are having some success. Anglers are casting all manner of plastics at the largemouths. Fish have ranged up to 3 pounds, and most fish are being released.

Lake Milton (Mahoning County) – Anglers are doing quite well here for crappies and white bass. The successful setup has been a simple minnow under a float.

Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – Anglers are casting jerkbaits to catch walleyes here in good numbers. Fishermen are also doing well on crappies by anchoring near woody debris in the lake and fishing it with a jig and minnow combo.

Southwest Region

Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County) – Anglers are catching some largemouth bass on the main lake at Rocky Fork. The best bite is coming on plastics in chartreuse and orange. Crappies, too, are being caught on the same baits. Fish the bait rather shallow, 5-7 feet, for better results.

Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – Anglers are fishing the spillway area of the lake for saugeyes and crappies. Best results are coming on wax worms or minnows fished under a float. Keep the bait in 10 to 15 feet of water for better luck.

C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) – Anglers are doing well shore fishing for crappies. A simple minnow or wax worm under a float should do the trick. The walleye bite, however, has been slow to report.

Caesar Creek Lake (Warren, Clinton, Greene counties) – Anglers are fishing for crappies and bluegills with some success. The bite is reportedly a deep one between 16 and 20 feet. The successful setup has been a crappie rig tipped with minnows.

Cowan Lake (Clinton County) – When water clarity has been decent, anglers are catching a few crappies in anywhere from five to 10 feet of water. You can’t go wrong on crappies at this time of year by fishing live minnows. Wax worms or maggots will also fit the bill for these papermouths.

Southeast Region

Tappan Lake (Harrison County) – Crappies are reportedly on fire at this Harrison County lake. Anglers are fishing slip bobbers with a minnow for the best bite. Some fish have been slab size, up to 13 inches. Find any stickups or blowdowns and fish it at about 6-10 feet deep.

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – A few crappies are being caught in the shallows on wax worms and minnows. Bank fishermen are casting for crappies, and bluegills, with some success. Water clarity hasn’t been the best.

Seneca Lake (Noble, Guernsey counties) – Fishermen are successfully trolling Flicker Shad for saugeyes, crappies, and white bass. The saugeyes have been of decent size, up to 17 inches. Crappies, too, have been decent, up to 13 inches.

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Fishermen are doing quite well catching saugeyes here, along with some largemouth and smallmouth bass, and crappies. Size on the saugeyes is ranging up to 16 inches, and the bass have been of decent size as well.

Lake Erie Region

• The daily bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleyes is 15 inches.

• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.

• Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass): From May 1-June 21, the daily bag limit is one fish (singly or in combination) per angler with an 18-inch minimum size limit.


Where: Fishing has improved with more stable weather patterns. Anglers are still finding fish on and adjacent to the reef complex in the Western Basin, as well as near the islands and east to Vermilion. Fish are still being taken on hair jigs and blade baits, though trolling seems to be taking most of the fish. Deep diving crankbaits and stickbaits trolled 80-120 feet back without snap weights are producing the best.

How: Anglers have been jigging 5⁄8- to 1-ounce hair jigs in eight to 20 feet of water, with purple and black reported as the best colors. In addition, anglers jigging blade baits have also been successful. Anglers trolling have been having success using deep diving crankbaits and spoons at 35 to 55 feet back. Some anglers have started to switch to trolling harnesses with intermittent success

Smallmouth Bass  

Where: Largemouth and smallmouth bass will be moving up shallower to spawn in the coming weeks. Anglers are beginning to target largemouth in some of the harbors and tributaries, while reports of smallmouth bass have been trickling in from the lake. Reports of incidental catches have been reported near the Islands, the mid-lake reef complex, and near Vermilion.

How: Texas-rigged soft plastics and wacky worms usually produce well for largemouth bass. For anglers targeting smallmouths, tubes often work well, though plenty of fish are being taken on hair jigs and blade baits, as well as trolling crankbaits.


