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  • St. Marys Fishing Report—02-01-19

    Sub-zero temperatures have created an ice cover averaging from 7-10 inches. Thickness can vary because of other factors such as snow cover and water currents. Fishermen should rely on their personal observations to determine safe ice. The annual drawdown takes place between October 15 and March 15, but an effort is made to limit activity . . read more

  • Indian Lake Fishing Report—02-01-19

    Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reports 8-10 inch ice at the lake. Ice fishermen are on the ice and finding fish. Bluegill fishing is good and running 7-9 inches. Keeper crappies are also being taken. Fishermen are using small ice jigs and blades tipped with small plastic tails. Wax worms and spikes are usually added to . . read more

  • Lake Loramie Fishing Report—02-01-19

    Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that fishermen are looking for and finding fish. The ice thickness is running 7-10 inches. 7-8 inch bluegills are being taken now. 10 inch crappies are also showing up in decent numbers. Fishermen were catching fish at the Brick House Channel on 119, Filburns Island, Earl’s Island, and the Luthman . . 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

  • Deer Harvest Down

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni It’s hard to believe that it’s December already, but the cold weather we’ve been having is a constant reminder. And if that doesn’t do it, listen for Christmas music as you recuperate from the physical abuse of Black Friday or the eye strain of Cyber Monday. To the deer . . read more

  • Deer Gun Season Opens Monday

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The deer-gun season opens this Monday, Nov. 26, runs through Sunday, Dec. 2, and reopens Dec. 15-16. There’s no doubt the number of expected hunters make this the most popular of Ohio’s hunting seasons. Following a nationwide trend, a high percentage of hunters focus on big game animals and . . read more

  • Mountain Lion Sightings Reported

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’ve been hearing talk of area mountain lion sightings for a few months now. Evidently, the animal is roaming between New Knoxville and New Bremen with Amsterdam Road being part of the conversation. A couple of days ago, a picture of the cat showed up on my Facebook page . . read more

  • Good Hunting is Available on Preserves

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The 2018 upland game season is now open, and I’ll be interested to see how many local hunters, if any, take to the field. Although there are areas in the state that have excellent rabbit hunting and a few counties that hold a pheasant or two, Auglaize and Mercer . . read more

  • Upland Game Season: A Low Priority

    Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I woke up a couple of mornings ago and was reminded by my aging Springer that it was time for her morning walk. As we strolled out of the garage, the first thing I noticed was the heavy ground frost; the dog picked up the scent of whatever critter . . read more

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