COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Wildlife Council received a proposal to allow a maximum of three lines while fishing nationwide during its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. If approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council, the proposed rule change will take effect January 1, 2023.
If approved, Wednesday’s proposal will bring state – wide rod and wheel regulations in line with those already in place for the Lake Erie Sports Fishing District, Ohio River fishing units and Pymatuning Lake by increasing the limit to three lines. This change was proposed to streamline fishing rules.
A further proposal would remove site-specific catfish rules for the Hoover Reservoir and bring the popular fishing destination in line with state-wide rules. Currently, the rules of the Hoover Reservoir protect all catfish between 18 and 28 inches with a daily limit of 4 fish. State-wide catfish rules restrict an angler to one blue cat 35 inches or longer and one channel catfish 28 inches or longer, with no restrictions for shorter fish.
The Division of Wildlife Research shows that Hoover Reservoir meets the expectations of anglers and agencies. Removal of special rules would improve fish growth, reduce the time for fish to reach trophy lengths and simplify harvest rules by bringing them back to nationwide rules.
In addition, the Ohio Wildlife Council received a proposal that would specify that an annual shooting range permit would expire one year from the date of issue. Under current rules, an annual shooting range permit required by those 18 years of age and older to shoot on Division of Wildlife Class A, B and C ranges expires on the last day of February each year.
Additional suggestions received by the Ohio Wildlife Council include:
- Remove the crappie size limit in the Mahoning River downstream of the Lake Milton Dam.
- Extend camping dates in the Woodbury Wildlife Area to include the Friday before Memorial Day to be sure to include the hunting season for wild turkeys.
- Update the descriptions and boundaries of the limited migratory bird hunting area in Muddy Creek Bay so that it can be located using readily available modern technology.
- Modify fishing rules so that float line restrictions apply only to state-owned or controlled waters.
A complete list of suggestions is available at wildohio.gov. Further information on applicable rules can be found in the latest hunting and trapping or fishing booklets.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the Division of Wildlife’s proposed rules and regulations. The meetings are held virtually and are open to the public. Persons interested in commenting are kindly requested to register by calling (614) 265-6304 at least two days before the meeting. All comments must last three minutes or less.
The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for the sustainable use and appreciation of all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.