Where: Look for fish starting to move into harbors and river mouths in the coming weeks as fish begin staging to spawn. Anglers have reported intermittent success, but the warmer weather should start to bring fish into shore.

How: A 1⁄16- or 1⁄32-ounce jig and minnow fished under a slip bobber is the most common technique this time of year. Casting small crankbaits or jigs and plastics also works well.

The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are offering good fishing conditions at the moment, although rain forecasted could change that. Anglers should check the flow gauge trend before making a trip to the river. A fair number of postspawn steelhead were still being caught this week, but as is typical this time of year their numbers in the streams will dwindle quickly as many head back to Lake Erie. The cooler weather lately, though, has extended the season a bit.  Stealing the spotlight from steelhead this time of year are very good numbers of lake-run smallmouth bass. These fish are present in deeper, rocky holes throughout the main branch of the river. Anglers fishing a jig, wooly bugger, live shiner, or other lures/flies that mimic a baitfish have a shot at hooking “the silver and bronze” (a smallmouth or steelhead) in the same day for the next few weeks. Note: as of May 1 the Lake Erie zone smallmouth/largemouth bass combined bag limit changes to one bass/day of 18 inches minimum size. The zone includes Lake Erie waters and (locally) the Rocky River to the Detroit Road bridge, Cuyahoga River to the Harvard Road bridge, and Chagrin River to the Route 283 bridge. Lake-run channel catfish and common carp are also showing up in the streams.

When the lake conditions haven’t been too rough, the Cleveland shoreline breakwalls are offering a hot postspawn night bite for walleyes. Perfect 10s, Husky Jerks, and glow swimbaits are a few of the offerings that produce. The breakwall at E. 55th, pier and breakwall at Wendy Park (old Coast Guard station), and rocks at Edgewater Park and E. 72nd are good spots for walleyes and also offer a shot at yellow perch, steelhead, and variety of other species. The harbor areas at Edgewater, Gordon, and Wildwood parks in spring are good places to find largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and panfish. A white spinnerbait with silver blades or shad crankbait is a good choice for both bass and pike. Beginning this boating season, Cleveland Metroparks public boat launch ramps at Rocky River, Edgewater, Gordon Park, and Wildwood will be charging a fee ($5 daily or season pass for $30 for Cuyahoga County residents and $35 for out-of-county residents) for trailered watercraft. Note that 100 percent of proceeds will go back into lakefront improvements projects.

Opportunities for catching trout are very good at the metroparks’ stocked inland lakes. Recently, metroparks stocked 400 pounds of trout at Ledge Lake, and on April 29 it stocked 600 pounds of trout in Wallace Lake, which included some brook and golden rainbow trout to add spice to the standard rainbow trout. The Ohio Division of Wildlife stocked pan-sized rainbow trout at Hinckley and Shadow lakes on March 29. A few trout are still present at Shadow, Judge’s, and Ranger lakes, as well as at the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area down the hill from CanalWay Visitor Center off E. 49th Street. Most of these fish at the latter locations have seen a good amount of fishing pressure at this point so the most successful anglers have been diverse in their offerings until they find what the fish want on a given day.

Rainbow trout stocking in the East Branch Rocky River has concluded for the season. There are plenty of trout to go around as Metroparks has stocked 2,400 pounds in the river since March 19. The stocking zone is between Route 82 (Royalton Road) and the river crossing ford about a mile south of Wallace Lake. Metroparks has concluded river stocking for the spring season.

Trout typically bite well on PowerBait, small jigs (marabou, hair, or rubber) tipped with a few maggots/wax worms, and smaller spinners (such as Rooster Tail). Note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and tributary streams two/day, minimum size 12 inches (this includes steelhead); three/day, no size limit at Wallace, Judge’s, and Ranger lakes, and five/day, no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal. The Lake Erie and tributary streams bag limit will bump up to five/day starting on May 16.

Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com 


Racine Pool Anglers are fishing for saugers here with some success. The best bait has been a lively minnow, on a jig. Fish the bait slowly in cold water.

