As we move into the July 4 time and holiday week. The good news is that the water and cooler weather has kept the fishing in lakes, ponds and reservoirs shallow. Spawning is even still going on.

Fishing in Lake Erie for walleye has been and is still red hot. Many limit catches of walleye are being taken out on the lake. Also, the last weekend of June means bass are now keepers out on the Great Lakes and tributaries. Water temperatures have remained cool and walleye are still in the western basin.

Anyone interested in learning about hunting or knowing more about public hunting opportunities in northwest Ohio is encouraged to attend a free informational program on July 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sandusky County Sportsmen’s Club located at 3950 State Route 600, Gibsonburg 43431. The program is free of charge and will cover hunting, the most popular game species in northwest Ohio such as squirrel, waterfowl and white-tail deer. Experienced Division of Wildlife staff will share information on how to get started hunting, where to hunt in northwest Ohio and how to apply for controlled hunt opportunities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a notepad and pencil to take notes. The program will be held indoors in the clubhouse. Please be aware that the 4H Shooting Sports program will be using the ranges on the club grounds. If you have a child interested in joining this program, shooting sports advisor MaryAnn Miller will be available to answer questions.

The Division of Wildlife partners with conservation clubs around the state to promote shooting, hunting, fishing, and conservation in Ohio. To find a club near you, visit wildohio.gov and search conservation clubs. Questions regarding this program can be directed to 419-424-5000.

We have a conservation club local out on County Road J across from Bible Park.

Families looking for outdoor fun over the Independence Day weekend are invited to come out to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on July 5.

Activities will include a bird banding demonstration, fishing and archery at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center located at 13229 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor 43449.

Volunteers from the Green Creek Wildlife Society will be banding nestlings from the purple martin colony at 11 a.m. Join them to learn about purple martins and how citizen science has helped this species to prosper.

Archery and fishing will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Archery will be supervised by Division of Wildlife staff and all necessary equipment will be provided.

Fishing will take place in the pond around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Loaner poles and bait will be provided; however, anglers are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment. Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a current Ohio fishing license. Fish caught may be kept within the guidelines set by the Ohio Fishing Regulations.

Anglers are welcome to fish the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center throughout the summer with their own fishing equipment sunrise to sunset. To learn more about Magee Marsh Wildlife Area visit wildohio.gov. For more information about these activities, call 419-424-5000.

‘Til next time . . .

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