Southeast Ohio (District 5) Fish Management
Initiatives and Accomplishments
- Review data from fish population surveys, creel surveys, and public attitude surveys in regards to implementing new black bass fishing regulations and revising existing bass regulations.
- Continue to evaluate the results of past walleye and saugeye stockings so that we can make the best decisions regarding stocking locations and stocking numbers.
- Work with the Ohio Department of Transportation to completely re-pave the Young Road boat ramp facility at Caesar Creek Lake.
- Provide funding assistance to renovate the East Bank Marina boat ramp and parking facilities at Grand Lake St. Marys.
- In a continuing effort to provide quality muskie fishing in southwest Ohio, we discontinued muskie stocking at Cowan Lake and began stocking muskies at East Fork Lake. The number of muskies reported caught at Cowan Lake had declined greatly in recent years. We chose to begin a muskie stocking program at East Fork Lake because it shares many of the same characteristics as Caesar Creek Lake. The muskie stocking program at Caesar Creek Lake has produced good numbers of fish exceeding 40 inches.
- Fish management personnel conducted standardized fish population surveys in 16 lakes and streams since 1997. In that same time period, we conducted standardized creel surveys at 8 lakes to obtain data on fishing pressure, angler catch rates, and sizes of harvested fish.
- Data from fish population surveys, creel surveys, and public attitude surveys were instrumental to the process of implementing new fishing regulations at southwest Ohio lakes. The new combined 9-inch minimum size limit and 30 daily bag limit for crappies became effective March 1, 2010 at Acton Lake, C J Brown Reservoir, Caesar Creek Lake, East Fork Lake, Grand Lake St. Marys, Lake Loramie, Paint Creek Lake, and Rocky Fork Lake. Experimental 15-inch minimum size limits for saugeyes have been approved and will go into effect March 1, 2011 at Acton Lake, Caesar Creek Lake, and Rocky Fork Lake.
- The Division of Wildlife partnered with ODNR Divisions of Watercraft and Parks & Recreation to completely renovate the main boat ramp facility at C J Brown Reservoir. The new facility includes a protective breakwall and expanded courtesy docks.
- In an agreement with ODNR Division of Parks & Recreation, the Division of Wildlife assumed the management responsibilities for the Rattlesnake Boat Ramp at Paint Creek Lake.
- The Division of Wildlife installed new lighting at both the Rattlesnake ramp and the Deer Park ramp at Paint Creek Lake.
- The Division of Wildlife completed major dam renovations at Grant Lake in Brown County.
- We installed a new handicap accessible floating fishing pier at Grant Lake Wildlife Area.
- We cooperated with ODNR Division of Parks & Recreation to renovate the Blinko fishing pier at Rocky Fork Lake.