Greenup Dam Fish for hybrid stripers here like you would fish for catfish. These wipers will hit chicken livers and cut bait fished on the bottom.

Pike Island – Anglers fishing the dam area are picking up a few smallmouth bass, according to angler reports.

New Cumberland Lock and Dam – Anglers are catching catfish and saugers in this pool on jig and minnow combos or swimbaits. Saugers are running fairly small, however.

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Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1

While on patrol at Deer Creek Wildlife Area, state wildlife officer Josh Elster, assigned to Pickaway County, observed a vehicle driving off the roadway and rutting up the grass in one of the parking areas. Officer Elster stopped the vehicle and asked the subject why they decided to tear up the wildlife area habitat. The subject stated they were out showing everyone in the vehicle a good time. Officer Elster advised the subject of the importance of wildlife areas, and why they need to be maintained. The subject was issued a citation for the violation and ordered to appear in Washington Court House Municipal Court. The subject was found guilty and ordered to pay $315 in fines and court costs for the violation.

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2

During the spring walleye run, state wildlife officer Jason Porinchok, assigned to Putnam County, received a call from the Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline. The caller stated that he had been fishing next to a man who had caught his limit of four walleyes, left the river for about an hour, and had then returned and continued to fish. The caller observed the man catch and keep an additional fish, and was able to give specific information about the violation. Officer Porinchok located the man and observed him keep two additional walleyes. Officer Porinchok contacted the man as he was leaving with three fish on his stringer. Further investigation led officer Porinchok to a hotel room where the four walleyes from the morning were discovered. The man was cited for taking three walleyes over the daily bag limit and paid $189 in fines and court costs. Those who observe a wildlife violation are encouraged to call 1-800-POACHER (1-800-762-2437) to anonymously report it.

Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3

State wildlife officer Jason Warren, assigned to Ashtabula County, received information that an individual had killed two antlerless deer with a rifle several days before the start of the 2018 deer gun season. The investigation confirmed that the man had killed both deer during the closed season and he was issued summonses for the violations. The subject appeared in Ashtabula Eastern County Court and was found guilty. He was ordered to pay $600 in fines and court costs. In addition, the man forfeited a lever action rifle and the two deer to the Division of Wildlife.

During the 2018 waterfowl hunting season, state wildlife officer Tom Frank, assigned to Mahoning County, and state wildlife officer Jesse Janosik, assigned to Columbiana County, were near the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line when they observed two vehicles parked in a location commonly used by waterfowl hunters. They contacted four individuals hunting waterfowl. The officers discovered that three of the four hunters were nonresidents and they had failed to purchase an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. The men were issued summonses for the wildlife violations and ordered to appear in court. The men were convicted and ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling more than $350.

Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4

During the 2018 deer archery season, state wildlife officer Todd Stewart, assigned to Morgan County, and state wildlife officer supervisor Dan Perko were patrolling the AEP ReCreation Land. They found a tent illegally set up on one of the pond dams, but no one was present at the site. The officers returned after dark and found three individuals sitting around a fire, and a vehicle illegally parked on the dam. The individuals were told to pack up their stuff and move to a campground. The owner of the vehicle was cited for parking in an undesignated area and paid $155 in fines.

State wildlife officer Anthony Lemle, assigned to Guernsey County, was on routine patrol checking fishing licenses when he observed an individual drink from a beverage can and then toss it into the woods. Upon contact when the individual was leaving, it was determined that the individual had left the can in the woods. The subject was cited for stream litter in Cambridge Municipal Court and paid $155 in fines and court costs.

Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5

Last May, state wildlife officer Matt Roberts, assigned to Clinton County, contacted an individual who was catching frogs with a fishing pole at Oldaker Wildlife Area in Highland County. Because it was two weeks before frog season opened, the individual was issued a summons for the violation and the frogs were released unharmed. The individual paid fines and court costs totaling $140.

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June 8: Clarion County WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion. For more info call Clyde DeHart Jr., 814-697-7453.

