The Indian Lake Ohio Fishing Page
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2010-1011 - The crappie limit is 30 a day with a 9 inch minimum.
New in 2011. Point of sale fishing and hunting licenses.
4-13-10 - Ohio Wildlife Council passed a 15-inch minimum size limit on walleye, sauger and saugeye. This regulation is designed to improve the number and size of walleye, sauger and saugeye populations which means better fishing for Ohio’s anglers.
Blackbird Basin (Lucy's Pond) More Fish Project
LICENSES ARE VALID FROM MARCH 1, 2011 TO FEBRUARY 29,
Resident Fishing License. .................................................. $19.00 For persons age 16 through 65 who have resided in Ohio for the past 6 months.
One-Day Fishing License ................................................... $ 11.00
The One-Day Fishing License may be exchanged for credit towards the purchase of an annual fishing license (minus writing fee).
Senior Fishing License
Annual Nonresident License .............................................. $40.00
3-Day Nonresident Tourist's License .................................. $19.00
A reissued license may be obtained from any license vendor for a fishing license that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed. The cost is $3.00.
ALL ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE A $1.00 WRITING FEE.
The following Ohio residents are eligible for a free license:
Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free license at any license outlet or online.
The following Ohio residents are also eligible for a free license, available by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE:
A fishing license is not required of persons who are:
Less than 16 years of age
Bass Bluegill Saugeye Crappies
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March 1, 2014 - Saugeye
Should be tons of eyes in the lake shorthand.Last year's throwback per keeper ratio was off the charts. Hundreds of them in the 14" range and hundreds a generation younger.A 1000 dinks tossed back would be a pretty close estimate.We managed a 10:1 ratio throwback per keeper. Sounds bad but we had almost a 19" avg on keepers and 25% of them over 20" and 10 Fish Ohios.
Unfortunantly, the 15"-16"s were rare last year.I kept 6 and tossed back a few more.Those throwbacks will be keeper size now and should be a phenomal year.
Now on the downside. The lack of those 15"-16" eyes from the class of 2009 and 2010 should be in the 17"-18" range this year, so they'll be few and far between. Should be lots of 20"+ eyes as well!!!
How to develop fishing skills...
Skill -equals- excellent Mother Nature skills, TOW (time-on-water), proven self-created methods, use your 'thinker to think like a fish that you are 'chasing, fish for "active fish", have a good set of proven tools for the conditions (GPS maps/tackle/boat & etc), be a 24/7 angler to increase your skill level, have the skill of when to drop-the-hammer, lots of years of hard work/refinement & the list goes on... No-one ever attains the top-rung of the skill ladder & it is an on-going yearly process to learn new skills/methods to climb another rung on the ladder...
Tips for Saugeye
Indian Lake is well known for its huge bluegills, yellow perch and fair largemouth bass fishing. But the lake's main draw is its incredible saugeye fishery. Indian Lake, at 5,800 acres, has what many anglers would call the best saugeye fishing in all of Ohio. This opinion is hard to debate, since literally thousands of 'eyes are harvested from the lake every winter. Many of these fish reach weights approaching 10 pounds. Up to 500,000 saugeyes are stocked in the lake every year. Their fast growth and hardy nature, coupled with optimal lake features, make this place a virtual smorgasbord for saugeye fishermen. Many of Ohio's fishing clubs frequent the lake every season. The Western Ohio Walleye Club (WOWC) and the Western Reserve Walleye Association make forays to this lake every year. According to John Clark, president of the WOWC, the members of his organization love fishing Indian Lake. "This is probably the club's favorite lake, and often yields the best catches," he said. Indian Lake is 15 miles northwest of Bellefontaine and may be accessed off state routes 117, 235 and 366. Good areas to target are shallow embankments with woody structure, the mouth of the North Fork Great Miami River and the many channels or dredged areas. Areas where deep water meets shallow water are always good. Biologists recommend targeting the shallow edge of these drop offs, since that's where active fish will typically hold. Less active fish will be in the deeper water.
WHAT IS THE REAL COST OF THOSE DELICIOUS PAN FISH?
