May 27, 2016

Elyria
Clear
70°F
 

Thinking of walleye en route to deer camp

First things first. The amazing Lake Erie night bite continues, as good as it’s ever been in the opinion of many anglers. Boats are coming back from the east side of Cleveland to west of the islands with the live wells just full and 10-to-11-plus pound walleyes being reported somewhere every day. With surveys bringing Read More…

State mishandling response to CWD

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is the most feared malady affecting deer today, although there are several other infectious diseases of concern. The history of CWD in Ohio is brief, beginning only last year, but its potential is scary. First detected in a captive deer heard on a preserve in Holmes County, the first infected deer Read More…

Tracking the black bear and gray wolf

While last week’s winds churned up a murky Lake Erie, night-bite walleye anglers continued to fetch big catches. Various wildlife law enforcement agencies kept them honest with a noted presence in both the central and western basins, but few violations were reported, and they seemed most concerned with the proper display of boat lights and Read More…

It’s that time of year: Hunting season, night bite in full swing

While last Friday’s heavy rain made it difficult for opening day pheasant hunters to reap the feathered harvest, plenty of hunting opportunities exist before the season closes Jan. 10. Those who speculate none of the 15,000 ODNR-released rooster pheasants could survive in the wild may be surprised to know that wild pheasant numbers are on the rebound for the first time since 1966. Although this year’s Read More…

Ready, set, hunt! ODNR’s ring-neck pheasant releases give hunters a lot more to aim for in ’15

While most of you are having your Friday morning coffee while reading this, I’ve already been in the field for hours, and I’ve had plenty of company. Today is the biggest day of the year for many hunters because it’s opening day of pheasant and rabbit season. Like many of you, I’ve watched those TV shows where some celebrity hunter blasts pheasants out of the South Read More…

Happy campers: Findley State Park opens new Nature Center, gives updates on other improvements in works

Last year the Ohio legislature approved a historic $88.5 million capital improvements investment for Ohio State Parks. While this sum was unprecedented to a system accustomed to asking hat-in-hand for small sums for specific projects, it left the parks with a real conundrum of where to begin. Last Friday I had the chance to meet again with state officials at Findley State Park near Read More…

Meisselbach collectors sing praises of locally-made products

Few articles I’ve written recently have returned so much reaction as the one I did about Meisselbach fishing reels once made in Elyria. Hardly an article, as what I wrote was more of an “I have this old gun” kind of bit (albeit a reel) and then poke the readers for a response. Well, they Read More…

Lake calms down, perch heat up

Some Western Basin boaters, discouraged by several weekends of bad weather, are regretting the decision to pull their boats out early. Once the weather settled down, the perch bite really hit its paces, with limits being caught in somewhat shallower depths (30 to 35 feet) across Lake Erie. The reef west of Rattlesnake Island continues to be red-hot, with some anglers getting it done Read More…

Weather playing spoiler for Lake Erie anglers

The weather for the last two weekends has been rough on Lake Erie fishermen, keeping most anglers on inland waters or following other pursuits. Those who braved up to 50-minute runs in 3- to 5-foot waves of the Bassmaster’s Northern Open bass tournament in Sandusky found the fish, but two boats swamped and needed to be towed while one angler fell overboard. All boats Read More…

In a sportsman’s life…the REAL trophies are not the fish, but the memories.

The day begins with an alarm call several hours earlier than usual. Bleary eyed I struggle to my feet, make the coffee and try my best to remember what few things I have yet to load in the van. I kiss the little heads of sleeping children, and tell my incoherent wife I’m off. Ike Read More…