Sept. 11: Bechtel RGS Banquet, 6 p.m., Fish Pond West, Leesport. For more info call John Crowley, 862-266-7949.

Season Dates

June 15: Bass (traditional harvest season) opens.


June 8-9, July 13-14, 27-28, Aug. 10-11, 24-25, Sept. 7-8: Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Assoc.  Outdoor 3D Shoot, in Woods. Sat. 7-noon, Sun. 7-2 p.m. For more info call Irvin Saylor, 717-598-0791.

June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 8: Pitcairn/Monroeville Sportsman Club, 3D Shoots, 7-noon. For more info call Marty, 422-920-9449.

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Limerick Bowmen, 65 Bragg Road, Schwenks-ville, PA. For more info call 610-287-8850.

1st Sunday: Every Month 3D Shoots 7-noon.

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Falls Township Rifle & Pistol Assoc. Shoots. 354 Newbold Road, Morrisville. For more info call Peter Olivieri, 215-584-0015.

Sundays: 1st Sunday of every month, 7-11 a.m.

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Swatara Archers Schedule of Events. Pine Grove, PA. For more info call 570-345-6254.

3rd Sun. of every month: Archery Shoots, 7-1 p.m.

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Jefferson Sportsmen’s Assoc. 4707 Sportsman Club Rd, Spring Grove, PA 17362. For more info call 717-229-2608.

Now- Sept. : Saltsburg Sportsman club, archery shoots, 1st Sunday of each month, reg. 7-2- p.m. For more info call the club at 724-639-0360.

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Seltzer Gun Club Shoots. Seltzer Road. For more info call Brian Murray, 570-527-5207.

June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15: 30 Rinehart Targets.

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West Shore Sportsmen’s Association schedule of Firearms training & other shooting events. 500 Ridge Rd., Lewisberry, PA. For more info, www.shoresportsmen.org or call 717-932-2780.

Sun.: HP Rifle, 9 a.m., 1 Sunday a month.

Tues.: Air Rifle, 6-8 p.m. Starts second Tuesday in September through last Tuesday in July.

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Delaware Valley Fish & Game, 7343 Ferry Rd, New Hope, PA. For more info call Bob Hamilton, 215-783-8976.

May 12, 26, June 2, 16, July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18, Sept. 1, 15: 3D Shoots reg. 7-11 a.m.


May 26: Three Point Sportsmen’s Assoc. Children’s Fishing Rodeo, reg. 10-1 p.m., Club Ponds. For more info call Sharon Josefik, 814-553-1910.

June 1: Bald Eagle Sportsmen’s Club, Big Boys Back Yard Trout Tournament, Bald Eagle Creek, Julian. For more info call John Jackson, 814-404-3029.

Aug. 17: 12th Rock Sports & B & B Archery Tournament, 9-3 p.m., 12th Rock Property. For more info call Mark Jaloszynski, 845-692-9092.

Aug. 17-18: North Fork Chapter 29, Society for PA Archeology, Sanction Competition, Sat. 9-8 p.m., Sun. 9-5 p.m., Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo. For more info call Ken Burkett, 814-849-0077.


May 28: Know the Law, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire. For more info call 877-448-6839.


Sept. 28-29: Lehigh Valley Knife Show, Sat. 9-5 p.m., Sun. 9-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.

June 20-23: FTA/VTA Trappers Rendezvous, 8-6 p.m., Rockingham Fairgrounds. For more info call Travis Bandy, 276-210-7105.

Aug. 17: Franklin County Izaak Walton League of America, Gun Show & Sale, 8-3 p.m., St. Thomas VFD. For more info call Craig Minnich, 717-977-9240.

Aug. 17-18: Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, Elk Country Visitors Center. Benezette. For more info www.ElkExpo.com

Oct. 12-13: Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Assoc. Gun Show, Sat. 9-4 p.m., Sun. 9-3 p.m. For more info call Tom Brooks, 717-341-9900.

