Life in Delaware County

Ohio Muskie Fishing Flourishes Thanks To Stocking Efforts

4 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The muskellunge, or muskie, is a popular game fish that can grow to immense sizes in Ohio’s inland lakes, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Muskies are native to Ohio and top aquatic predators and the fisheries are maintained through fish hatchery efforts.

Nine Ohio reservoirs are stocked with muskie by the Division of Wildlife and one (Pymatuning Lake, on the Pennsylvania state line) is stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Staff from Ohio’s London and Kincaid state fish hatcheries stock approximately 20,000 muskies measuring 8-12 inches every fall. “Historically, muskies were abundant in the bays and tributaries of Lake Erie and in many streams in the Ohio River drainage,” said Rich Zweifel, the Division of Wildlife’s Inland Fisheries Program Administrator. “Today, natural reproduction is rare because of habitat constraints in Ohio reservoirs. Stocking muskies in the fall contributes to higher survival because they can be stocked at larger sizes and in cooler water.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Kids Catching Catfish

23 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The time is here for the Terry Hummel Memorial Youth Fishing Derby.

This Saturday, July 24 from 8 AM to 12 Noon, American Legion Post 457 will welcome dozens of kids anxious to learn the art of fishing.

For many kids, the event provides their first exposure to the sport.

It’s the ideal environment in which to learn –equipment and bait will be provided, as will a free lunch and drinks. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Free Fishing Weekend Set For Ohio

7 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The free fishing weekend for Ohio residents is Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Ohio residents may fish for free in any of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River, during this weekend. It is the only weekend all year when those 16 years old and older are not required to obtain a fishing license to fish in the state’s public waters.

“All Ohioans are invited to enjoy the fun and excitement of fishing during our free fishing weekend,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Fishing is a great way to introduce someone to the outdoors and make some lasting memories.” More…

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Sports

Kids And Catfish

15 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Time to save the date for the Sixth Annual Youth Fishing Derby this June.

On Saturday, June 19 from 9 AM to 1 PM, the Big Walnut Conservation Club, joined by ODNR and the Sportsmen’s Alliance, will welcome dozens of kids anxious to learn the art of fishing.

For many kids, the event provides their first exposure to the sport.

It’s the ideal environment in which to learn –equipment and bait will be provided, and volunteers will be on hand to provide tips and teach techniques on how to catch “a big one.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

There’s Great Fishing In Delaware County, ODNR Says

10 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The fishing is good in Delaware County!

How good, you ask? Consider the fact that when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources set out to identify the top three FishOhio locations for largemouth bass, saugeye, and crappie, only one location appeared on all three lists.

Delaware County’s Alum Creek Lake.

Hoover Reservoir and Delaware Lake also made an appearance on the top ten lists. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Rainbow Trout Release Begins Week Of April 2 In Delaware County

5 Mar , 2021  

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Special to 1808Delaware

Fishing opportunities will abound this spring when rainbow trout are stocked at 67 public lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Beginning the week of March 12 at Adams Lake in Adams County, more than 81,000 of these cold-water fish will be stocked in 2021. Delaware County fishing areas will see releases beginning the first week of April.

Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure between 10-13 inches when they are released by the Division of Wildlife. Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from early March until May as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Fishing Lovers: Buckeye Battle Tournament Set At Alum Creek Marina

28 Aug , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The Sixth Annual Buckeye Battle presented by Venom Lures, and it is set to try your skills and a wee bit of luck. You also need to be ready and willing to arrive at the crack of dawn!

The even is an open fundraiser tournament that benefits the Ohio State Bass Fishing Club/Team.

Details are as follows: More…

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Life in Delaware County

HuntFish OH App Now Available From ODNR

24 Aug , 2020  

The free HuntFish OH mobile app is available now for Ohio’s outdoors enthusiasts to conveniently purchase fishing and hunting licenses, check game, and view wildlife area maps, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The HuntFish OH mobile app is available for Android and iOS users and can be found in the app store.

“Many people are using their mobile devices to purchase hunting and fishing licenses and other Division of Wildlife products. This new app will make those transactions easier,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are excited to launch this new resource to help our customers.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Lakes To Be Stocked With Rainbow Trout, Including Three In County

4 Mar , 2019  

More than 100,000 rainbow trout will be stocked this spring in 66 Ohio public lakes, creating excellent fishing for anglers across Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The first rainbow trout release is scheduled for Friday, March 8, at Adams Lake in Adams County. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Hunting and Fishing Licenses Available Soon

25 Feb , 2019  

Delaware County’s hunters and anglers will soon be able to purchase their new state licenses.

On Friday, March 1, outdoorsmen and women will be able to purchase their 2019-2020 hunting and fishing licenses at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). More…

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