Northeast Ohio (District 3) Fish Management
Initiatives and Accomplishments
- The Division of Wildlife will continue to work with state, federal, and non-governmental entities to move towards a repair solution for the Harpersfield Dam on the Grand River, which is an extremely important barrier to sea lamprey (aquatic invasive species) expansion. Adult sea lamprey are capable of killing 40 to 50 pounds of fish in a short 18-month existence in the Great Lakes.
- Continue periodic monitoring of native brook trout populations to insure that they continue to be viable.
- Complete development of the native brook trout habitat suitability index (H.S.I.). This index provides an unbiased “guidepost” for assessing any potential new sites for native brook trout introduction, if deemed acceptable by the Division of Wildlife.
- The Division of Wildlife will continue to work with the Ohio E.P.A. and other agencies to further investigate potential removal of the SR 82 dam on the Cuyahoga River.
- The Division of Wildlife participated in hellbender surveys with Greg Lipps and captured a large specimen in Yellow Creek in 2008.
- Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists initiated a Wild Ohio segment on hellbenders on Cross Creek in summer of 2009, which was very successful, with 5 specimens being captured and released.
- The Division of Wildlife’s project to introduce native (Ohio strain) brook trout into the Chagrin River Watershed, as well as other streams with suitable habitat, has been completed. The original project objective was to establish 6 self-sustaining native brook trout populations through our efforts. In fact, we established 9 self-sustaining populations of brook trout out of the 15 streams that were stocked with native brook trout.
- The Division of Wildlife worked with Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District to remove the East Branch Dam on Euclid Creek, which will likely be removed during 2010.
- The Division of Wildlife partnered with Lake Metroparks on the purchase of the Warner Nursery property on the Chagrin River and the Calicchia property on the Grand River during the period from 2007 to 2009. Our agency contributed $400,000 for these two important properties, which will protect both stream corridors, as well as various threatened and endangered plant and animal species that exist on these properties.
- Complete necessary repair work at Bonner Road boat ramp courtesy dock on Berlin Lake.
- Look for methods to improve the Price Street boat ramp at Berlin Lake.
- Improve condition of Congress Lake Road boat ramp on Mogadore Reservoir.
- Improve the condition of the LaDue Reservoir (gravel) boat ramp at Washington Street.
- Improve the Long Lake (gravel) boat ramp.
- Identify and prioritize potential stream sites to be developed for public access.
- Continue to partner with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to test and refine management alternatives for improving the Pymatuning Lake walleye fishery.
- Continue efforts to secure steelhead trout fishing access in northeast Ohio through a variety of means, e.g. partnering with local governmental agencies, lease agreements, easements, fee-simple acquisitions, etc.
- Continue the process to assess and identify productive stream sport fisheries and public access points that have the potential to support additional fishing opportunities.
- At Guilford Lake, the Divisions of Parks and Recreation and Wildlife partnered to provide an improved boat ramp along with a new courtesy dock near the beach, where a large parking area already existed.
- The Division of Wildlife purchased a substantial amount of gravel in 2009 to refine parking areas at Berlin Lake, LaDue Reservoir, and Mogadore Reservoir.
- The Division of Wildlife continues to work with the Divisions of Engineering and Soil and Water Conservation to correct what are considered to be relatively minor problems with the Highlandtown Lake dam.
- The Division of Wildlife purchased Wingfoot Lake Park from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 2009. The purchase includes Wingfoot Lake, which encompasses 262 acres.
- The Division of Wildlife and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission partnered to change stocking strategies by de-emphasizing former walleye fry (1/4”) stockings and focusing on fingerling (1”+) stockings. Together, the agencies released 586,000 and 832,161 fingerlings, 1-inch or greater, into Pymatuning Lake in 2008 and 2009, respectively. 2008 fall survey results indicate that first-year survival of these fish is the best that it has been since 2000! The 2009 results were even more impressive, with the catch rate of these young walleye being 2.5 times better than in 2008!!
- The Division of Wildlife’s Northeast Ohio fisheries personnel (District 3) have sampled 38 lakes and reservoirs in this region. This allows the biologists to not only better understand and manage these systems, but also enables them to provide a wealth of information to the angling public about the various sport and panfish populations in this region.
- A total of 1,096 fish concentration devices were placed in seven inland impoundments within northeast Ohio during 2007 and 2008.
- The Division will continue to work with the Brook Trout Advisory Committee and the Cleveland Zoo in the development of a special exhibit at the zoo on the Ohio native brook trout (which should be established during 2010).
- The Division of Wildlife has supported development of four new courtesy docks that were constructed and placed in Mogadore Reservoir as the substance of an Eagle Scout (Joe Totts) project. Completion of this project, along with an appropriate dedication ceremony, occurred during spring of 2009.
- A total of 4,917 young anglers visited the District 3 Youth Fishing Area during 2007 and 2008.
- In total, the District 3 Aquatic Education Center attracted approximately 7,700 youth, between fishing and educational programs for the 2007-2008 period (the number of youth participating during 2009 is incomplete as of this date).