Special Events 

Now-Sept.: Saltsburg Sportsman Club, Archery Shoots, 1st Sun. of the Month, 7-2 p.m. For more info call 724-639-0360.

Now-Nov. 24: Fly Fishing Instruction for Veterans, 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. For more info call 908-229-4727.

May 31-June 2: Presque Isle Audubon Society of Erie, Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, Allegany State Park. For more info call Lisa, 814-449-0541.

June 7-9: Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Assoc. Snake Hunt, Sinnemahoning. For more info visit onf Facebook Sinnemahoning Sportsmen’s Club.

June 8: Jefferson County Youth Field Day, Reynlow Park Reynoldsville, 7:30 a.m. For more info www.jeffersoncoyfd.org

June 21: Raystown DU, Sportsman’s Event, 5:30 p.m., Aitch Boat Launch Pavillion, Raystown Lake. For more info call Ted, 814-599-7591.

Aug. 4: Harthegig Conservation Club, Family Fun Day, noon-4 p.m., at the Club, Fredonia. For more info call Dick , 724-588-3613.

Aug. 10: Pennsylvania Trappers Assn.-District #8. Free Trapper Training School. For more info call George McEntee, 717-732-8099.

Aug. 10: Shade Mountain NWTF & PGC, youth field day, Miffin County Sportsman’s Club, 7:30-3 p.m., For more info call John, 717-437-5734.

Aug. 17-18: North Fork 29 Society for PA Archeology, Atlatl Competition, Great Outdoors Elk Expo. For more info call Ken Burkett, 814-849-0077.

Aug. 31: Jefferson Co. History Center & North Fork Society for Archaeology, Antique Firearms Indian Artifact Show. Jefferson County Fairgrounds. For more info call Ken Burkett, 814-849-0077.

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Clark County Sportsman’s Club, 3450 Ballentine Pike, Springfield, OH. For more info call David McLaughlin, 937-631-9552.

Tues., Sun: Open to the Public year round.

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Coshocton County Sportsmen’s Club Schedule of Shoots. For more info call Karl Steiner, 740-763-2243.

Every Tues.: Open Trap.

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Bolivar Sportsman’s Club Shoots, 11286 Bolivar Strasburg Road NW, Bolivar, 44612. www.bolivarsportsmansclub.org for more info.

2nd Sunday Sept.-April: Lucky X Shoots, 7 a.m.

Every Fri: Trap Shoot, 6:30-10 p.m.

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Allen County Archers, H. Kelley, 8 South Seltzer Street, Wapakoneta, 45895. For more info call Howard Kelley, 419-953-2861.

3rd Sat. each Month: 3D Archery Shoot.

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Beaver Creek Sportsman Club, Events, 14480 Washingtonville Road, Washingtonville, 44490. For more info call Glenn, 330-770-8027.

Every Mon.: Turkey Shoot, reg. 6 p.m.

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Hocking Valley Sportsmans Club Shoots. For more info call Victor Howdyshell, 740-753-3492.

3rd Sat. of every month: 3D Bow Shoot, 8 a.m. April thru Sept.

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Kill’um Buck Longrifle Blackpowder Muzzleloader Shoot Club, 2260 E. West Salem Rd, Creston, OH 44217. For more info call Carole Fry, 330-435-4408.

Sunday: Meets the 1st Sun. of the month, 11 a.m.

Women’s Programs

June 15: NWTF Women in the Outdoors, Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, New Tripoli. For more info call Rebecca Bitner, 610-462-4869.

Dog Events

July 13: PA Beagle Gundog Federation, Breakneck Beagle Club & Northeast Regional Junior Beagler, Youth Outdoors Day, 10 a.m., Breakneck Beagle Club, Zelienople. For more info call Ryan Grube, 484-764-1687.


Uniontown Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 6 p.m., Farmington. For more info call Corky Johnston, 724-438-0309.

Oil City Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7:30 p.m., Old Monarch Park, Franklin. For more info call Ray Swidorsky, 814-676-1961.