Cost per pound for fish fillets A couple yrs ago, I averaged out how much per saugeye. Of course, gas prices were half back then. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 per saugeye. It cost me around $15 for 5 hrs of saugeye trolling, truck gas and we averaged 7-8 keepers per trip. Half that $15 was for lost baits, LOL! Saugmon $15 dollars a pound? Get real. Don't forget to add in the cost for the boat, motor and trailer, boat insurance, equipment, fuel, mainentance, props, etc. When asked, I generally reply that my cost per pound of fish fillets is around $800. Of course, I am also a very bad fisherman. But hey. It's worth it. Therapy cost much more! Newcomer
Indian Lake Biggest Fish Caught
Bass, Largemouth- 13.13 pounds. 25 1/16" Farm Pond. Roy Landsberger, Kensington, on May 26, 1976. Bass, White- 4 pounds. 21" Gravel pit. Ira Sizemore, Cincinnati, on July 1, 1983. Bluegill- 3.28 pounds. 12 3/4" Salt Fork Reservoir. Willis D. Nicholes, Quaker City, on April 28, 1990.
Carp- 50 pounds. 40" Paint Creek. Judson Holton, Chillicothe, on May 24, 1967.
Catfish, Channel- 37.65 pounds. 41 1/2" LaDue Reservoir. Gus J Gronowski, Parma, on Aug. 15, 1992
Crappie, Black- 4.5 pounds. 18 1/8" Private Lake. Ronald Stone, Wooster, on May 24,1981.
Crappie, White- 3.90 pounds. 18 1/2" Private Pond. Kyle Rock, Zanesville, on April 25, 1995.Saugeye Record -12.83 lbs.
Walleye- 16.19 pounds. 33" Lake
Erie. Tom Haberman, Brunswick, on November 23, 1999
BROWN TROUT . . . . . . . . . 25IN.
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Hunt - March 21, 2009
Lonnie Stayman captured this fish Ohio award winner on Feb 11, 2003. A 9.5" Bluegill through the ice.
Lonnie Stayman - February 2003, 9.5 inch Bluegill. " Click here for photo
New in 2011. Point of sale fishing and hunting licenses. The Division of Wildlife has entered into a contract with The Active Network, Inc. to build and implement a Web-based license sales and game check system. The new system will replace the existing hunting, fishing and trapping license/permit sales system on March 1, 2011. Benefits of the new system License sales and game-check transactions would be performed in real time and available during holidays when many license sales outlets/check stations are closed. Faster and easier, more efficient, reduced waiting times for customers. Will save hunters and anglers on fuel costs, time, and frustrations with closed license sales outlets/check stations, which equates to more time in the field. Helps to ensure customers are properly licensed. The system will not sell to those under license suspension or other restrictions. Would allow biologists and law enforcement to electronically gather data to manage wildlife and enforce Ohio’s hunting regulations.
Blackbird Basin (Lucy's Pond) More Fish Project Upper Valley Joint Vocation School’s (UVJVS) Environmental Occupations Class is helping to improve fishing at Indian Lake’s Blackbird Basin (also known locally as Lucy’s Pond). The Blackbird Basin More Fish Project is a large scale conservation partnering project between the Ohio Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) Federation Nation (OBFN), UVJVS, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Recreation, and ODNR Division of Wildlife. Blackbird Basin is a protected 23-acre bay on the west shoreline that provides critical habitat for bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish and other wildlife. The effort is part of the second and final phase of the project to preserve and improve this crucial habitat. The first phase was completed in 2009 when over 3,000 feet of riprap rock was placed to prevent erosion along the basin’s shoreline that borders the open waters of Indian Lake. The Environmental Occupations Class has been learning about bass populations, life history, spawning and habitat requirements for the past two years in order to restore fish habitat in Blackbird Basin. Their research culminated in the hands-on construction of Spawning, Attraction, and Fry Enhancement Structures (SAFES) that combine nesting and fish attracting habitat. The structures can be used by bass and other gamefish for spawning in the spring and as cover the rest of the year. The class will finish their conservation assignment by placing the SAFES in Blackbird Basin on September 10. “With UVJVS involved in enhancing the bay’s habitat, the project is providing hands-on education to youth that represent our conservation future,” said Rich Carter, Fish Management Supervisor for the Division of Wildlife District 1. “The bass anglers of the OBFN have given something back to the resource with the Blackbird Basin More Fish Project. They helped save and restore the basin, and in doing so have preserved this precious fish and wildlife resource for future generations to enjoy”. The OBFN received a $57,000 More Fish Partnership Fund grant from the national B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to complete both phases of the project. The grant money was donated to the ONDR Divisions of Wildlife and Parks & Recreation who are providing matching dollars and/or labor to complete the project. The donation is the largest ever given by an angling group to the ODNR. Written by: ODNR Division of Wildlife 9/3/2010
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