ODNR Division of Wildlife
Effective January 1, 2014 (Unless otherwise noted)
OAC Rule Changes
This rule was opened as a precaution, because definitions may need to be added or clarified.
1501:31-5-02 Use of outboard motors and power boats on wildlife areas.
Language was added stating that it is unlawful to operate a watercraft on any Division of Wildlife owned, controlled or administered lake in a manner that is not in conformity with posted regulations. The reference to Paulding Ponds Wildlife Area was removed, as the area no longer exists.
Highlandtown Lake Wildlife Area in Columbiana County was moved from the list of lakes restricted to electric motors only to the allow the use of 10 horsepower motors.
Timbre Ridge Lake was added to the list of lakes that are closed to the use of gasoline-powered motors. This matches the Code of Federal regulations for this body of water, which is on Wayne National Forest.
1501:31-9-01 Special regulations applying to all properties owned, leased, or under control of the division of wildlife.
This rule was amended to change the portion that states no material may be removed from a wildlife area to allow the collection of shed antlers and picking up and disposing of litter during the daylight hours.
1501:31-11-19 No trespassing area, Big Island wildlife area.
This rule was amended to only require an entry permit from November 1 through March 1; formerly an entry permit was needed all year. This is to coincide with the Management Agreement with Elgin Local School District for the Sandusky Plains Environmental Education Center.
1501:31-13-04 Bait and bait dealers.
Language was added that requires bait dealers to keep additional records and to allow for inspections of bait containers, ponds and tanks for detection of invasive species, particularly Asian carp.
1501:31-13-07 Special fishing regulations for water areas owned or controlled by the division of wildlife.
The following changes were made to this rule:
- Removed the language requiring a permit to fish on Lake La Su An Wildlife Area. The practice of issuing and requiring permits was discontinued in 2012.
- Defined areas at East Branch, LaDue and Mogadore reservoirs where persons cannot wade or fish from shore. These areas are in the proximity of dams. These reservoirs are owned by the City of Akron; this was changed at their request.
- Added language stating that external gas tanks are prohibited and that electric motors only are allowed at East Branch Reservoir, LaDue Reservoir and Mogadore Reservoir. These reservoirs are owned by the City of Akron; this was changed at their request.
1501:31-13-08 Fish daily bag limits: protected species.
The following changes were made to this rule:
- Language was added to adjust regulations for Killdeer Plains ponds 30 and 33 to match the regulations for Killdeer Reservoir.
- The statewide bag limit for yellow perch was changed from 40 to 30 to match the Lake Erie bag limit and help avoid confusion among anglers.
- Highlandtown Lake in Columbiana County was added to the list with a 30-crappie bag limit.
- Atwood Lake in Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties, Leesville Lake in Carroll County and Long Lake in Summit County was removed from the list of lakes with a 30-crappie bag limit.
- Language was added to clarify that there is no daily bag limit for the following species of fish statewide, unless otherwise specified in rule: Crappie, White Bass, Bluegill, Sunfish, Rock Bass. ORC 1533.02 specifies a daily bag limit of 20 for these species, unless specified otherwise in division rule.
1501:31-13-09 Length limits on certain game fish.
A 9-inch size limit for crappie was imposed on Highlandtown Lake in Columbiana County.
The 9-inch minimum size limit for crappie was removed from Atwood Lake in Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties, Leesville Lake in Carroll County and Long Lake in Summit County.
1501:31-13-14 Walleye and yellow perch daily bag limits in the lake Erie sport fishing district.
Sauger and saugeye are included with the bag limits for walleye for the Lake Erie Fishing District.
1501:31-15-02 General hunting and trapping provisions.
Clarified language pertaining to hunting small game and furbearers from a powercraft, to make it clear that it is unlawful while that powercraft is under power, similar to waterfowl rules.
Add the words “when applicable” when referring to record keeping by taxidermists in paragraph P. Formerly written that a tag, seal or certificate number was needed for all animals taken in by a taxidermist, and not all animals brought in are required to be tagged, etc. (fish, for example).
1501:31-15-04 State-owned or administered lands designated as public hunting areas.
This rule be was modified to remove B & N Coal from the list of wildlife areas, at the request of B & N Coal.
This rule was changed to list wildlife areas by reference to Wildohio.com, as the areas change frequently and the rule will not have to modified annually (or biannually).
1501:31-15-06 Areas requiring permit to hunt thereon.
The language in paragraph B stating that deer taken on controlled hunts at Mosquito Creek be taken to the “checking station” was changed to “wildlife area headquarters.”
1501:31-15-07 Areas having limited hunting.
Language was added requiring a permit to hunt waterfowl, except for the last 30 days of the season, on City of Akron Mogadore property and the main body of Wendell R. LaDue Reservoir. The remainder of the LaDue property including the portion of Wendell R. LaDue reservoir west of State Route 44 will not require a permit.
Additionally, language was added stating that only waterfowl hunting and archery hunting for deer be allowed on the City of Akron Mogadore property and that only archery hunting for deer be allowed on Elm Road Public Hunting Area.
1501:31-15-09 Hunting and trapping regulations for furbearing animals.
Paragraph M was changed to allow the shooting of mink, muskrat, river otter or beaver that have been caught in a trap first.
1501:31-15-10 Wild turkey regulations.
Paragraph C was modified to clarify the intent of only allowing one hunting implement to be carried while hunting wild turkey.
1501:31-15-14 Youth hunters season
Paragraph (A) of this section was modified to include “youth apprentice license” to clarify that holders of such a license may hunt these seasons.