Red Rock Chapter NWTF meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 7 p.m,. Farmers Inn, Shavertown. For more info call 570-825-9744.

Izaak Walton League of America York Chapter #67 meets every 3rd Tues. of each month, 7 p.m. For more info call Don Robertson, 717-873-4171.

John Harris Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, sons of Italy Lodge #2857, Harrisburg. For more info call Eugene Rosetti, 717-763-9025.

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The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued in-season trout stockings in recent weeks.  

Fish for Free days are slated for May 26 and July 4, offering anglers an opportunity to fish statewide without a license. 

The closed season on walleyes ended May 5.  

Bass remain in catch-and-immediate-release mode until June 15. 

For more, visit www.fishandboat.com.


Lake Erie — The smallmouth bass bite was picking up in mid-May. Shade’s Beach was yielding perch in 45 feet a little earlier in the month.  Perch also were hitting off the North and South piers and in 30 feet west of Walnut in recent weeks. Lake trout were reported in 55 to 70 feet from Shade’s to the New York State line. Walleyes were reported, with some coming off the South pier in the evening hours. Floating jig heads with 3-inch twister grubs behind slip sinkers were effective when retrieved slowly and jigged.

Presque Isle Bay — The perch bite wound down in early May, but smallmouth bass were biting, especially on tubes. One angler caught nice numbers on jerkbaits in about 4 feet. Crappies were reported in 4 to 5 feet at the head of the bay. 

Lake Erie tributaries — Smallmouth bass were in Elk Creek and other streams in mid-May, but a few steelhead remained and were hitting minnows and egg patterns. 

Lake Chautauqua (New York) — Numbers of perch were reported in early May by anglers targeting weedy areas in 3 to 6 feet of water. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The walleye bite was starting to improve on the lake’s south end for boaters drifting crawler harnesses in recent weeks. Walleyes also were hitting on plugs, trolled. The stump end was productive for some anglers. Sizes ranged up to 26 inches and 7 pounds. Crappies were inconsistent, with the better catches coming on the north end. Perch were everywhere, including off the causeway, and biting jigs tipped with minnows. A nice muskie bite also was reported. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A 22-inch bowfin was released in this large natural lake in early May. The crappie bite was slow or inconsistent.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — The crappie bite was inconsistent in early May. 

Sparty Pond (Crawford County) — This Spartanburg impoundment was yielding northern pike in recent weeks. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Nice panfish catches were reported on live bait in recent weeks.  Numbers of crappies were reported on both ends of the lake. One angler caught a 19-incher.  

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Nice numbers of crappies were reported here in recent weeks. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks as water approached 60 degrees, although sizes were mixed.  The minimum creel size here is now 9 inches. Hybrid striped bass were hitting on deep edges and in shallow water.  

Big Sandy Creek (Venango County) — Trout were hitting on salmon eggs and other baits in recent weeks. 

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — The water near the confluence with French Creek was yielding rainbow and brown trout up to 22 inches on gold spinners, eggs and red worms, smallmouth bass up to four pounds, and walleyes up to 22 inches on creek chubs.  

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Walleyes up to 24 inches were reported after the season opened in early May. Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were released on tubes, crawfish jigs, jerkbaots, swimbaits and other lures.  


Cowanshannock Creek (Armstrong County) — The upper reaches were yielding trout in mid-May, as water levels rose to a fishable level.

Brady’s Run Lake, South Branch of Brady’s Run (Beaver County) — Brown and rainbow trout were hitting on butterworms, mealworms, and paste baits in mid-May, with the windmill and foot bridge areas productive. 

North Fork Little Beaver Creek (Beaver County) — Spinners were taking nice numbers of trout in good conditions in mid-May. 

Raccoon Lake, Traverse Creek (Beaver County) — Anglers were catching numbers of trout on a variety of baits through mid-May. 

Ohio River  — Rising water temperatures were making catfish active as of mid-May. 

Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County) — Trout were hitting through mid-May, with one angler catching a 5-pound golden rainbow.


