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Keep Reading and Learning

March 29, 2012
By Larry Claypool - OV Times Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

You just never know what you might learn from an outdoor TV or radio show or magazine article. That's what keeps us in business. Thank you, and you're welcome.

Now, we always provide interesting and informative articles in this publication. And yes, hopefully, you've learned a few things from our articles.

Also, from our advertisers you know where to pick up needed equipment and supplies to complete your hunting or fishing trip. As an added value to our readers, including those from our sister publication - Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine - we also produce a weekly live radio show and provide an informative website: www.ohiovalleyoutdoors.com.

Some of the key things we provide on our website is information, including hunting and fishing tips. The fishing reports are very helpful and are one of the top read items on the site for most of the year. Our hunting articles are very popular too. One such article, "The Whitetail's Glands and Scent Communication" by writer Tommy Kirkland, has more views than any other hunting article, and it first appeared on the site in March of 2009. We also have a bowfishing article on the Ohio River that's been very popular, and it first ran nearly two years ago. Our most popular YouTube video (over 5,300 views) is a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 review done by writer Bill Waugaman.

Another big feature on the OVO website is the photo sharing site: CU "See You". Viewers can see photos shared by our readers and ones taken by our staff. Access the site at www.cu.ohiovalleyoutdoors.com or see the link on our regular site.

Listeners of our radio show earlier this month (Saturday 7-8 a.m. on ESPN 1240 and WSOM 600) were treated to a flurry of information about hot fishing spots in the region by ODNR, Division of Wildlife Fisheries Biologist Matt Wolfe. "What we learned this past fall from our sampling is, there's a lot of good fishing in District 3 (northeast region)," said Wolfe during the show.

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The DNR is also forecasting that the walleye catch at Pymatuning should be very good this year. "We had a large 2009 hatch. Last year those fish were just under 15 inches, so it should be very good for walleye this season," said Wolfe.

According to Wolfe fishing should be good this year at Berlin Reservoir, Lake Milton, Mosquito Lake, Pymatuning Lake and others. The District 3 staff handled at least 2,000 fish during sampling last fall at Berlin. And during structure placements (recycled Christmas trees) this winter at Berlin, Lake Milton and some others, the DNR placed around 2,000 trees in waters that should help anglers catch more fish.

The DNR is also forecasting that the walleye catch at Pymatuning should be very good this year. "We had a large 2009 hatch. Last year those fish were just under 15 inches, so it should be very good for walleye this season," said Wolfe.

And a special note about Pymy, you can now use three rods per angler. "This is going to make it so much easier, since the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission went to allowing three rods, Ohio had to adjust," said Wolfe.

Where is the best crappie lake in Ohio? Wolfe says recent state findings point to a small lake in Medina County; Spencer Lake (latitude: 41.1067, longitude: -82.0799) that has more crappie than any other waters in the Buckeye State. "There's more crappie there and some very large sunfish," said Wolfe.

So get out and fish. And send those photos to us so we can share your success with others. And keep reading and listening.

 
 

 

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