Lake La Su An Fishing
Open Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week from May 3 through July 29, 2013
La Su An Fishing Season will begin May 3rd, 2013
and will close on July 29th, 2013
Anglers will no longer be required to make a reservation, or check in or out at the Fish Check Station to fish lakes on the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area. All area lakes will be open to public fishing on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week from May 3rd through July 29th, 2013. The La Su An Wildlife Area will be closed to fishing at all other times. All lakes will be open from sunrise to sunset during designated fishing days.
The fishery of this area is intensively managed to maintain the harvest of large bluegills. In order to accomplish this goal, the Division of Wildlife must limit the harvest of bluegill sunfish on a yearly basis. We do this by limiting the number of days the lakes are open to fishing, limiting the number of bluegill that anglers can take home each day, and limiting the number of anglers that fish the area at one time (i.e., limited number of parking spaces).
Parking is limited to designated parking areas only. So if a parking lot is full, anglers cannot fish that particular lake. However, we have recently expanded the number of parking spaces at all area lakes with boat ramps (Lake La Su An, Lavere, Sue and Ann) to accomodate more anglers. During these times anglers are welcome to check back later in the day for an open parking spot, or try other public fishing lakes in the area. We suggest anglers try the following lakes during these times: Nettle Lake, Harrison Lake State Park, McKarns Lake, or Lake Barton.
To ensure the success of this program your cooperation in adhering to all regulations is vital. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, hopes that you enjoy your fishing experience on this area.
Daily Bag and Length Limits for the 2013 fishing season at La Su An
1. The Sunfish bag limit is 15 fish per day, and only 5 of these can be 8 inches or larger.
2. Largemouth bass must be 18 inches or more in length with a daily bag of 5 fish.
3. No more than 2 channel catfish may be kept per day.
4. Statewide regulations apply to all other fish species (click here to see the fishing regulations).
Regulations Applicable to All Lake Fishing:
1. Fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset only.
2. Fishing season runs from May 3 through July 29, 2013.
3. Fishing is allowed only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the fishing season.
4. Parking is allowed in designated areas only.
5. No fish may be cleaned on the wildlife area, and fish must be kept whole.
6. No fish may be used as bait at any of the lakes on the area.
7. It is unlawful to release fish caught from one lake into another lake on the area.
8. Boats may be used at any of the lakes, but must be removed each day.
9. Unlimited hp motors may be used on Lake La Su An with no wake. Outboard motors of up to 10 hp may be used at Lavere, Sue, Ann and Mel.
10. All statewide fishing regulations apply to area lakes except when superseded by regulations posted on the area.
11. All daily bag limits are area wide, not per lake. For example, only 5 largemouth bass may be kept in any day no matter how many area lakes are fished. All fish kept in possession must be counted toward the daily bag limit, and not traded for larger fish (no culling).
Explanation of Special Regulations:
1. Daily bag limits are designed to ensure fair distribution of bluegills among anglers and help limit the number of fish harvested.
2. The number of bluegills cropped or harvested from a lake each year is regulated. Fish are like farm animals in that only a given number can be raised in a given area, and they cannot be harvested all in the same year or none would be left for future years.
3. Size-specific bag limits on bluegills control the harvest of large bluegills (distributing them to more anglers), while stimulating more harvest of smaller bluegills to reduce their number and improve their growth.
4. Minimum length limits are designed to protect small largemouth bass (smaller than a designated length) to maintain sufficient predators that will eat smaller bluegills so that surviving bluegills will grow quickly to large size.
5. Under this limited entry fishery, the number of days the area lakes are open to fishing is designed to regulate the fishing pressure and the number of fish harvested.
All protected fish must be released immediately, unharmed. It is important to release fish carefully and quickly with little handling. When using single hooks and natural baits, the best release method for a deeply hooked fish is to cut the line as short as possible and leave the hook undisturbed. Hooks will be dissolved rapidly by chemicals in the fish's flesh. All special regulations will be enforced in accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 1501:31-13-07, paragraph (V). Publication 10.