Hills Creek Lake, Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Crappies and yellow perch were hitting fathead minnows, waxworms and a variety of small jigs in recent weeks, with afternoon and evening hours the best times to fish. Fly-anglers were catching panfish, bass and chain pickerel on fluorescent green mop flies, small streamers, small poppers, and beetle patterns.

Fishing Creek (Columbia County) — High but fishable water in the low 50s was reported in mid-May, and anglers were catching trout on nymphs, such as Iron Lotus (16-18), flashback Pheasant Tails (14-18), Caddis Larvae, and Pats Rubberlegs (8-12). During and after rainfall, olive and black streamers, such as Headbanger Sculpin (4-8) were effective. When trout were feeding on the surface, Midges (20-26), light and dark Hendricksons (14-16), black Elk Hair Caddis (12-14), Tan Caddis (14-15), March Browns (10-12), and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) were productive.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was high, off-color, and in the 50s in mid-May, and Sulphurs were hatching. Dry flies, such as Sulphurs and Sulphur Duns (14-16), Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), Tan Caddis (14-16), Elk Hair Caddis (14-16), and Midges (22-26) were productive. Trout also were hitting on Blue-Winged Olive nymphs and emergers, including Walt’s Worms, Mop Flies, and black Zebra Midges. During and after rainfall, olive and black streamers, like Slumpbusters (6-10) were the ticket.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies, bluegills and pumpkinseeds were hitting in the shallows of Hunter Run Cut, especially in the evening hours, through mid-May. Crawlers, wax worms, minnows and a variety of flies, including red and pink Squirmy Wormies, fluorescent green Mop flies, and small black, white, or chartreuse streamers were all working well. 

Koon Lake, Gordon Lake (Bedford County) — Panfish were schooling in 12 to 15 feet on these twin lakes in recent weeks. 

East Licking Creek (Juniata County) — Trout were hitting below Gus Park in mid-May, following a recent stocking. Small white spinners and minnow-patterned lures, and waxworms, and meal worms were productive with fish coming from the deeper holes and structures, such as undercut root systems, log jams and rocks.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Nice yields of trout were reported on paste baits in orange, salmon, rainbow, and pink on this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment.  

Juniata River — Flathead catfish were hitting in recent weeks.

Lake Redman, Lake Williams (York County) — Trout were hitting crawlers, minnows, spinners, and power bait in recent weeks. Redman also was yielding nice-sized crappies. 

Lake Marburg (York County) — Muskies, tiger muskies and northern pike were reported by shore anglers at this Codorus State Park impoundment in recent weeks. Panfish were being caught off the fishing pier.


Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Largemouth bass up to 21 inches and 5 pounds were released on live minnows, and smallmouth bass up to 19 inches and 4 pounds were released on lipless crankbaits in mid-May.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Nice-sized largemouth and smallmouth bass were released in recent weeks on this 947-acre impoundment. 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Yellow perch were biting through mid-May.

Elk Creek, Hoagland Branch, Muncy Creek, Sugar Creek, Towanda Creek (Bradford, Lycoming counties) — Small pink worms were taking trout in recent weeks. 


Blue Marsh Stilling Basin (Berks County) — Anglers were catching nice walleyes after the season opened May 5.  

Octoraro Reservoir (Chester County) — White perch were hitting in recent weeks.

Delaware River  — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported May 11 that striped bass were still on the move and hitting blood worms, bunker and clams. Perch continued to hit, while shad were hit or miss, with some anglers making nice catches on darts and spoons.

Schuylkill River — Brinkman’s reported May 11 that carp were taking dough balls and other typical baits, and channel and flathead catfish also were hitting. 

Pennypack Creek (Bucks County) — Trout continued to produce for anglers in recent weeks.

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported a run on bluefish in the inlets, and Point Pleasant and Barnegat bays and as far south as Cape May, Wildwood, and Atlantic City. Striped bass were hitting closer to New York. Sea bass season opened May 15, and fluke season will open May 25.  

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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