The Ohio Division of Wildlife is recommending to the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council (a group of really old geezers, some of whom have held their positions since the last Ice Age, but I digress) that 16 inland waterways install a 15-inch minimum length limit on walleye, saugeye and saugers. Among them are popularly fished Pleasant Hill Reservoir, Atwood Lake, West Branch Reservoir, Seenca Lake, Piedmont Lake,and Tappan Reservoir.
The request is intended to "improve the age and size structure" of the walleye, saugeye and sauger populations found in each of the 16 waterways, the Wildlife Division says.
If approved by the Wildlife Council the limit change will go into effect starting March 1, 2011.
Also of interest is that the season on snapping turtles would be closed from May 1 to June 30, which is the species' breeding season.
Meanwhile the daily bag limit on bullfrogs and green frogs would increase to 15 and no possession limit. I know that some folk out there will be positively breathless about this announcement.
In other news, the federal government's Interior and Agriculture departments have joined forces to create the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. This will become an advisory group that replaces the existing and smaller Sporting Conservation Council. The new group will include representatives from the archery, hunting and shooting sports industries as well as members from the nation's major hunting organizations.
It will work on supporting hunting- and shooting-related issues, wildlife conservation and other related matters.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn