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Antique tackle show at Buckeye Lake

By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman Radio (buckeyesportman.com)

Cool old fishing stuff and cutting edge fishing information will be the draw to the Buckeye Lake area Saturday, June 23. The Antique Lure & Vintage Tackle Show at Lakewood High School on historic Route 40 should be a big draw to regional anglers interested in the old and the new. It offers several exhibits featuring antique lures by National Fishing Lure Collectors Club members, who will be showing, selling and appraising tackle brought in by guests, as well as displays and tackle auctions by local collectors.

Vance Outdoors is sponsoring a casting area and contest for youth and women in a casting-friendly area staffed by the Cranberry Marsh Bass Club, celebrating 50 years of competitive fishing, and local guide Doug Stewart will be leading seminars and giving away a fully guided half day Buckeye Lake fishing trip.

The Antique Lure & Vintage Tackle Show is presented by The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association and supported by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, Explore Licking County, and the businesses surrounding Buckeye Lake. For more information, contact

Rickie Sue Grunden of the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association at rsgrunden@gmail.com, 614-206-0421 or visit buckeyelakeareacivicassociation.org.

 

Youth fishing area open for the season

A youth fishing area in Xenia is open for business. The special area was created for warm and cool water shore fishing opportunities at several former spring-fed hatchery ponds located at 1076 Old Springfield Pike in Xenia. Youth 15 years and under are allowed to fish by reservation only, no walk-ins will be admitted. Fishing is offered for three sessions each day on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays this summer and continues through Labor Day. A limit of six reservations per session has been set. Young anglers may keep only one fish daily at the youth fishing ponds but catching and releasing fish for the duration of the visit is welcome.

All young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the youth area, but

adults are not required to have a fishing license. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area,

but may assist their young anglers. Equipment, bait, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff

member assistance will be provided at no charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing

licenses and federal contributions from the Sportfish Restoration Fund.

Reservations must be made 48 hours prior to fishing. Youth are limited to one reservation

per month. To register your youth call the Wildlife District Five office, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 937-372-9261.

 

Kayak fishing course offered

Ohio Department of Natural Resources is hosting a “Fishing from a Kayak” program on Saturday, June 16 at the Sprucevale area of Beaver Creek State Park from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The basics of fishing from a kayak will be taught, starting with an introduction to kayak safety. The balance (no pun intended) of the session will be spent on the water fishing for several species of fish, including smallmouth bass, sauger, and walleye.

The program is for adults and children who have the strength to paddle a kayak and follow safety instructions and is free. However, pre-registration is required and participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants over 16 must have a fishing license.

Potential angler/paddlers interested in reserving a space for the program may call Ken Fry, ODNR Division of Wildlife, at (330) 245-3030.

 

Turkey take was up as expected

Ohio hunters checked a total of 22,571 wild turkeys during the combined 2018 spring

wild turkey south zone hunting season, northeast zone hunting season and youth wild turkey hunting season, April 21-May 27. In 2017, hunters checked a total of 21,042 wild turkeys.

Hunters checked 20,689 birds during the 2018 wild turkey south zone and northeast zone hunting seasons compared to 19,147 birds in 2017. Youth hunters checked 1,882 birds during the 2018 youth season compared to 1,895 in 2017.

Ohio’s 2018 spring wild turkey season was open from Monday, April 23, to Sunday, May 20, in the south zone and from Monday, April 30, to Sunday, May 27, in the northeast zone. Youth season was April 21-22. Hunters can view the 2018 spring turkey season zone map and harvest regulations at wildohio.gov.

A list of all wild turkeys checked during the 2018 combined spring turkey hunting seasons is

shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2018, and the 2017 numbers are in parentheses. An * designates a northeast zone county, which was open to wild turkey hunting through Sunday, May 27. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 398 (503); Allen: 71 (91); Ashland: 294 (275); Ashtabula*: 573 (645); Athens: 573 (410); Auglaize: 42 (60); Belmont: 738 (535); Brown: 383 (426); Butler: 207 (189); Carroll: 509 (449); Champaign: 89 (89); Clark: 21 (18); Clermont: 347 (418); Clinton: 63 (45); Columbiana: 350 (332); Coshocton: 803 (654); Crawford: 62 (75); Cuyahoga*: 11 (10); Darke: 49 (45); Defiance: 223 (291); Delaware: 105 (102); Erie: 48 (57); Fairfield: 128 (130); Fayette: 14 (15); Franklin: 20 (23); Fulton: 109 (141); Gallia: 455 (472); Geauga*: 260 (246); Greene: 16 (24); Guernsey: 803 (564); Hamilton: 93 (108); Hancock: 38 (52); Hardin: 86 (87); Harrison: 697 (551); Henry: 68 (58); Highland: 377 (457); Hocking: 443 (379); Holmes: 398 (377); Huron:

162 (170); Jackson: 492 (448); Jefferson: 497 (403); Knox: 459 (436); Lake*: 65 (86); Lawrence: 256 (293); Licking: 456 (419); Logan: 118 (137); Lorain: 145 (165); Lucas: 75 (67); Madison: 13 (6); Mahoning: 218 (231); Marion: 31 (37); Medina: 169 (172); Meigs: 673 (535); Mercer: 19 (20); Miami: 14 (24); Monroe: 808 (593); Montgomery: 21 (19); Morgan: 546 (428); Morrow: 160 (181); Muskingum: 793 (612); Noble: 585 (482); Ottawa: 0 (1); Paulding: 71 (113); Perry: 440 (390); Pickaway: 25 (19); Pike: 261 (300); Portage: 274 (289); Preble: 112 (93); Putnam: 57 (66); Richland: 336 (347); Ross: 364 (391); Sandusky: 18 (21); Scioto:

289 (299); Seneca: 151 (179); Shelby: 38 (46); Stark: 326 (338); Summit: 76 (57); Trumbull*: 374 (409); Tuscarawas: 810 (676); Union: 49 (59); Van Wert: 23 (22); Vinton: 467 (361); Warren: 115 (95); Washington: 695 (544); Wayne: 123 (145); Williams: 232 (283); Wood: 19 (24); Wyandot: 87 (108). Total: 22,571 (21,042).

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