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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—04-02-19

    Open water arrived by March 15 and fishermen were hunting for and catching keeper crappies. Currently the water is high and muddy, but conditions should improve daily with warmer temperatures predicted for the weekend. The ground is saturated, and any rain can cause the feeder creeks to run. Unsettled weather can create problems for the . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—04-02-19

    Fishing continues to improve and those who know Indian are finding fish. Limits of both saugeye and crappies have been reported since March 29. Fishermen have been using jigs and plastic. Wax worms and spikes are commonly added to the combination. Popular areas are Long Island, Lucy’s Pond, Blackhawk, and the game reserve. According to . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—04-02-19

    Fishermen have enjoyed open water since mid-March and are hunting and finding fish. Bluegills are running 7-8 inches and keeper crappies are also being caught in good numbers. According to Spillway Bait and Tackle, white crappies were the first to show up and now more blacks are being taken. Small jigs and plastic tails are . . read more

  • GLSM Saugeye Update

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni In 2014, I attended a meeting with various business, state, and local individuals to discuss the possibility of introducing saugeye to Lake St. Marys. With available research and the introduction of genetically modified saugeye fingerlings, it was confirmed that saugeye could become a positive addition to an already quality . . read more

  • Boaters need to be Proactive

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni If the stars align and the creeks don’t rise, I should be on the lake fishing my first catfish tournament of the year. The temperatures aren’t supposed to be particularly warm but the predicted sunshine and light breeze should help make things bearable. True, I’m getting to the point . . read more

  • Time for the Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni When I was a kid in the late 1940s, Ohio’s wild pheasant population was estimated at around 5 million. Hunters killed some 750,000 of these premier game birds each hunting season. Our area provided marginal pheasant hunting unless you happened to own a decent bird dog, then it was . . read more

  • Getting Ready for Spring Fishing

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The first day of March was always a sign that spring was just around the corner. Of course, that meant I started focusing on spring fishing, something I’ve done for over 70 years. Today, I have enough modern fishing gear to serve my purpose but nothing like those who . . read more

  • Will March Start Like a Lion?

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Most people are ready for spring, except maybe the ice fishermen. Signs are everywhere that we’re about to experience a season change. The geese are pairing, the diver ducks are starting to show up, there’s a lot of open water on Lake St. Marys, and creeks have been running . . read more

  • 2019-20 Deer Hunting Proposals under Consideration

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni February is almost over, the days are getting longer, and the average daily temperatures are slowly creeping up. I’m not going so far as to say that spring is on the way, but there’s hope for those of us who enjoy warmer weather, fresh smells, and the new growth . . read more

  • Groundhog Day Observations

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I don’t generally pay too much attention to Groundhog Day, but since it falls on a Saturday this year I’ll make an exception. Also, it was my mother-in-law’s birthday, and I happened to like my mother-in-law. Even more, by my calculations (Google search) February 2 won’t fall on a . . read more

  • Tournaments Teach Fishermen

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’ve got a minor case of cabin fever that needs to be addressed before it gets any worse. The easiest way to put a dent in it is to hit the gym and get my endorphin fix. Unfortunately, that’s easy to put off when there’s a recliner close by. . . read more

  • Sport Shows Draw a Different Crowd

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni If the weather prognosticators are right, we should be in the middle of a snow storm right now. No one has mentioned a blizzard yet, but if the wind gusts start pushing 35 mph, we won’t be far off. Blizzards are defined by the severity of the wind rather . . read more

  • 2019-20 Hunting Seasons Proposed

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni January is almost half over and we’re just starting to feel more seasonable temperatures in this neighborhood. So far, the lakes have been ice-free for most of the winter allowing open-water fishermen to continue an extended fall fishing season. On the other hand, ice fishermen have been frustrated after . . read more

  • 2019 Could Be an Exciting Year

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Writing a review of 2018 would be an easy “evergreen” piece, and all journalists have done at least one during their careers. Trying to be more creative, some writers will look ahead to 2019 and try to predict what the future holds. In today’s world, that would be a . . read more

  • On and Off-the-Wall Christmas Gifts

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Buying the perfect gift for Christmas can be difficult sometimes, but it’s worth it for a special person in your life. Buying that perfect gift for an outdoorsman can be really hard unless you’re in tune with their wants or needs. Almost all outdoor sports are high-tech, and trying . . read more

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