FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2011
Ohio Wildlife Council Hears Proposed Ohio River Regulations
COLUMBUS, OH- The Ohio Wildlife Council is considering a proposal to move towards unification of fishing regulations along the entire Ohio River, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
The Ohio River Fisheries Management Team, which consists of the fishery resource managers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, is working towards greater uniformity in regulations between the eastern and western units of the Ohio River, and throughout the river among all border states. This will mean that Ohio River anglers will encounter the same fishing regulations at any place on the Ohio River.
Regulations being considered in the Eastern Unit include implementing a 12-inch minimum length limit for black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass); changing striped, hybrid striped and white bass from “no daily limit” (with no more than four over 15 inches) to a daily limit of “30” (with no more than four over 15 inches); and removing yellow bass from this regulation. It is also being proposed to implement a black and white crappie daily limit of 30 fish, and remove the northern pike daily limit and minimum length limit.
In the Western Unit, regulations being considered include changing the 12-inch minimum length limit for largemouth and smallmouth bass to include all black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass). Also, removing yellow bass from the striped, hybrid striped and white bass combination for regulations.
A 9-inch minimum size limit on crappie with a 30-fish daily bag limit is being proposed for Metzger Reservoir in Allen County and the Mahoning River between Berlin Lake and Lake Milton in Mahoning and Portage counties and the Mahoning River from the dam at Lake Milton to West Mahoning/Trumbull County Line Rd.
This proposed regulation will add these two areas to the already 44 existing waterways with the same regulations.
The final proposal is for a 10-horse power limit on Wayne R. Carr Lake in Paulding County.
Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 5 in each of the state's five wildlife districts to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. For directions to the open houses, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com .
A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 6 meeting.
For more information, contact:
Scott Hale, Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6554