Blade outdoors editor Matt Markey has been named to the Ohio Record Fish Committee, a group that reviews and certifies the state’s official record fish. Markey will serve as one of the five members of the committee that is chaired by Fred Snyder, a retired fisheries specialist and associate professor with Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio State University.
The Ohio Record Fish Committee is operated by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, the only outdoor writers organization in the country responsible for maintaining a state’s official angling records. The committee members scrutinize record fish applications for supporting documentation, certified weight slips and statements from a fisheries biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife confirming the species.
Ohio’s record fish are determined by weight only, and a very specific set of guidelines must be followed when submitting a potential record fish for review. A list of the current Ohio record fish, as well as state record fish application rules and forms, can be found at the outdoorwritersofohio.org website. Fish taken from pay lakes are not eligible for state record consideration.
A few clouds and a few raindrops did not deter the anglers from the Gold Medal 4H Club in their recent fishing derby held at W.W. Knight Preserve in Perrysburg. According to MSgt. Norman Drzewiecki, who organized the event, the kids had a great time, learned some fishing basics, and then brought in some nice bluegills, bass and catfish. Everyone caught fish, and the next generation of fishermen is off to a great start.
Lake Erie walleye angler and Ohio State Buckeyes fan extraordinaire Bryan Johnson is battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and his family and friends have joined the fight. On April 26, they will hold a benefit to help cover the rising costs of Bryan’s home health care. There will be a spaghetti dinner, with 50/50 raffles, gift raffles, and a silent auction. The Tony Godsey Band will provide blues music. The event will be held from 1-6 p.m. at the Sylvania Moose Lodge, located at 6072 N. Main St. in Sylvania. There is a $10 admission charge, and donations of any size are also being sought. For ticket information, contact Ted Warrington at 419-704-3703 or Dale Ellis at 419-810-4485.
The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host a training session on Thursday, April 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center located at 6200 Bay Shore Road in Oregon. Future trainings will be held throughout the spring and summer and are announced on www.ohiosierraclub.org website’s Clean Water Calendar.
Ohio State grad Matt Failor and his team of sled dogs were resting at the Kaltag check station as of 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 16. Failor is in 43rd place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, with 639 miles covered at this point. The race covers approximately 1,000 miles of some of the most rugged terrain in Alaska.'
Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed and future hunting, trapping and fishing regulations at open houses around the state from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The 2015-2016 deer hunting proposals under consideration include a reduction in bag limits and antlerless permit use, as well as a shift in the youth season. The Northwest Ohio open house will be held at the Wildlife District Two office at 952 Lima Ave. in Findlay.
The Tri County Chapter of Delta Waterfowl has rescheduled its annual banquet for Feb. 28, after inclement weather forced postponement on the original date. The event will be held at the Lions Community Park Building in Arcadia. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. The meal will be provided by Dell’s Restaurant in Fostoria, and there will be live and silent auctions along with raffles. Tickets are $50, $70 for couples, and $20 for youth. For reservations and information contact Dottie Colbert at 419-435-2732.