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Winter Blues Be Gone! Let’s Go Fishing!

April 4, 2014
ODNR

ALLIANCE, OH - Despite the record cold weather across Ohio this past winter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife fish management crews in northeast Ohio were busy. Their efforts will pay off this spring as anglers dust off their waders and clean up their boats to hit the waters as temperatures begin to rise.

Over 1,100 holiday trees were recycled into fish concentration devices this past winter by the Division of Wildlife. Structures were placed just southwest of the Price Street Bridge that runs across Berlin Reservoir, a 3,280 acre lake that spans Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties. These trees will be excellent spots for crappie and other panfish, and they should be fishable for several years. "There were days this past winter where it was just too cold to work," said Matt Wolfe, fisheries biologist who oversees this project for the Division of Wildlife. "In the end, however, we managed to place these trees in an area where both shore anglers and boat anglers can start using them this spring."

Tree structures were placed southwest of the bridge, from depths ranging from four to eight feet deep at normal pool. GPS coordinates for the structures are N 40o 58' 16.2" / W 81 o 6' 20.0" to N 40 o 58' 24.6" / W 81o 6' 18.5". The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures and the coordinates provided are in degrees, minutes, and seconds.

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Structures were placed just southwest of the Price Street Bridge that runs across Berlin Reservoir, a 3,280 acre lake that spans Mahoning, Portage, and Stark counties.

The goals of this project are to increase angler participation by concentrating fishes in identified areas and to increase angler catch rates. The Division of Wildlife would like to thank the Mahoning County Green Team and various other tree vendors across Northeast Ohio for recycling the holiday trees, the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office for transporting materials, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for placing some of the structures.

A downloadable Google Earth file containing all of the structure placements throughout northeast Ohio is available by contacting the Wildlife District Three office at (330) 644-2293. To view pictures of the structure placements visit wildohio.com.

 
 

 

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